victory in loss by bjorn bauer // dec 12
For December we fill our gallery with "Victory In Loss" a new series of oil painting and individually embellished screen prints by Oklahoma based artist Bjorn Bauer. The series contains a consistent theme but builds a visual contrast between the styles and qualities seen in the paintings and prints.
Artist Questions What is your medium/process? Primarily oil painting and screen printing, but I also experiment with mixed media and take on various illustration projects.
Where are you from? I lived in Germany until I was eight, then lived in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Malaysia, but I've lived in Oklahoma for the past fourteen years.
How would you describe your latest body of work? This latest set of pieces is titled Victory in Loss, and these pieces mark somewhat of a shift form my previous work, which has mostly been in a more straightforwardly expressionist style. The new work consists of oil paintings and individually embellished screen prints. I've used a consistent set of symbols and subject matter in the whole set; but the paintings are in a more polished, surrealist style; whereas the prints are more intense and much grittier. I think this will present an interesting contrast visually; and, in a way, the contrast reflects the themes in the title.
What inspires you? My wife, my students, Gustav Klimt, the Smashing Pumpkins, and anyone who exhibits exemplary creativity or kindness.
How did you get started? As a kid, drawing was my natural response to anything interesting, so I realized pretty early on that I needed to create images in some capacity.
What are your goals for the future? I'd like to show my work in Berlin someday. I'd also like to go back to art school and earn an MFA. I want to be the best artist I can be, even if it takes me until I'm 100 years old.