In Oliver Roura's painting the events do not take place on the surface of the canvas as has been happening in the western pictorial tradition. The traditional fabric and frame act here only as the display where the painting will be "installed" once the painting process itself has been completed.
In Roura's work, painting develops within itself. It is inside where actions, gestures, and different pictorial moments take action. Possibly it is not a coincidence that the work of painting "from within" the resulting forms refer us to microscopic views that at molecular level also show us the respective internal structures of the elements in question. Thus, Roura's work reflects in a certain way on the composition and structure of the painting itself.
It is through transparency that we will appreciate what the paint contains inside. This transparency, together with the smooth and glazed surface we see at first, also reminds us of the classic idea of a window. The idea of painting as a window to a landscape or an external reality takes on new dimensions here. Roura does not propose us to look through a window as in Renaissance painting, Roura proposes us to enter into this glass that acts as a border between what we perceive and what we are, to reflect ultimately on matter and the closest reality.
India Art Fair with Galerie Isa / 9 February - 12 February, 2018.
Diana Al-Hadid, Christian Achenbach, Edouard Baribeaud, Aldo Chaparro, Robert Elfgen, Rachel Howard, Michael Kunze, dris Khan, Annie Morris, Oliver Roura, Antonio Santin, Joseph Tong.
Shortlisted & Collected at the 2017 Artothek round.
Julieta Aranda, Rosa Barba, Geta Bratesku, John Cage, Mariana Castillo Deball, Heiner Franzen, Šejla Kamerić, Allan Kaprow, Alicja Kwade, Oliver Roura, Jonathan Schmidt-Ott, David Shrigley, Sean Snyder, Katja Strunz, Christine Sun Kim, Bernhard Uhlig, Jan Wawrzyniak, Ulrich Wüst
‘The Monsoon Show’ at Galerie Isa / 25th June – 11th September 2015.
Olafur Eliasson, Gregor Hildebrandt, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Dan Rees, Anselm Reyle & Oliver Roura
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or to usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky”. (Rabindranath Tagore)
The selected artists for the upcoming exhibition differ in how they conceptualize and visualize their practice in relation to their material, but what they all have in common is an urge to recognize, format and deform patterns – be it patterns of abstraction, of thought or of matter. They make visible what is often hidden, they encourage their mediums and forms to unfold their own logic in order to find a connection, a solution and compose it on to a surface.
By placing this show at the beginning of the Indian monsoon season, their artistic practice of abstract-pattern recognition and destruction builds a structural, poetic and aesthetic connection to the natural phenomenon of the Indian monsoon: current patterns that coat and move over the Indian subcontinent, South Asia and Indochina. Colossal winds gather water clouds from one place in order to unload it to another, simultaneously delivering rain and hence joy and sorrow to nature and to human beings