Carolyn Oberst

Exhibition “2021”

Carolyn Oberst is visual artist whose colorful work is influenced by the different, yet interconnected worlds around her. Whether it is the current, contemporary world, the world she creates for herself in her studio, or her internal world of dreams, intuitions, and memory, these aspects infuse her work. She’s an interdisciplinary artist, working across painting, drawing, mixed media, wood relief, and video animation. Currently, her focus has returned to the directness of oil paint on canvas. Drawing is an important part of her process, her image making always begins with drawing.

Oberst currently lives and work in NYC. Originally from Philadelphia, she settled in NYC after living in London, Southern Spain and Morocco, drawing and gathering influences along the way. She studied drawing at the Art Students League under Marshall Glasier on an Instructor’s Special Scholarship and painting at the NY Studio School. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in NYC and other US cities. Internationally, she’s had a two person show in Seoul, S. Korea and an artists’ residency in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her work is held in private and corporate collections.

STATEMENT

These circular paintings on gesso paper are from a series I did in 2013-2014, based on abstracted images of vintage toys. Because childhood is a universal experience and the impact from our early years stays with us throughout our lives, these objects carry with them an emotional charge. My attraction at the time to vintage toys stemmed from this idea.

Particularly choosing handmade sock toys as the basis of these images represented nostalgia for a simpler, less complicated time, reminding us of the things we know we are missing now because of our faster pace and new technologies. The abstracted shapes, colorful paint and animated style of the work have a contemporary feel, however, which reflect the excitement of the cultural expansion that these changes have brought us. These paintings are expressive of this very important and bittersweet contradiction of our time. Nostalgia for a simpler past while adapting to our current technologies and complications as they morph and change in the present.

DUCK MANDALA

Year: 2018

Materials: oil paint on gesso paper

Size: 27 inches diameter

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

Year: 2018

Materials: oil paint on gesso paper

Size: 27 inches diameter

Exhibition “2021”

As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”


We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.

The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,

a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.

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