Seeking Alone Nowhere
Source:Artintern Author:Wang Ling Date: 2008-10-09 Size:
About Oliver Gosling’s Art.


Oliver Gosling, Stranger. 60 x 73cm. Pearlescent and graphite silver, resin, oil paint on canvas.

Today, when an artist took up his brush to the canvas, his steps wouldn’t be easy, because too many masters would stop him in all manner of ways to drown him down to the judgements of art history.

Oliver Gosling also has experienced such difficult time, but not as same as anyone else, he tried subtraction as the resolution. From the beginning of expression of materials, being back off the reality and in tension of the space, then, he returned from deep imagination of images and constituted a balance with the abstract.

Oliver Gosling learned why space had to be existed through traditional Chinese paintings and Japanese paintings, which seemed full of power in silence. To the oriental, space never meant emptiness, which was just like a container holding all possibilities of the actual and the mental. Thus, painting turned to be the site for body and mind, object and space, surface and inside, in which the artist had to start at a new beginning every time. So, it wasn’t surprising me that when talking about his creation, Oliver Gosling looked so like a child with honest and innocent expression on the face, whose eyes were shining for the exciting dream------as same as what ancient Chinese said “an adult remains pure mind”.

Oliver Gosling has been paying attention to the space for always. On the actual side of his art, he made full use of glossy pigment and its texture for distinctive characters of visual effect with friction. His vivid strokes of lines looked so energetic and attractive. In addition to the rich, full, harmonious and fresh colour, the unexpected calligraphic outline suddenly got to be amazing. On the other side, the mental, he was intended to simplify the elements of landscape, such as mountain, water, grass or tree, to the symbols for imagination and experience within the space. The emergence of human was only left to the anonymous or even traces like fingerprints. The archetype of human beings went through the shadow and the light, sometimes, showing the subconscious psychology of our loneliness, while desires longing for without reason.

Oliver Gosling didn’t spent time on the reality or materials, nor a direct self-expression. He enjoys himself in the scope of the frame, looking for the possibilities of space. When compassion of loneliness confronted joy of exploration, we could never immerse ourselves into such a spiritual atmosphere once again. Thanks for Oliver’s art from nowhere, we found us back to the origin, where life had just been ready to start, and art could be so pure and remote to reality, unrestrained by all freedom.

[Editor] Mark Lee