Paintings by Carl OstendarpJuxtapoz // Friday, 12 Oct 2012
Carl Ostendarp's paintings were once described by art critic Jerry Saltz as a hypothetical collaborative art production by Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat, Jules Olitski, and Roy LIchtenstein, and we couldn't agree more. These playful paintings evoke a range of visual cues from cartoons to high art minimalism (quite notably referenced in Untitled (Miro Painting)), and Ostendarp's distinctive painted typeface has an undeniable resemblance to that which appears in all of our favorite children's books by none other than the author of The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who!, and Green Eggs and Ham (just to name a few from the master of eccentric rhymes and fantastical character illustration).
Filled with humor and laced with references to art history as well as contemporary popular culture, Ostendarp's paintings have seduced us into their pleasantly colored world of empty, melting Seuss-ian landscapes. As you gaze into Master Cylinder with its dark brown drip descending over a cream-colored ground, you can't help but imagine a seemingly playful yet dark sky over a mountain range of cartooned, snow-capped alps and wonder, "Oh, the places you'll go."