Stefan Onowski

"Lichtung" - series of 2-color oil-based woodcuts on paper, Edition 6, size of each print: 69 x 50 cm
©2019 Stefan Osnowski

LICHTUNG is the german equivalent for glade, an open area inside the forest where suddenly light breaks through the branches. With these works I want to react to modern automatisms of "digital vision" by trying to confront the viewer with this virtualization of vision. The actual image motifs, some of which have been broken down and reduced to the smallest aesthetic elements, such as points, lines or wave-like interferences, dissolve in front of the eye of the observer or partially even completely fade away in the light: they are images between the visible and the invisible, blurred, yet whispering imagery.

"Ikarische Landschaft" - series of 2-color oil-based woodcuts on paper, Edition 6, size of each print: 69 x 50 cm
©2019 Stefan Osnowski

The title alludes to the myth of Icarus: Icarus, who despite his father Daedalus' warning, comes too close to the sun that melts the wax of his wings and Icarus ultimately paid for his devilment with his life. Here the blurring creates image spaces that irritate, challenge and activate the cognitive system. However, this prints do not show Icarus, it is not an illustration of the myth that was ones one of the most popular reproductions in the heyday of the woodcut in the High and late Middle Ages. Here it’s not Icarus, it’s a landscape that dissolves, fades away or falls, and can only be recognized in vague lines. The blurring appears as a form of absence or emptiness that remains hidden from the viewer.