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Munich, Bayern, Germany, 2013/03/05 - Conceptual artist Oscar Jarvi introduces his new work, created in his period in Syria 2012, called Conveyor: pictures about contrasts, assembled of colourful cubes.
Oscar Jarvi is fascinated by contrasts and absurd combinations. His work unfolds a framework of provocative differences and opposing life ideas. Every set of mostly three pictures consists of opposing ideas regarding a certain theme like Freedom, Safety and Combination; Adventure, Delight and War; Graze and Bliss. He did most of this work in his period in civil-war-suffering Syria in summer and autumn 2012 where he worked for United Nations.
His work points on ideas he has experienced in his own life. Only within the context of a set, the full meaning of each picture gets revealed. One pair of great contrasts for him is freedom on the one hand and a broad term of safety on the other hand, where he has ever struggled to find the proper compromise. Another contrast is to experience adventure, which in its pure form comes with deprivation, and to savour delight, style and luxury; yet by adding War into the according set he degrades the two other ideas to smallness and absurdity.
Opposites always span a range of opportunities. His work wants to make people think and feel about their contrasts in life, make them look where they are, yearn for where they are not and admit where they never want to be.
• Listen to the cubes
The cubes convey a different picture. The shape is blurred; therefore the colours and their climate get more important. Sometimes the cubes emphasize the shape of the underlying subject, sometimes they contradict it, but they never fully reveal it. “It’s like a girl, who appears with even more appeal and elegance in light lingerie than completely nude,” Jarvi says. This gets most obvious in the erotic Appeal set, where soft bodies are foiled by the squared cubes.
The pictures are created by computer. For each cube side the colour or colour gradation is calculated according to an underlying picture and the parameter adjustment. Most pictures are based on composed photos, taking his own or other’s photos as the source. The top set Freedom & Safety is based on Jarvi’s concept drawings. After printing the picture, Jarvi hand-paints larger cubes of oil on each piece; thus the items within an edition are still not completely identical.
Jarvi grew up in Vienna, Austria, born there in 1979. As a teenager he started getting his taste for adventure. First he did exhausting bike tours, where he occasionally nodded off while cycling, later he turned to mountain tours. He has lived in Helsinki in Finland, in Stockholm in Sweden and in the Damascus area in Syria, mainly for the experience as he says. He is now living in Munich in Germany. While holding university degrees in engineering and business and an army officer’s rank, he has taught himself being an artist.
He communicates and sells his work himself. His internet site presents his idea and the complete set of Conveyor works. The items range from 24 cm by 38 cm to 148 cm by 148 cm in size, are limited to editions of 3 or 5 and are priced from 500 € to 5000 €. Jarvi’s logo, the hippo, stems from a cuddly toy which he got himself after his Africa journey.