Photographic paintings by Swiss visual artist and photographer Fabian Oefner.
Fabian Oefner’s series of photographic paintings is an artistic exploration of the limits and possibilities of photography. Viewed from a distance, the compositions seem like paintings resembling Mark Rothko’s nebulous rectangles or Clifford Still’s monochromatic fields of color. His series of striking color gradients could be defined as structures made with subtle brush strokes. However, on closer inspection one can see numerous clues that define the artworks as photographs. Please read more below the following image.
In order to create these colorful compositions, Fabian Oefner used a lead-like element called “bismuth”. After the melting process in a large pan, the artist has removed the top layer of the liquid metal. The exposed material reacts with the air, which results in various color gradients. As soon as the top layer is removed and the changing colors appear, Oefner captures the fleeting moment with a camera. See more below. For further information, please visit Fabian Oefner’s website. fabianoefner.com