RISD exhibition combines original work by Ostendarp and works from the collection

October 9, 2009

Carl Ostendarp, visiting assistant professor of art, exhibited Pulled Up at RISD's Museum of Art in the spring and summer. The exhibit was the result of a close collaboration between the artist and Judith Tennenbaum, curator of contemporary art. In the museum's Lower Farago Gallery, Ostendarp painted a two-color "drip" wall mural as part of an exhibition that featured his paintings and his selection from the permanent collection including works by Jean Arp, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and others.

According to Tennenbaum, "the project recalls and extends the legacy of Andy Warhol's Raid the Icebox I, that memorable and seminal exhibition organized at the RISD museum nearly 40 years ago."

Ostendarp's paintings are characterized by simple forms, words, or images, and the use of rich color — a blend of pop art, color field, and minimalism. For his selection from the museum's collection, Ostendarp focused on 20th-century works, with a concentration on prints and drawings from the 1960s and 1970s.

Ostendarp said of the works in storage: "[They were] a revelation. There was such an incredible variety and depth in all kinds of areas — glass, furniture, ceramics."

The exhibition was also accompanied by a music soundtrack that included songs by The Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Beck, and Nirvana, among others.

Also, this fall, Ostendarp collaborated with sculptor Gail Fitzgerald on the installation Plasti-Kool, on display in the CUNY Graduate Center's James Gallery vestibule windows on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

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