Yinfinity

Dmitri Obergfell

October 10 — November 08, 2014

Opening Reception
Friday, October 10th | 7PM - 9PM

View Exhibition Details

<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Dmanisi skull</em><span class='media'>laser etched interference paint on aluminum</span>9 x 6 3/4in<br>2014<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0010&body=I am interested in finding out more about Dmanisi skull by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Dmanisi skull</em>(view 2)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0010&body=I am interested in finding out more about Dmanisi skull by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Disambiguation</em><span class='media'>laser etched interference paint on aluminum</span>15 1/2 x 13in<br>2014<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0011&body=I am interested in finding out more about Disambiguation by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Disambiguation</em>(view 2)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0011&body=I am interested in finding out more about Disambiguation by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Disambiguation</em>(view 3)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0011&body=I am interested in finding out more about Disambiguation by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Form of Life (Ultima)</em><span class='media'>interference paint on aluminum</span>36 1/2 x 36in<br>2014<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about Form of Life (Ultima) by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Form of Life (Ultima)</em>(view 2)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about Form of Life (Ultima) by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Ur-Eve</em><span class='media'>laser etched interference paint on aluminum</span>5 1/4 x 2 5/8in<br>2014<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0004&body=I am interested in finding out more about Ur-Eve by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Ur-Eve</em>(view 2)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0004&body=I am interested in finding out more about Ur-Eve by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Ur-Eve</em>(view 3)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0004&body=I am interested in finding out more about Ur-Eve by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Yinfinity</em><span class='media'>interference paint on aluminum</span>24 x 24 in  (61 x 61 cm)<br>2014<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0009&body=I am interested in finding out more about Yinfinity by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Yinfinity</em>(view 2)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0009&body=I am interested in finding out more about Yinfinity by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Yinfinity</em>(view 3)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0009&body=I am interested in finding out more about Yinfinity by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Starmap 1</em><span class='media'>interference paint on digital print</span>32 x 27 in  (81.3 x 68.6 cm)<br>36 x 30 in  (91.4 x 76.2 cm) Framed (framed)<br>2014<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0012&body=I am interested in finding out more about Starmap 1 by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Starmap 1</em>(view 2)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0012&body=I am interested in finding out more about Starmap 1 by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Scalar Fields</em><span class='media'>interference paint on aluminum</span>47 x 60 3/8in<br>2014<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0006&body=I am interested in finding out more about Scalar Fields by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Scalar Fields</em>(view 2)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0006&body=I am interested in finding out more about Scalar Fields by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Scalar Fields</em>(view 3)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0006&body=I am interested in finding out more about Scalar Fields by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Our Lady of Anatomy</em><span class='media'>plaster, graphite, interference paint, polycarbonate,</span>65 x 24 x 26 in  (165.1 x 61 x 66 cm)<br>2014<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0007&body=I am interested in finding out more about Our Lady of Anatomy by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Our Lady of Anatomy</em>(view 2)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0007&body=I am interested in finding out more about Our Lady of Anatomy by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Our Lady of Anatomy</em>(view 3)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DOBE0007&body=I am interested in finding out more about Our Lady of Anatomy by Dmitri Obergfell'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Barnum Caviar</em><span class='media'>plaster, bejeweled, acrylic nails</span>2014<br></p>
<p><span class="name">Dmitri Obergfell</span><br><em>Barnum Caviar</em>(view 2)<br></p>
×

Dmitri Obergfell
Dmanisi skulllaser etched interference paint on aluminum9 x 6 3/4in
2014
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Dmanisi skull(view 2)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Disambiguationlaser etched interference paint on aluminum15 1/2 x 13in
2014
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Disambiguation(view 2)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Disambiguation(view 3)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Form of Life (Ultima)interference paint on aluminum36 1/2 x 36in
2014
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Form of Life (Ultima)(view 2)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Ur-Evelaser etched interference paint on aluminum5 1/4 x 2 5/8in
2014
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Ur-Eve(view 2)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Ur-Eve(view 3)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Yinfinityinterference paint on aluminum24 x 24 in (61 x 61 cm)
2014
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Yinfinity(view 2)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Yinfinity(view 3)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Starmap 1interference paint on digital print32 x 27 in (81.3 x 68.6 cm)
36 x 30 in (91.4 x 76.2 cm) Framed (framed)
2014
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Starmap 1(view 2)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Scalar Fieldsinterference paint on aluminum47 x 60 3/8in
2014
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Scalar Fields(view 2)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Scalar Fields(view 3)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Our Lady of Anatomyplaster, graphite, interference paint, polycarbonate,65 x 24 x 26 in (165.1 x 61 x 66 cm)
2014
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Our Lady of Anatomy(view 2)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Our Lady of Anatomy(view 3)
Inquire

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Barnum Caviarplaster, bejeweled, acrylic nails2014

×

Dmitri Obergfell
Barnum Caviar(view 2)

Gildar Gallery is pleased to present Dmitri Obergfell's first solo exhibition, Yinfinity running from October 10 - November 8, 2014. In this body of work the artist revives familiar images of reverence as contemporary objects of pop and awe. With sources as diverse as cartography, astronomy, car culture, rap music, and figures from classical antiquity, Obergfell continues to draw a common thread through cultural history, creating works that attempt to touch the core of the human psyche. Working through conceptual constructs including the transcendent, the historic, and the sublime, he has taken the archeological and transformed it into candy coated paintings and sculptures that glorify the transience of life through confounding combinations of abstraction, figuration and pure spectacle. 

From the twin-faced Latin god Janus looking at once into the past and the future, to its far eastern Yin Yang counterpart displaying intertwined energetic duality, Obergfell traces a visual line between discreet symbols imbued with spiritual meaning that have transcended their initial religious context. Other universal symbols, such as the human skeleton, the moon, and a predicted pangea, evoke a similar if not perhaps even more diffuse sense of this apotheosis. After generations of countless assimilations and perversions these images remain now as uprooted placeholders of import, equally suited for use in bumper stickers, corporate logos and fashion accessories. 

Any remaining historical identifiers embedded in these icons are subsumed by glass-like coats of two-toned Chameleon automotive paint. These once varied symbols transform into a highly cohesive set of shimmering global objects. The resulting refracting sculptural works immediately call out to be captured and shared in the social media-scape, while the shifting nature of their gradient surfaces resists accurate documentation and this digital cycle of instant archiving and memory loss. It is this tension between a shifting surface as a flattener of history and a requirement of experience that literally glosses over these symbols' origins while equipping them for the fierce competition among modern spectacles. By replacing the patina of history with an iridescent sheen, Obergfell resurrects icons that span geographies and timelines, retrofitting them to shine anew in the age of the relentless image. 

About the Artist 

Dmitri Obergfell is a multimedia artist who regularly draws upon both historical and contemporary motifs to explore fundamental human constructs. He received his BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and is currently a resident artist at RedLine Denver. His work has been exhibited domestically in Denver, Houston, Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles as well as internationally in, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Selected Works

  • Dmitri Obergfell
    Dmanisi skulllaser etched interference paint on aluminum9 x 6 3/4in
    2014
    Inquire

  • Dmitri Obergfell
    Disambiguationlaser etched interference paint on aluminum15 1/2 x 13in
    2014
    Inquire

  • Dmitri Obergfell
    Form of Life (Ultima)interference paint on aluminum36 1/2 x 36in
    2014
    Inquire

  • Dmitri Obergfell
    Ur-Evelaser etched interference paint on aluminum5 1/4 x 2 5/8in
    2014
    Inquire

  • Dmitri Obergfell
    Yinfinityinterference paint on aluminum24 x 24 in (61 x 61 cm)
    2014
    Inquire

  • Dmitri Obergfell
    Starmap 1interference paint on digital print32 x 27 in (81.3 x 68.6 cm)
    36 x 30 in (91.4 x 76.2 cm) Framed (framed)
    2014
    Inquire

  • Dmitri Obergfell
    Scalar Fieldsinterference paint on aluminum47 x 60 3/8in
    2014
    Inquire

  • Dmitri Obergfell
    Our Lady of Anatomyplaster, graphite, interference paint, polycarbonate,65 x 24 x 26 in (165.1 x 61 x 66 cm)
    2014
    Inquire

  • Dmitri Obergfell
    Barnum Caviarplaster, bejeweled, acrylic nails2014