The work of Swedish artist Oscar Pastarus explores the power of repetition, grey scale and fresh geometric shapes. The prints, graphics and typefaces created by Oscar P. are all about the juxtaposition of hard and soft textures, and how when combined in art the two create a fluid surrealist aesthetic. Pastarus’ work could easily be described as mesmerizing, with trippy reoccurring graphics.
When I ask him about the appeal of this particular aesthetic he comments,
“Contrasts appeal to me, which might be why a lot of my work is in black and white and why I work with sharp versus fluid shapes. Obviously contrasts are something all designers and artists work with… analogue versus digital, new versus old, fine artists versus amateurs et cetera.
“I don’t see myself narrowing down to one field, I enjoy the variation of working in different mediums or combining them. It’s more about the idea than the medium used. More likely I’ll experiment in new fields.”
With every new work Oscar P. is reinventing his style, and refining back his aesthetic. By acknowledging his former work, he uses known motifs and styling as a foundation for new work, creating a distinctive but ever-changing theme.
Oscar Pastrus’ marriage of minimalistic layering techniques, and a contemporary graphic aesthetic creates a unique, modest feel, which commands your attention.
Words/ Bridgette Hungerford