“There are forces that I think about more than [about] concepts like becoming or knowing. I mean boredom, frustration, vanity.” Adrian Ghenie
The paintings of Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie are often described as dark and disturbing, a style of figurative painting where the tormented subjects faces are disfugured, blurred beyond recognition and/or partially superimposed with the face of someone else, which is similar to Francis Bacon’s paintings although it is unintended.
His work is not like Andy Denzler’s blurred ‘glitch’ paintings, but more like a collage where images and iconography of other historical scenes or objects are mixed into the otherwise blurry background. The subject in the foreground is usually painted realistically but then is finally disfigured anyway with globs of paint smeared across his or her face, resulting in the ‘Pie Fight’ series, or more recently the face of someone else partly mixed in.