As Albert Oehlen shifted into abstraction, he implicitly parodied the idea of the artist's struggle by juxtaposing chaotic passages with highly controlled and mediated ones.
"I started making abstract paintings because I was no longer taking the idea of representation seriously. It was a dream that I had for some time. I felt that I was making the same transition in my life as art history had done—moving from figuration to abstraction. It came about quickly because I was at a lucky moment where I had the courage to do it."
— Albert Oehlen