Fabian Oefner’s visual expression of the invisible effects of the natural sciences and the properties of time is the genesis of his photography, film and kinetic installations. His art forms encourage us to conceptualize in new ways, and to accept that art and science do not exist on opposite ends of the academic spectrum but rather inform each other in tangible ways.
Oefner was born in 1984. He grew up in Switzerland where he still lives and works today. Art is his lens to experience -- from his preliminary studies at the Basel University of Art where he studied painting, photography, typography and art history -- to his Bachelor of Arts in Product Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Northwestern Switzerland where he learned that successful design was a multi-layer complex process, combining the widest variety of factors: tactile definition, aesthetics, readability, emotional effect, as well as the language of form, into a single functional product. Parallel to Oefner's tenure as Leica’s Director of Visual Style for Geosystems (2009-2012), he continued to explore and experiment with visualizing time and the invisible effects of the natural sciences. In 2013, he founded Studio Oefner.
The profound intention of Oefner’s art defies description. His explorations into the ephemeral poetry of time and the natural world stop us, allowing us to see the invisible, while provoking us to wonder about the myriad magical moments we do not see, while never considering the artist’s process that created them.
Oefner`s work is frequently featured in international blogs and printed publications such as The Washington Post, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Stern, Wired, BBC among many others. In 2013, he gave a TED talk about his art and the process behind it. Click here to watch it.
J. Velasco, S. Velasco: Look Inside. Gestalten Verlag. Berlin. 2016
V. Jalongo: The Sense of Beauty. Amka Films. 2017
2016: Disintegrating. MAD Gallery, Geneva
2016: Disintegrating. MAD Gallery, Dubai
2015: Infinite Moment in Time. Gerald W. Lynch Theathre. New York
2014: Paint in Motion. Beihang University, Bejing
2014: Ephemeral. theprintspace Gallery, London
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018: Moving Image, Shanghai Auto Museum, Shanghai, China
2017: xPosure, Sharjah, UAE
2016: Interferences, KIKK Festival Namur, Belgium
2015: World Science Festival, New York
2015: Milan Design Week, Milan
2014: Photo Zurich
2013: Curiosity Paris.