PLAYGROUND FOR ALL, instillation, 2010
My sculptures explore the roles dogs play in our society and their reaction to the demands placed upon them. Dogs need to modify their animalness to be successful companions to humans. Their responses to people's demands are in their body language, posture, gesture and expression.
The dog sculptures portray the dog/human created by our society. Trust, protection, fear, unconditional love, aggression are the emotional states that I try to express in the sculptures.
TWO WOMEN AND A MAN , oil on linen, 2010
40 x 46 inches.
This is an exhibition of large, narrative oils painted in the New Old Master style. Gouache studies of people are also on view. Oberst’s subjects frequently make eye contact with the viewer as they pause in sometimes disquieting moments from daily life. Mystery and complexity underlie the simplest of gestures.