Ponstingl’s extant body of work represented in this exhibition spans two decades from the 1960s until the late 1970s. Inspired by dreams, his work in the 1960s recalls the work of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and other Surrealist painters. In the 1970s, Ponstingl began exploring otherworldly landscapes inhabited by biomorphic, alien-looking forms. He also experimented with abstract patterning, creating a series of works that resemble circuit boards and interconnected networks.
A recurring theme in his paintings are visions of abandoned, future civilizations, appearing as if discovered by intact, but uninhabited, by archaeologists. He was also preoccupied with the creation of a language of inscrutable symbols, evident in works like the monumental Tale of Bifurcations Through the Ages (1966).