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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Memory Disco at Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington
2 February–2 March 2019 Group Exhibition Memory Disco Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Jake Walker, American Music at Hamish McKay, Wellington
8 February–2 March 2019 Jake Walker American Music Hamish McKay, Wellington

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Seung Yul Oh Ocula Conversation Seung Yul Oh Artist, Korea

Born in Korea in 1981, Seung Yul Oh moved to New Zealand in 1997 and graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 2005. He has exhibited widely in New Zealand and Korea. In 2013 he was recipient of the SEMA Nanji Residency in Seoul and in 2011 was recipient of the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency, supported by...

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Alison Bartley Ocula Conversation Alison Bartley Founder, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

Alison Bartley is the founder and director of Bartley + Company Art, a leading gallery based in Wellington. The gallery sells and promotes artwork by emerging and established contemporary New Zealand artists, including Anne Noble, Brett Graham and Rachel Rakena. The gallery’s name reflects its ethos and Bartley’s belief that art is...

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Incredible alchemy: renowned ceramicist Liu Jianhua Related Press Incredible alchemy: renowned ceramicist Liu Jianhua Radio New Zealand : 30 May 2016

When walking into the Transfer exhibition space at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, its numbers confront first; 1500 individually cast ceramic pieces, 46 crates containing art work, dozens of pools of gold across a darkened floor, references to three airline crashes in China, one ceramic baby shoe hanging alone. White against white, the symbolic...

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Tails of the unexpected Related Press Tails of the unexpected Art News New Zealand : 15 June 2015

The Horses Stayed Behind is an exhibition commemorating the thousands of horses that left New Zealand in World War I, of which only four returned. The centrepiece will be a tapestry, five metres by one metre, made of 500 rosettes, intricately woven in the style of the Victorian hair-wreath. Each of them hand-made by Auburn out of horsehair. Each of...

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Review: Seung Yul Oh At The Dunedin Public Art Gallery Related Press Review: Seung Yul Oh At The Dunedin Public Art Gallery Sophie Violet Gilmore for Eye Contact / 18 March 2014 : 27 March 2014

I’ve never understood why the Dunedin Public Gallery has such an enormous foyer and comparatively narrow gallery spaces, but over the years curators and artists have been negotiating this weird configuration in creative and practical ways. One of the most exciting exhibitions there has to be Seung Yul Oh’s Moamoa, a joint project with...

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