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transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Ocula Conversation transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Terence Sharpe, Berlin

Since 2012, Kristoffer Gansing has worked as the artistic director of transmediale—a festival at the forefront of digital media and culture that analyses the current moment through self-reflection and anticipation of rapidly oscillating futures. Explorations into moving image, online culture, and the socio-political landscape of digital...

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Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs. Yahon Chang: Cursive OUR Museum, National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA), No. 59, Section 1, Daguan Road, Banqiao...

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition, Images from abroad at Galerie EIGEN + ART (9 January–20 February 2020) ostensibly takes place on an end wall of the gallery. The wall bears markings hand-drawn in graphite that evoke shadows once cast by pictures, since removed, their fixtures also left in situ. Serving as a framework of variable...

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b. 1960, Australia

Andrew Browne Biography

Though predominantly a painter, Andrew Browne is also known for his works of photography, charcoal drawings, photogravure, intaglio, lithography and sculpture. Claiming diverse influences, including Jamie Hewlett (best known for creating the virtual band Gorillaz) and Akira Kurosawa (the influential filmmaker), Browne scrutinises the natural world and manmade interventions upon it, often fixating on minute details.

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Much of Browne's work centres around an approach that he describes as an 'accumulation of glimpses'. The sense of amassed moments manifests in multiple ways, most clearly in his repetition of certain imageries through different media. For example, the abandoned balloon with a smiley-face in a forest that appears in the photographs From the Periphery #2 (2010), Smiley-Lost (2012), or #9 (2016), also features in the oil painting Deflated (2011). Utilising another medium to recreate similar compositions, Brown seeks to reach a greater understanding of the moment he has captured.

Gnarled tree branches are a common theme in Browne's drawings, paintings, and photographs. In the charcoal drawing #30 (2014), a branch is so highly stylised as to appear almost alien; its disorientation and uncanniness are emphasised by the tightly cropped framing—a common compositional strategy in Browne's work. In his oil painting A visitation (blue) (2015), Browne depicts a similar branch but with colour, including a blue sky that gradates into black in the bottom. Compared to the stark contrast of black and white in #30, the variations in focus and blur in the painting makes it possible to detect a sense of motion in the branch.

While Browne's tree branches convey a somewhat malevolent presence—a sentiment echoed in his charcoal works depicting water and waterfalls—other works cultivate a more hopeful and playful quality. In his 'Pavement' series (2016), the artist records small, odd, and banal moments that would otherwise be lost, pineapple ring discarded on a footpath in #11 (2016), slumped on top of its damp trace, or the small piece of rectangular wood somehow resting on a wire netting in #8 (2016). In the same series, however, works such as #9 with the smiley-face and #4 (2016), depicting a graffitied mask that peeks through a hole on a wooden fence, also point to a potentially destructive and unnecessary manmade intervention on nature.

Browne lives and works in Melbourne.

Casey Carsel | Ocula | 2018

Andrew Browne Featured Artworks

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Study for Spill #4 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneStudy for Spill #4, 2018Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
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Study after Fall #2 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneStudy after Fall #2, 2018Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
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Spill by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneSpill, 2018Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
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Frozen by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneFrozen, 2018Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
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Drawing by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneDrawing, 2018Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
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Threhold by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneThrehold, 2018Oil on linen
152 x 605 cm
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Spill #4 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneSpill #4, 2018Oil on linen
151.5 x 110.5 cm
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Spill #3 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneSpill #3, 2018Oil on linen
152.2 x 98.2 cm
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Andrew Browne Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Andrew Browne, Spill at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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7 June–7 July 2018 Andrew Browne Spill Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 2 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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28 July–12 August 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 2 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 1 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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6–22 July 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 1 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Andrew Browne 'Spill' at Tolarno Galleries Related Press Andrew Browne 'Spill' at Tolarno Galleries 2 July 2018, Memo Review

To call Andrew Browne's practice 'disquieting' would, of course, be to say nothing new. In fact, a scan of the literature on his work shows that this, in some register or another, is about the only consistent thing said about his gothic greyscale drawing, painting and photography: it is disquieting, filled with suspense, dream-like, humming with...

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Andrew Browne, winner of the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize Related Press Andrew Browne, winner of the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize 12 June 2018, Tolarno Galleries

In a ceremony at Geelong Art Gallery on Friday 8 June, Andrew Browne was named the winner of the 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize for his work, The awakening . A biennial acquisitive award for contemporary painting with a cash prize of $30,000, the judging panel comprised Justin Paton (Head Curator of International Art, Art Gallery of New...

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