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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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B. Wurtz

b. 1948, USA

Since the 1970's B. Wurtz has collected and repurposed commonplace found objects such as socks, plastic bags, shoelaces and mesh bags, alongside more traditional art materials as wood and marble, making low materials into icons of ordinariness through these juxtapositions. A 1973 drawing entitled Three Important Things which states "sleeping, eating and keeping warm", set the parameters for the materials Wurtz would go on to use in his aesthetic investigation of the mundane. His work channels the possibilities of everyday materials, never allowing the viewer to lose sight of what they are made from and how they are put together, providing evidence of both their formal quality and their function. He humbly seeks to dismantle the conventions of plastic discipline and finds order in things that are otherwise society's jetsam. His sculptures recall the understated language of the objet trouvé, but with distinctive profundity and wit. Among the works on view will be new works from a series referred to as "pan paintings".

These wall works are made from aluminum food containers and roasting pans that pass through every home. By painting over the patterns and texts on the exterior of the pans with various colors of acrylic paint, Wurtz transforms these disposable pans into something valuable. Wurtz additionally created a group of works in handmade paper during his LabGrant Program residency at Dieu Donné in New York.

"Most of my works are fairly simple arrangements. It often takes a longtime to get them where I want, but sometimes it's just a matter of a minor tweak that clinches it all. I don't want to obscure what the objects are. I like that there is inherent meaning attached to them in terms of their use-value, but ultimately I want the work to be formal, nearly classical." (B. Wurtz as told to Lauren O'Neill-Butler for 500Words, Artforum.com, June 2013)

B. Wurtz was born in 1948 in Pasadena, California, received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970 and his MFA fromCalifornia Institute of the Arts in 1980. Recent solo exhibitions include The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; MetroPictures, New York; Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg; The AldrichContemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; Maisterralvabuena, Madrid; RichardTelles, Los Angels; Kate MacGarry, London; Gregor Podnar, Berlin and White Flag Projects, St. Louis. He currently lives and works in NewYork.

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Featured Artworks

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Untitled by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork
B. WurtzUntitled, 2018 Wood, picture wire, screws, tin can, plastic cup, drinking straws, buttons, thread
86 x 21.5 x 21.5 cm
Kate MacGarry
I'm Popeye the sailor man #1 by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork
B. WurtzI'm Popeye the sailor man #1, 1996–2010 Acrylic on canvas, plastic lids, buttons
183 x 179 x 2 cm
Kate MacGarry
Untitled (Straw) by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork
B. WurtzUntitled (Straw), 2012 105 x 40.5 x 16.5 cm Kate MacGarry
Untitled by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork
B. WurtzUntitled, 2015 Paper, styrofoam
28 x 21.5 x 19 cm
Kate MacGarry
Untitled by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork
B. WurtzUntitled, 2015 Paper, styrofoam
28 x 19 x 22 cm
Kate MacGarry
Untitled by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork
B. WurtzUntitled, 2015 Paper, styrofoam
28 x 21.5 x 19 cm
Kate MacGarry
Untitled by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork
B. WurtzUntitled, 2015 Paper, styrofoam
26 x 21.5 x 20 cm
Kate MacGarry
Untitled by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork
B. WurtzUntitled, 2014 Wood, wire, plastic bags
175 x 66 x 91 cm
Kate MacGarry

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, B. Wurtz, B. Wurtz at Kate MacGarry, London
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31 May–13 July 2019 B. Wurtz B. Wurtz Kate MacGarry, London
Contemporary art exhibition, B. Wurtz, Domestic Space at Metro Pictures, New York
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6 September–20 October 2018 B. Wurtz Domestic Space Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Fifteen at Kate MacGarry, London
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11 November–16 December 2017 Group Exhibition Fifteen Kate MacGarry, London

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