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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Brian Calvin

b. 1969, USA

Back in the 1990s, Brian Calvin began developing a figurative, non-narrative, pictorial style. Landscapes and portraits steeped in his Californian roots dominated this work. Close-up treatment of subjects, highly composed structures, as well  as  luminous colors laid flat endow these large-scale paintings with a  strange temporality. In observing his technique of pictorial economy, one gradually comes to see a type of abstraction in his representation of certain details. They reveal, even greater still, the true finality of his work, reaffirming the primacy of a visual reflection on painting itself and its possibilities. 'I prefer to experience abstraction through the creation and tending of images. Painting provides the medium.'

Featured Artworks

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Alert by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinAlert, 2019 Acrylic on linen
101.6 x 76.2 cm
Almine Rech
Façade by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinFaçade, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
284.5 x 177.8 cm
Almine Rech
Proscenium by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinProscenium, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 274.3 cm
Almine Rech
Subduction by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinSubduction, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
142.2 x 213.4 cm
Almine Rech
Ghost by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinGhost, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
177.8 x 142.2 cm
Almine Rech
Group Thinking by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinGroup Thinking, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
142.2 x 177.8 cm
Almine Rech
Some Distance by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinSome Distance, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
142.2 x 177.8 cm
Almine Rech
A Little Background by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinA Little Background, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Brian Calvin, Fugue at Almine Rech, Paris
Closed
9 March–6 April 2019 Brian Calvin Fugue Almine Rech, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Brian Calvin, States at Almine Rech, Brussels
Closed
19 April–27 May 2017 Brian Calvin States Almine Rech, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Brian Calvin, Hours at Almine Rech, Paris
Closed
3 March–12 April 2016 Brian Calvin Hours Almine Rech, Paris

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