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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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Christian Holstad

b. 1972, USA

Linked by attitude rather than medium or method, American artist Christian Holstad's practice, which encompasses sculpture, installation, performance, photography, collage and textiles, probes received ideas about class, culture, sexuality and society. A keen eye on concepts of high and low informs a body of work that is concerned with the construction and manifestation of social and intimate spaces.

Holstad's practice has explored domestic and subcultural sites, often exploring and calling into question preconceived notions of identity and desire. His first show in New York was inspired by the story of David Phillip Vetter, the 'boy in the bubble' whose rare genetic immune disorder resulted in having to spend most of his short life in isolation in a plastic bubble. In contrast to the bedroom scene staged for that show, Holstad's 2006 installation Leather Beach included references to S&M clubs, tanning salons, and high-end boutiques. An interest in the culture of consumerism and the particularities of the contemporary recessionary moment are explored in an ongoing series of soft sculptures works that reference shopping carts. More recently Holstad has examined religious heritage in a series of reimagined Stations of the Cross (I Confess, 2009) and devotional texts (The Book of Hours, 2013).

In his ongoing series of Eraserhead drawings the artist selectively erases sections of images cut from newspapers and magazines, transforming their meanings in ways that hint at hidden or subtextual layers beneath the surface of received, media-sanctioned culture.

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Featured Artworks

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Pages from The Book of Hours (inevitable) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork
Christian HolstadPages from The Book of Hours (inevitable), 2011–2013 Graphite on newsprint, coloured pencil, and glass beads
62.9 x 37.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Pages from The Book of Hours (The Face of Modern Slavery) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork
Christian HolstadPages from The Book of Hours (The Face of Modern Slavery), 2011–2013 Graphite on newsprint, coloured pencil, and glass beads
62.9 x 37.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Pages from The Book of Hours (The Spirit) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork
Christian HolstadPages from The Book of Hours (The Spirit), 2011–2013 Graphite on newsprint, coloured pencil, and glass beads
62.9 x 37.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Bather (Golden Luster) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork
Christian HolstadBather (Golden Luster), 2017 Glazed ceramic
248.9 x 124.5 x 59.7 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Ritual Bathers by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork
Christian HolstadRitual Bathers, 2017 Coloured pencil, gampi, archival glue, handmade paper, glass beads and wall paint on board
99.1 x 198.1 x 0.6 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Bather Pink by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork
Christian HolstadBather Pink, 2017 Coloured pencil on gampi
63.5 x 96.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Bathing Crab by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork
Christian HolstadBathing Crab, 2017 Glazed ceramic
109.2 x 121.9 x 193 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Bud Vase (Bulbus Pink) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork
Christian HolstadBud Vase (Bulbus Pink), 2017 Glazed ceramic
28.9 x 14 x 9.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman at Victoria Miro, Venice
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26 January–18 April 2019 Group Exhibition Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman Victoria Miro, Venice
Contemporary art exhibition, Christian Holstad, New Positions at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
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18 May–24 June 2017 Christian Holstad New Positions Andrew Kreps Gallery, 537 West 22nd Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Protest at Victoria Miro, London
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23 September–5 November 2016 Group Exhibition Protest Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London

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Victoria Miro stages a group exhibition by artists concerned with socio-political issues of their day, who question the status quo and the power structures found within societies, and who take the language of protest as a means to explore its potency. Inspired by Alice Neel’s 1936 painting Nazis Murder Jews, the exhibition draws together new...

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Power to... the art of protest Related Press Power to... the art of protest The Guardian : 19 September 2016

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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