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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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Christo

b. 1935, Bulgaria

Born on the same day in 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and Casablanca, Morocco respectively, Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, began their collaboration in 1961 with their first outdoor temporary work Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages, Cologne Harbor (1961). A selection of their many celebrated public projects include Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida (1980–1983); Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia (1968–1969); Valley Curtain, Grand Hogback, Rifle, Colorado (1970–1972); Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California (1972–1976); Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin (1971–1995); The Gates, Central Park, New York City (1979–2005); and more recently The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy (2014–2016) and The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park (2016–2018).

All of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects are free and open to public, and are paid for through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. This process has allowed the artists full creative control and to freely pursue their singular aesthetic vision. Though they comprise an expansive array of materials and have occurred in diverse places around the world, all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects share a common impermanence—re-envisioning their environment, allowing viewers to see spaces with a new consciousness that lasts long after the work of art is removed.

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Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Christo, Christo at Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich
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20 April–4 November 2018 Christo Christo Galerie Gmurzynska, Paradelplatz 2

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It was 50 years ago, but Penelope Seidler still recalls how she got involved in Wrapped Coast, the first Kaldor Public Art Project. 'I can remember John coming back from a trip and he said "Christo wants to wrap up a coast, that's what he wants to do. Do you know anywhere where he could do it?"' Seidler pauses, 'I was sort of bemused. I...

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LONDON—In one sense, The London Mastaba, a temporary floating sculpture by Christo newly installed in Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake, is about nothing. Like much of Christo’s work it is purely a visual phenomenon meant to be experienced, as opposed to a vessel by which to communicate layers of meaning or an agenda, and much of the accompanying...

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Christo on his monumental floating sculpture for Serpentine Lake Related Press Christo on his monumental floating sculpture for Serpentine Lake Wallpaper* : 22 June 2018

An 83-year-old Christo was late to our interview in February. He was busy traipsing across Kensington Gardens, battling sideways rain, scouting potential locations for The London Mastaba, which was officially unveiled this week in Hyde Park.

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Christo’s Latest Work Weighs 650 Tons. And It Floats. Related Press Christo’s Latest Work Weighs 650 Tons. And It Floats. The New York Times : 18 June 2018

Wearing a hard hat and a cargo jacket, the artist Christo stood on a platform looking over the Serpentine lake one April morning and watched his latest creation come to life. As ducks glided across the water, men in orange jumpsuits began assembling the installation, a crane hovering above their heads.The London Mastaba, Christo's first major...

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