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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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Clare Woods

b. 1972, United Kingdom

Clare Woods, who became well known through her large landscapes (up to 2.5 x 10.5 meters), works in three different genres that mutually overlap: portrait, landscape, and still life.

The point of departure for most of the works is black-and-white photographic source material from books or newspapers, or the artist's own photographs. Clare Woods is just as interested in the photographic reportage of Don McCullin as in photos of sculptures by Eduardo Paolozzi, such as Shattered Head of 1956, which can be found in the Tate Collection. Like Georg Baselitz, for whom the inversion of the motif creates a distance from reality, with her colourless source material Clare Woods places a filter between reality — the landscape, the portrayed person, the still life — and the painting. Within this creative latitude, suddenly any colour and painterly expression is possible. All decisions are on account of the painting and are released from the constraints of a specific representation of reality.

On an emotional level as well Woods also recodes the motifs through unusual coloration. 'I can project any colour onto the image as I have not experienced it first hand,' said Woods in an interview in October of 2014. The reference to figurative works of sculpture is a conceptual method used by Woods to achieve a kind of doubled abstraction. The reality transformed in the sculpture is refracted a second time in the painting process.

Clare Woods' works have been shown in solo exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield, in the Southampton City Art Gallery, and Chisenhale Gallery in London, among others. Her works can be found in the Margulies Collection, Miami, in the National Collection of Wales, in the Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, and in the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, among others.

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Featured Artworks

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This is Now by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsThis is Now, 2019 Oil on aluminium
150 x 100 x 3 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Ownlife by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsOwnlife, 2019 Oil on aluminium
150 x 150 x 3 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
How Little I Know by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsHow Little I Know, 2019 Oil on aluminium
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Stumpery I by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsStumpery I, 2010 Watercolour on paper
153 x 153 cm
Buchmann Galerie
The End by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsThe End, 2012 Oil on aluminium
50 x 70 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Study for Barbara’s Knickers by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsStudy for Barbara’s Knickers, 2015 Oil and spray paint on paper
53 x 45 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Study for Mrs Henry Hope by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsStudy for Mrs Henry Hope, 2015 Oil and spray paint on paper
28 x 37 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Study for the Bottler by Clare Woods contemporary artwork
Clare WoodsStudy for the Bottler, 2015 Oil and spray paint on paper
50 x 32 cm
Buchmann Galerie

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Clare Woods, Doublethink at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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6 September–6 October 2019 Clare Woods Doublethink Simon Lee Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Clare Woods, Password Revolt at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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16 January–2 March 2019 Clare Woods Password Revolt Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Print Project Space: New Editions at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
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1–22 September 2018 Group Exhibition Print Project Space: New Editions Cristea Roberts Gallery, London

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