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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Crispin Akerman

b. 1960, Australia

The painting of Crispin Akerman invites our re-engagement with an ancient genre. Still-life reflects an appreciation of the profound mystery contained in the objects with which we surround ourselves. Such work highlights the condition of the everyday, whose familiarity often obscures its role as an expression of the wonder and beauty of material being. Making use of stylistic characteristics evocative of the Dutch Masters of the seventeenth century, Akerman invites the viewer to take a fresh look at what this meditative approach might offer today. An inner tension renders the works too unsettling to be purely decorative. The artist's considered approach to the elements of shape, form and colour inspires contemplation of the intimacy and sensuality of his subject.

Akerman attended the Julian Ashton School in Sydney before completing his Bachelor of Arts at the Canberra Institute of Arts in 1992, where he also worked as an assistant to painters Mandy Martin and Robert Boynes. Previously a member of the popular 1980s music group The Eurogliders, he now works full-time as an artist, exhibiting widely in Australia.

His works are included in the Parliament House collection in Canberra, Artbank, and numerous other public and private collections.

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