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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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David Griggs

b. 1975, Australia

In David Griggs’ graffiti-trash canvases, tattooed skeletons and religious rituals collide with gun-toting cartoon characters and the Ku Klux Klan. Griggs’ journey into this street carnival of politics and spirituality began at the age of eighteen, while photographing scenes of Indian and Nepalese poverty for an underground newspaper. Later, he spent time with refugees on the Thai-Burmese border. But it was the cacophonous confluence of cultures experienced during a 2005 residency in Manila that really revolutionised his practice. Griggs’ recent paintings are a personal response to what he saw in the Philippines: death, violence, poverty, religion and sex, all writ on the huge scale of Manila’s candy-coloured advertising banners. In a ‘reverse collage’ process riffing on the city’s visual complexity, Griggs commissioned banner painters to translate selected travel photographs into paintings, which Griggs then tagged with tattoo imagery, skulls, text and other symbolic elements.

Featured Artworks

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Wheel Wagon by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsWheel Wagon, 2018 oil on canvas
214 x 167.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Old white trash painter by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsOld white trash painter, 2018 oil on canvas
168 x 460 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Psychotropic vs sinthetic sin in the tropics by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsPsychotropic vs sinthetic sin in the tropics, 2017 acrylic on canvas
183.5 x 152.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Celia thunder storm by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsCelia thunder storm, 2017 acrylic on canvas
183.5 x 152.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
It’s forbidden to tattoo in eternity by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsIt’s forbidden to tattoo in eternity, 2017 acrylic on canvas
183.5 x 152.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Budda Bass Palm Tree by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsBudda Bass Palm Tree, 2017 acrylic on canvas
183.5 x 152.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
FUCKEN TRAFFIC E.S.S.A by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsFUCKEN TRAFFIC E.S.S.A, 2017 oil on canvas
213 x 152 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Diaspora is a work, so is holy crap by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsDiaspora is a work, so is holy crap, 2017 Oil on canvas
213 x 152 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, David Griggs, Heroes at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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15 November–8 December 2018 David Griggs Heroes Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, David Griggs, Palmtree Bass Budda at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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6–28 October 2017 David Griggs Palmtree Bass Budda Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, DAWSON, GRIGGS, MOORE at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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21 November–20 December 2013 Group Show DAWSON, GRIGGS, MOORE Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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Art as therapy with David Griggs Related Press Art as therapy with David Griggs The Adelaide Review : 17 May 2016

Griggs’ current exhibition at GAG Projects, Horror Business, is a personal exploration into the dark side. “I consider the works in the show to be primal, violent, comedic, sublime and honest,” Griggs says.

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