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58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times Ocula Report 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times 24 May 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

The 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), certainly benefitted from low expectations, given the lacklustre curatorial of the previous edition, when different segments of the show were conceptually framed with titles like 'Pavilion of Joys and Fears' and 'Pavilion of Colours'. Add to this the...

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Zheng Bo Ocula Conversation Zheng Bo

Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo's social, ecological, and community-engaged art practice has, in recent years, focused on moving beyond a human-centred perspective to an all-inclusive, multi-species approach. He takes up marginalised plants and communities of people as subjects in his large-scale interventions, which reintroduce wildness into...

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended 24 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...

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Diana Al-Hadid

b. 1981, Syria

Syrian born and Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981) is known for her works on Mylar, panels and monumental sculptures of seemingly impossible architecture and abstracted imagery. Working with common materials, including polymer gypsum, plaster, fiberglass, wood, and steel, Al-Hadid creates structures that simultaneously soar and dissolve in space, in part due to an interest in the object’s relationship to the ground and studied engineering. At first glance it would appear the artist removes material to reveal the form. But her approach is in fact additive, the result of methodical layering and controlled drips, best exemplified by the panels—a perfect marriage of her drawing and sculpture practices. With a technique not dissimilar to fresco, she impregnates the material with pigment, creating paintings that can imbed directly into the architecture or hang on the wall. Al-Hadid’s rich, formal allusions cross cultures and disciplines, drawing inspiration from myriad sources including architecture, ancient invention, science, myth, and Old Master works. The latter prompted less by subject matter, but rather the Renaissance artists’ examination and demonstration of perspective. Al-Hadid has further expanded her practice to include outdoor sculpture.

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In Related Press

The Past and Present of a Syrian-American Artist Related Press The Past and Present of a Syrian-American Artist Hyperallergic : 14 October 2017

Full disclosure: Diana Al-Hadid is a cherished former student of mine, exemplary and adventurous. As a second-year MFA candidate in sculpture when I began teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004, she sought me out, requesting to audit my Critical Issues seminar (she couldn’t officially enroll because she had too many credits). I...

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Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels Elephant : 19 April 2017

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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