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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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Firenze Lai

b. 1984, Hong Kong

Firenze Lai, born in Hong Kong in 1984. She graduated from Hong Kong Art School with a focus in painting. She currently works and lives in Hong Kong.

Space and context are two fundamental concerns when I paint these “situation portraits”, I always wonder how oneself adapts the mind and the body in different circumstances: I think, may be, sometimes that could be conscious but sometimes not. We may all experience instances with a blank mind, or paradoxical moments, which reveal the conditions of how individuals get along with themselves, sharing similarities and differences.  I oftentimes develop a strong sense of involvement when I paint – perhaps, what you had been through or had done are what I am experiencing now, same situation we shared happened in different time-space.

Featured Artworks

Information Center by Firenze Lai contemporary artwork
Firenze LaiInformation Center, 2018
Not For Sale
Para Site
Contour and Boundary by Firenze Lai contemporary artwork
Firenze LaiContour and Boundary, 2018 Graphite on paper
41 x 31 cm
Not For Sale
Para Site

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Bicycle Thieves at Para Site, Hong Kong
Closed
29 June–1 September 2019 Group Exhibition Bicycle Thieves Para Site, Hong Kong

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale Ocula Report Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale 12 Dec 2014 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Biennials are inherently messy. Gathering hundreds of pieces by international artists working in different mediums creates an exponential number of echoes and dissonances. Their messiness differs, though, in kind and degree, as exemplified in recent Shanghai Biennales.

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In Related Press

A Hundred Years of Shame- Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations Related Press A Hundred Years of Shame- Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations ArtAsiaPacific : 15 May 2015

After relocating to their new home in Quarry Bay, the Hong Kong’s nonprofit art space Para Site launched their inaugural exhibition, “A Hundred Years of Shame–Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations,” early this March. Co-curated by Cosmin Costinas, executive director and curator of Para Site, and Anthony Yung,...

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A Traveling Exhibition That Confronts Xenophobia at Every Stop Related Press A Traveling Exhibition That Confronts Xenophobia at Every Stop Observer : 15 April 2015

“A Journal of the Plague Year” is being shown concurrently at the Kadist Art Foundation and the Lab from April 1 through May 9. The show features work from contemporary artists like Ai Weiwei, Dorothea Lange, Paul McCarthy, Lygia Pape, Raymond Pettibon, and ASCO, in addition to historic documents borrowed from the UC Berkeley Library,...

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