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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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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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Hans-Peter Feldmann

b. 1941, Germany

Hans-Peter Feldmann's conceptual practice explores various mediums from photography to painting, and can be characterised by a process of collecting, altering and re-interpreting. He often uses humour, subtle intervention and sometimes repetition to reinterpret found images and objects, thereby reflecting on representation and the construction of ideologies. In One Pound Strawberries (2005) Feldmann photographed the 34 strawberries that together make one pound revealing the individuals that make the collective. In 2008, he released a book called Album which serves as an archive of commercial imagery, with his own photographs occasionally added in. Pinup girls, fish, crime scenes, canned food, footballers and lynchings are all brought to live side by side in the same book. In this democratisation of imagery, Feldmann emphasises photography's power to record, manipulate and selectively curate history and vision.

Often referencing art history, Feldmann has created numerous works in which he appropriates or uses existing artworks and alters them. In his exhibition, Paintings, at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (17 March–31 May 2015), the artist made minor changes to existing paintings that had been painted by other artists. In two portraits, clown noses were painted onto the austere faces of a man and a woman. In another painting, a black censorship bar covers the eyes of a nude woman as well as the eyes of her swan. These changes allow the viewer to come to a complete reinterpretation of the original painting. In doing so, the ideologies at play in traditional art are simultaneously emphasised and rewired.

In 1980, Feldmann destroyed all of his artworks still in his possession and went into early retirement. Ten years later he returned to his practice and in 2010 he won the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York. His work has also been acquired by many collections, including the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, DC; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Tate, London.

Feldmann lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Biography by Casey Carsel | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Hans-Peter Feldmann contemporary artwork
Hans-Peter FeldmannUntitled 15 parts, oil on canvas
Simon Lee Gallery
All the clothes of a woman by Hans-Peter Feldmann contemporary artwork
Hans-Peter FeldmannAll the clothes of a woman 70 black and white photographs
85.1 x 118.1 cm (incl frame)
303 Gallery
Time series - Car driving by Hans-Peter Feldmann contemporary artwork
Hans-Peter FeldmannTime series - Car driving, 1970 38 black and white photographs
Simon Lee Gallery
Time series - Rosanna by Hans-Peter Feldmann contemporary artwork
Hans-Peter FeldmannTime series - Rosanna 36 black and white photographs
13 x 9 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Untitled by Hans-Peter Feldmann contemporary artwork
Hans-Peter FeldmannUntitled 4 black and white, 1 colour photograph
Simon Lee Gallery
Untitled by Hans-Peter Feldmann contemporary artwork
Hans-Peter FeldmannUntitled Oil on canvas
47 x 41 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Untitled by Hans-Peter Feldmann contemporary artwork
Hans-Peter FeldmannUntitled Oil on canvas
80 x 62 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Untitled by Hans-Peter Feldmann contemporary artwork
Hans-Peter FeldmannUntitled Oil on canvas
Simon Lee Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, En Plein Air at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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19 July–31 August 2019 Group Exhibition En Plein Air Simon Lee Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 303 Gallery: 35 Years at 303 Gallery, New York
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18 July–16 August 2019 Group Exhibition 303 Gallery: 35 Years 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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4 July–7 September 2018 Group Exhibition Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 Simon Lee Gallery, London

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