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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Ran Huang

b. 1982, China

Huang Ran lives and works in London and Beijing. He graduated from Birmingham Institue of Art and Design with a First Class Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in 2004. He gained his Masters in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2007. Huang was one of the sixteen artists presented by European Media Artists in Residency Exchange (EMARE) 2009 programme, supported by European Culture Programme and Art Council England.

Huang Ran is the author of visionary videos in which sense of wonder and drama, frailty and a desire for absoluteness, ambiguity and inevitability coexist. The exasperated yet alluring iconography of his works draws the viewer right into the swirl of conflicting emotions in which one has the constant sensation that some marvellous tragedy is about to take place. The pathos that runs through the images of his videos, as in his recent piece Blithe Tragedy, is based on the deconstruction of reality, its transfiguration and transformation into a pantomime whose ephebic protagonists are suspended between their role as chosen victims and (un)conscious executioners. The aesthetic appeal conveyed by the perfect images of his work acts as a counterpoint to the shattered inner world of the characters constantly on the brink of the adyss of their emotions and fears.

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Featured Artworks

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A (Pyramidal) Self-Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork
Ran HuangA (Pyramidal) Self-Portrait, 2015 Oil on canvas in two parts
150 x 246 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
A Self Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork
Ran HuangA Self Portrait, 2015 Oil on canvas
170 x 204 x 4 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Untitled by Ran Huang contemporary artwork
Ran HuangUntitled, 2014 Blue pennant stone
130 x 130 x 30 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
I Will See It When I Believe It by Ran Huang contemporary artwork
Ran HuangI Will See It When I Believe It, 2014 Gear box, white satin flag and stainless steel pole
Variable dimensions
Simon Lee Gallery
Mute by Ran Huang contemporary artwork
Ran HuangMute, 2014 Trivision billboard and inkjet print
266 x 154 x 16 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
A (Pretentious) Self-Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork
Ran HuangA (Pretentious) Self-Portrait, 2014 Oil on canvas
140 x 170 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
An (Ashamed) Self-Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork
Ran HuangAn (Ashamed) Self-Portrait, 2014 Oil in canvas
158 x 190 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
A (Timid) Self-Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork
Ran HuangA (Timid) Self-Portrait, 2014 Oil on canvas
190 x 142 cm
Simon Lee Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ran Huang, An Experience Shaped by An Experience I Never Experienced at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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5 September–4 October 2014 Ran Huang An Experience Shaped by An Experience I Never Experienced Simon Lee Gallery, London

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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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All Hail Xu Zhen: Report From Art021, Shanghai 2014 Ocula Report All Hail Xu Zhen: Report From Art021, Shanghai 2014 1 Dec 2014 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

ART021 takes its name from the Shanghai dialing code. The numbers serve as a synonym for the city, but only for people calling from within China—from outside the country, you’d call +8621. Still, 021 make more sense for this fair. Founded in 2013 by local PR director Bao Yifeng and former gallery director Kelly Ying, ART021’s...

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In Related Press

Christie's takes fresh approach to emerging Chinese contemporary artists in new auction Related Press Christie's takes fresh approach to emerging Chinese contemporary artists in new auction Jing Daily : 21 September 2015

Global auction stalwart Christie’s is taking a fresh approach to Chinese contemporary art this fall with a traveling exhibition and sale featuring a diverse selection of work by up and coming artists. Called +86 First Open, the program straddles Shanghai and New York, kicking off with highlights from more than 30 works of art on display at...

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