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b. 1979, Australia

James Ostrer Biography

James Ostrer’s work often tests the limits of the body politics in the ever evolving analysis of the western body, sexuality, and society. In 2009, Ostrer staged Customer Container; an installation in which the artist used photographs of himself taken by six different prostitutes under which the only condition was that they order him to perform as they wished. In 2011, his portrait of Nicky Haslam in Lucien Freud’s chair was “Curator’s choice” for the Taylor Wessing exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Much like Paul McCarthy’s or George Condo’s seminal works, Ostrer’s series Wotsit All About 2014 form a bizarre pattern of tribalism or cartoon-like absurdity. They are rife with a sense of ritual endeavor and colour-saturated sensitivity; while palpitating with a nostalgia for sweets they present themselves with an emphasis on the potential havoc these items also wreak within our collective life experiences. His works are often a catalogue of self- destructive behaviors, and are also managed in such a way that while transgressing themselves as odes to great works of historical art practice, they become re-packaged eye candy for uncomfortable consumption. The artist lives and works in London.

Text courtesy Gazelli Art House.

James Ostrer Featured Artworks

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EF 146.33 by James Ostrer contemporary artwork
James OstrerEF 146.33, 2014Archival pigment print of diasec mount
152.5 x 101.5 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
ED 59.2 M by James Ostrer contemporary artwork
James OstrerED 59.2 M, 2016Archival pigment print of diasec mount
101.6 x 67.7 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
ED 79.9 M by James Ostrer contemporary artwork
James OstrerED 79.9 M, 2016Archival pigment print of diasec mount
101.6 x 67.7 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Beginning of Everything by James Ostrer contemporary artwork
James OstrerBeginning of Everything, 2018Mixed media
197 x 42 x 42 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
CURRENTSEE 1 by James Ostrer contemporary artwork
James OstrerCURRENTSEE 1, 2017Archival pigment print on aluminium mount in handmade rustic wooden frame
91 x 71.5 x 4 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
CURRENTSEE 2 by James Ostrer contemporary artwork
James OstrerCURRENTSEE 2, 2017Archival pigment print on aluminium mount in handmade rustic wooden frame
95 x 71.5 x 4 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
CURRENTSEE 3 by James Ostrer contemporary artwork
James OstrerCURRENTSEE 3, 2017Archival pigment print on aluminium mount in handmade rustic wooden frame
64.3 x 55 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
EF 135.16 by James Ostrer contemporary artwork
James OstrerEF 135.16, 2014Archival pigment print of diasec mount
51 x 34 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery

James Ostrer Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Terra at Gazelli Art House, Baku
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23 November 2018–1 March 2019 Group Exhibition Terra Gazelli Art HouseBaku
Contemporary art exhibition, James Ostrer, Johnny Just Came at Gazelli Art House, London
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8 June–28 July 2018 James Ostrer Johnny Just Came Gazelli Art HouseLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Photography Exhibition at Gazelli Art House, London
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4 May–2 June 2018 Group Exhibition Photography Exhibition Gazelli Art HouseLondon

James Ostrer Represented By

Gazelli Art House contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Gazelli Art House Baku, London

James Ostrer In Related Press

James Ostrer explores race, greed and the tribal elite in his new show opening next week. Related Press James Ostrer explores race, greed and the tribal elite in his new show opening next week. 30 May 2018, FAD Magazine

Throughout the show Ostrer collages and layers both sculptural and photographic elements together to create disrupted and often disturbing images. Within the vast footwear installation is his most recent photographic series, Currentsee. For the central protagonist he transforms himself into a dominant tribal leader, a powerful chieftain of all...

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Interview with Artist James Ostrer Related Press Interview with Artist James Ostrer 18 August 2014, Aesthetica Magazine

Taking our appetite for sugar as a starting point to create images of a corrupted globalisation, James Ostrer takes over the glass façade and ground floor of the Gazelli Art House, as part of its Window Project, to present the unsavoury side of our addiction to the sweet stuff. Ostrer's photographs of human subjects covered in layers of sweets and...

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