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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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Jean-Baptiste Bernadet

b. 1978, France

Jean-Baptiste Bernadet is an appropriationist who works fluidly between conflicted styles- monochrome and impressionist, minimalist and gestural- a painter whose kaleidoscopic canvases have found comparison with the equally elusive language of music. Bernadet's accumulated brushwork hovers between abstraction and figuration. Using a small brush the artist builds up a nebulous, shifting surface that equally displaces the viewer and the subject. This insistence on uncertainty is reflected in the artist's own meditations. “I don’t feel any certainty about life, so I want my work to reflect that uncertainty,” says Bernadet. “I 
will never be the kind of artist who does one thing.”

Bernadet was born in Paris in 1978. He has lived and worked in Brussels since 2000, and was artist-in-residence at Triangle Studios in Brooklyn in 2012, APT Studios in Brooklyn in 2011, and Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, in 2010.

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, By Fire, Ceramic Works at Almine Rech, New York
31 October–15 December 2018 Group Exhibition By Fire, Ceramic Works Almine Rech, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Hors Saison at Almine Rech, Paris
11 January–24 February 2018 Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Hors Saison Almine Rech, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Jean- Baptiste Bernadet, So Far, So Close at Almine Rech, Brussels
20 April–30 June 2016 Jean- Baptiste Bernadet So Far, So Close Almine Rech, Brussels

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