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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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Joel Morrison

b. 1976, USA

Joel Morrison was born in Seattle, Washington in 1976. He received a BA in English Literature at Central Washington University, and an MFA in sculpture at the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.

Morrison’s sculptures engage a myriad of theoretical ventures, juxtaposing various genres and processes within the confines of a single work.  Morrison uses found and everyday objects to create a unique and sharp sense of tension in the surfaces of the sculptures he creates.  He demonstrates his technical ability to manipulate and harmonize these chosen objects—which have included neck braces, wasp nests, urinal refreshers, and bullets—with works that range from neo-classical Greek busts to grotesque, amorphous forms. Cast in stainless steel and highly polished, they form a reinvented dystopia, where mundane objects are glorified and classified into themes of Pop, Surrealism and Classicism.

One constant in Morrison's body of work is a dynamic conversation between his own brand of humor and the canonized body of art history. Tomb (2012), describes a wall hanging tableau covered with a cargo blanket, the stitched pattern of which mimics the geometric shapes from Frank Stella’s famed monolithic work, Getty Tomb, 1959. Where Stella’s rejection of the figurative is finite, Morrison’s hint at an obfuscated canvas holds limitless possibility. Encased in an unblemished bright nickel surface that abstracts all that it reflects, the facade envelops the color and shape from the world in real time in its ever-changing surface.

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Featured Artworks

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Reaganomic Youth (version 2) by Joel Morrison contemporary artwork
Joel MorrisonReaganomic Youth (version 2), 2012 Stainless steel
72.4 x 45.7 x 57.2 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Monte Carlo by Joel Morrison contemporary artwork
Joel MorrisonMonte Carlo, 2017 Stainless steel
81.3 x 71.1 x 61 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Yoghurtland Gashuffer (Reagan) by Joel Morrison contemporary artwork
Joel MorrisonYoghurtland Gashuffer (Reagan), 2017 Stainless steel
84 x 51 x 56 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Weather Balloon Trapped in Duchamp by Joel Morrison contemporary artwork
Joel MorrisonWeather Balloon Trapped in Duchamp, 2017 stainless steel
91.4 x 68.6 x 27.9 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
The Side Effects of Thinking by Joel Morrison contemporary artwork
Joel MorrisonThe Side Effects of Thinking, 2014 Stainless steel
81.3 x 71.1 x 63.5 cm
Almine Rech
Minimal Heart Throb by Joel Morrison contemporary artwork
Joel MorrisonMinimal Heart Throb, 2015 Stainless steel,
157.48 x 132.08 x 10.16 cm
Almine Rech
Minimal Glock by Joel Morrison contemporary artwork
Joel MorrisonMinimal Glock, 2015 Stainless steel,
106.7 x 152.4 x 7.6 cm
Almine Rech
Still Crashing by Joel Morrison contemporary artwork
Joel MorrisonStill Crashing, 2013 Stainless steel
111.8 x 149.9 x 73.7 cm
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, All the World's A Stage at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Closed
9 February–2 March 2019 Group Exhibition All the World's A Stage Reflex Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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7 July–4 September 2018 Group Exhibition In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today Reflex Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, New Beginnings at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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6 January–17 February 2018 Group Exhibition New Beginnings Reflex Amsterdam

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Joel Morrison Ocula Insight Joel Morrison By Diana d'Arenberg

I first met Joel Morrison in 2012 when I interviewed the LA-based artist for his solo show at Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong. In the gallery stood a series of shiny metal sculptures, and on a cursory glance they looked to be the very embodiment of industrial luxury, quite at home in the slick minimalist white cube of a mega gallery. On closer...

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Art Basil [sic] Ocula Report Art Basil [sic] 31 Mar 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

I was Brainwashed the Friday before Art Basel Hong Kong kicked off. French street artist, Mr. Brainwash, was holding court—to an audience full of Hong Kong society types, complete with bodyguards, and media—with a spray can in a graffiti decorated shell-space in Lan Kwai Fong. It was one of several property developer-artist...

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