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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 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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John Nixon

b. 1949, Australia

John Nixon is Australia’s most influential conceptual artist, exhibiting nationally and internationally since the mid-1970s. Nixon attended the National Gallery of Victoria Art School in Melbourne (1969-1970), establishing a reputation for his minimalist abstract paintings from the early 1970s.

His interest resides in geometric abstraction’s origins in the work of Malevich and Russian Constructivism and its belief in art’s potential for spiritual revelation and social change. Nixon critiques such utopian ambitions through a commitment to the iconography of the circle, square and cross, rendering the repetition of these signs and symbols powerless. Indeed, he has personalised abstraction to his own ends, acknowledging the arbitrary nature of the meaning of art’s signs and symbols.

After more than 35 years, Nixon’s contribution to Australian art resides in his important contribution to conceptual practice and representation of contemporary Australian art in Europe and America. Work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 2019 Enamel on wood, tile, found objects and enamel on wood, 2 units
64.5 x 140.5 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 2019 Enamel on wood on MDF, 2 units
60 x 100 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 2019 Enamel on wood on MDF, 2 units
90 x 120 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 2019 Tiles on canvas, 2 units
23 x 30 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 2019 Enamel on canvas, 2 units
60 x 65 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 2019 Enamel on wood on MDF, 2 units
90 x 136 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 2019 Enamel on wood and MDF, 2 units
90 x 135 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 2019 Enamel on wood and MDF, 2 units
90 x 135 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, John Nixon, Paired Paintings at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
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24 July–31 August 2019 John Nixon Paired Paintings Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Silver Jubilee at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
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2 May–15 June 2019 Group Exhibition Silver Jubilee Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Group Show #39 at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
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18 January–9 February 2019 Group Exhibition Group Show #39 Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

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