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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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KAWS

b. 1974, USA

Brian Donnelly, who is better known by his alias KAWS, was born in Jersey City near New York. There he was a part of the graffiti scene in the 1990s and was recognised for his paintings over billboards. After graduating from New York’s School of Visual Arts in 1996, KAWS traveled to Japan, pursuing his street-art projects with Tokyo subculture heavyweights Hectic and Jun Takahashi of Undercover.

In 1999, KAWS made his first toy with Japanese company Bounty Hunter, a vinyl figure of Mickey Mouse with x-ed out eyes (as if Mickey just drank from a bottle marked POISON). Nigo, the tastemaker behind A Bathing Ape, asked KAWS to collaborate on a clothing line in 2001 and began collecting his pop paintings of cartoon characters like the Simpsons, the Smurfs, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. KAWS has produced everything from x-marked sneakers for Nike to an album cover for a special edition of Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak (2008). To sell KAWS - memorabilia, the artist opened a dazzling Masamichi Katayama designed store in Tokyo in 2006 called OriginalFake.

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, KAWS, KAWS at Perrotin, Hong Kong
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26 March–19 May 2018 KAWS KAWS Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, KAWS, KAWS at Perrotin, Tokyo
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22 March–12 May 2018 KAWS KAWS Perrotin, Tokyo

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KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS Related Press KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS Juxtapoz : 28 March 2017

Where the End Starts at Yuz Museum in Shanghai is the largest KAWS's exhibition in China, and also his first survey exhibition in Asia. Jointly organized by Yuz Museum and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in close collaboration with the artist, KAWS: Where the End Starts features his key paintings, sculptures, drawings, toys, and advertisement...

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Experience KAWS In VR Through Visionaire's Latest Collaboration Project with M&M's Related Press Experience KAWS In VR Through Visionaire's Latest Collaboration Project with M&M's Unrated : 2 February 2017

Virtual reality is fast becoming the new norm, and is seems the iconic chocolate brand M&M’s wants a part of the action. Bringing on the keen eye and direction of fashion and luxury art imprint VISIONAIRE, its latest effort takes the artwork of Brian Donelly, better known as KAWS to new heights. The collaboration sees KAWS’ signature shapes,...

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Say hello to my little zine! The NY Art Book Fair takes over Moma PS1 Related Press Say hello to my little zine! The NY Art Book Fair takes over Moma PS1 ARTNews : 19 September 2016

The NY Art Book Fair draws a huge crowd every year, and so it wasn’t a surprise that there were lines everywhere at this year’s edition—lines to get into the bathroom, lines to see certain booths, lines for the KAWS signing (the longest line of all), and lines simply to get into the fair itself. But those lines moved quickly, and...

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Five to see this weekend Related Press Five to see this weekend Aesthetica Magazine : 15 August 2016

We celebrate the middle of August with a collection of unique and thought-provoking shows. In Melbourne, Tolarno Galleries and artist Caroline Rothwell offer a refreshing approach to that most enduring of questions: what is the relationship between nature and man? In a similar vein, Mongolian artist Xiao Yu considers the same topic, turning his...

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