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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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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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Kevin Harman

b. 1982, United Kingdom

Harman has said "I like the viewer to be involved at every level; conceptually, technically and physically". His work is based on elements of performance, and an engagement with found materials and environments, even if that performance - and the spectator's role within it - often remains unseen, until revealed by the final object. In what he has described as a desire to "reintroduce people to the real" Harman confronts the territory between the act of creation and the act of experience, by linking the art and the audience by leaving behind a quiet transformation so that nothing appears to be different, even if everything has subtly changed.

Harman works across various media. His paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and drawings act as trophies of the creative process, giving us cause to consider the act of making as equally as important as the end result. In an ongoing series of works (Skips I-XIII, ongoing) Harman seeks out a skip or dumpster on a Friday night - full of the week's rubbish from a building site - after the labourers have clocked-off for the weekend. Working tirelessly for the next 48 hours, Harman sorts and categorises the detritus by colour and material and carefully returns the contents to the skip, accordingly arranged into oddly formal and often beautiful sculptures. The point of his herculean endeavour is not just the sculpture that results but the reveal; the moment when the building crew returns on Monday morning to see their, supposedly familiar, environment transformed into something that defies explanation, and which in due course they will have to destroy in order to continue working.

In another provocative, performative work, Love Thy Neighbour (2008) Harman 'borrowed' the doormats from outside the front doors of tenement buildings, and rearranged them, Carl Andre style, across the central sculpture court of Edinburgh College of Art. He then invited the 210 residents to visit the installation, reclaim their property, and in so doing to meet their neighbours - themselves becoming an unwitting participant in the work's creation and an active and complicit part of its destruction.

In a new series of intensely physical paintings/objects Harman manipulates discarded double-glazing units and found household paints; workaday industrial materials which are wrestled into unpredictable and subtle new forms. These objects subvert their formal and stylistic cues through a hard-fought process. The resulting compositions are determined as much by the scale of the glass units Harman happens to find, and the often unpredictable interaction between the leftover paints he injects into the cavities, as by any deliberate action of the artist. In making these objects of unexpected beauty Harman also challenges the understood purpose of his found materials. The window unit, originally designed and manufactured as something to look through, becomes an object to be looked at.

The solo exhibition of new glassworks No Man's Land was presented by Ingleby Gallery in Spring 2016. Ingleby presented a solo exhibition of works by Kevin Harman at Frieze New York in 2018.

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Featured Artworks

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Motionless Spectacle by Kevin Harman contemporary artwork
Kevin HarmanMotionless Spectacle, 2019 Household paint, double-glazing unit, steel frame
184 x 123 x 6 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Avalanche by Kevin Harman contemporary artwork
Kevin HarmanAvalanche, 2019 Household paint, double-glazing unit, steel frame
184 x 123 x 6 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Along Came Magnificence by Kevin Harman contemporary artwork
Kevin HarmanAlong Came Magnificence, 2019 Household paint, double-glazing unit, steel frame
184 x 123 x 6 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Night by Kevin Harman contemporary artwork
Kevin HarmanNight, 2018 Household paint, double-glazing unit, steel frame
201 x 201 x 6 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Growing Amongst Transparent Wilderness by Kevin Harman contemporary artwork
Kevin HarmanGrowing Amongst Transparent Wilderness, 2018 Household paint, double-glazing unit, steel frame
201 x 201 x 6 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Motion Fragment by Kevin Harman contemporary artwork
Kevin HarmanMotion Fragment, 2018 Household paint, double-glazing unit, steel frame
201 x 201 x 6 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Knives in Bucket by Kevin Harman contemporary artwork
Kevin HarmanKnives in Bucket, 2007 Metal, plastic, clay, wood
84 x 60 x 55 cm
Ingleby Gallery
New Distant View Transmission by Kevin Harman contemporary artwork
Kevin HarmanNew Distant View Transmission, 2018 Household paint, double-glazing unit, steel frame
138.2 x 107.8 x 5.5 cm
Ingleby Gallery

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