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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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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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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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Kour Pour

b. 1987, United Kingdom

Kour Pour is a British-Iranian artist known for large-scale paintings inspired by Persian tapestry. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 2010 and is currently based in Los Angeles.

Created through a laborious process, Pour's meticulously detailed carpet paintings often take months to complete. For each work, the artist researches the image of a particular rug from exhibition and auction catalogues. He then silkscreens the image onto a canvas that has been primed with multiple layers of gesso. By using a broomstick to apply the gesso, the warp and weft of woven rugs are recreated. Pour then hand-paints the details of each composition with acrylics in much more vibrant hues. After months of this preparatory work, he erases parts of the image with a circular sander and subsequently repaints these obliterated areas to produce the finished piece.

In the carpet painting series, image and motifs associated with the human history of cultural exchange are sourced from the internet and re-contextualised on canvas. In Thank you, Enjoy! (2017), the composition is imbued with visual elements alluding to the history of Chinese foreign trade; these elements include Chinese porcelain, dragons, Buddha, Empress Dowager Cixi, scholar's rocks, qilin, a portrait of Mao, skeletons, cattle and Silk Road nomads. Devoid of predesigned narrative, the work seeks to transport the viewer to a flattened time and space where past, present and future coexist.

Since 2016, Pour has begun a new body of works inspired by Japonisme—the influence of Japanese art and aesthetics on Western culture. These new paintings—composed of big blocks of colour and a mix of both geometric and more amorphous forms—represent his continuous exploration of cross-cultural connections and displacement.

Pour was featured on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in 2015 and 2017. In 2015, his solo exhibition entitled Samsara was presented at Depart Foundation in Los Angeles.

Sophia Bingqin Cao | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Triple Samurai (Yoshitoshi) by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourTriple Samurai (Yoshitoshi), 2018 Block printing ink on canvas
148.59 x 121.92 cm
THE CLUB
Shifting Landscape (Hiroshige) by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourShifting Landscape (Hiroshige), 2019 Block printing ink on canvas
83.82 x 137.16 cm
THE CLUB
Tokyo Map 2 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourTokyo Map 2, 2019 Block printing ink on canvas
99 x 78.7 cm
THE CLUB
Tokyo Map 1 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourTokyo Map 1, 2019 Block printing ink on canvas
99 x 78.7 cm
THE CLUB
Japanese Landscape 2 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourJapanese Landscape 2, 2018 Twelve-colour reductive woodblock print on cotton rag paper
76.2 x 55.88 cm
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THE CLUB
Geometric Painting 6 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourGeometric Painting 6, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
30 x 25 inches
Pearl Lam Galleries
Geometric Painting 1 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourGeometric Painting 1, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
76 x 64 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
The Age of Discovery by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourThe Age of Discovery, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
165 x 135 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Kour Pour, Returnee at THE CLUB, Tokyo
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6 April–12 June 2019 Kour Pour Returnee THE CLUB, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Su Dong Ping, Kour Pour, Two Solo Exhibitions at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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19 January–16 March 2018 Su Dong Ping, Kour Pour Two Solo Exhibitions Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Labyrinth(s) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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14 July–13 September 2016 Group Exhibition Labyrinth(s) Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong

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Kour Pour’s First Solo Exhibition Opens Related Press Kour Pour’s First Solo Exhibition Opens Architectural Digest : 17 September 2015

Growing up in southwestern England, Kour Pour got an early education in textiles from his Iranian-born father, who owned a carpet shop during the late 1980s. 'They were always around,' says the artist, who has incorporated his intimacy with woven materials into his own work. Pour, now based in Los Angeles, made the first of his paintings of...

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Interview: Kour Pour Related Press Interview: Kour Pour Die Welt am Sonntag : 25 January 2015

The 27 year-old artist Kour Pour has became known for his elaborated carpet paintings that play with familiar symbols of different cultures and universal concepts of beauty. In his studio in Los Angeles Pour talks about his art, the cultural context of his works but also about his attitude towards the art market, which has become an indivisible...

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