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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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Kulim Kim

Kulim Kim is a pioneer of avant-garde Korean art, who has been experimenting with various genres such as painting, sculpture, happening, installation, mail art, and land art. In 1970 Kim established a performance group named ‘The Fourth Group’ with Jung Chan-seung and Chung Kang-ja. Kim presented performances that criticizes the present system and set a huge impact to the Korean art scene. Kim’s works have always reflected contemporary life and the artist still presents an avant-garde attitude today.

The word ‘first’ is used often to describe Kim’s works made during the 1960s and 1970s which was the prime of his artistic activities. is the first experimental film of Kim in which 24 image frames are shown over a span of one second without any governing narrative structure. which is regarded as the first mail art in Korea, was collaborated with Kim Cha-seop. There is a red fingerprint on one piece of paper and a black fingerprint on another one. These were sent to 80 artists, 20 newspapers 3 times sending 300 letters in total. The last letter they sent was written with the phrase “You appreciated Relics of Mass Media a day ago”.

During the 1970s Kim produced works that change in the course of time. His video work , made in 1974, shows the artist wiping a steel surface. Kim tried to show how the surface changes through his continuous actions without any dialogue. This work reflects how Kim pursued to express time as a physical trace. In another work titled , the artist presented time, which is tangible, through an object. The works above show how Kim combined objects with his actions and tried to express time in a physical matter.

Kim also produced the still life series during the 1970s, which shows the artist’s will to produce experimental art. The series are derived from traditional genre of still life paintings and question the essence of art. The work is a combination of drawings, painting and written with words on hemp instead of a canvas. Kim overlaps images, signifiers, and meanings and eventually alludes that any symbol of painting cannot perfectly describe objects. Kim makes it clear that an action of painting is merely a trace which is momentary and infinitely variable.

At the end of the 1970s and during the 1980s Kim’s works are titled in general. The title is an individualistic name that represents works with no particular meaning and points out the characteristic of the work which is in harmony with various images. The works which are composed of paintings and collages contain a critical message of contemporary civilization by dismantling and reconstructing fragmental images which emphasize ‘today’.

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Featured Artworks

Yin and Yang 15-s-45 by Kulim Kim contemporary artwork
Kulim KimYin and Yang 15-s-45, 2015 Mixed media, variable dimensions
Arario Gallery

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