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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator Ocula News We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator 13 December 2019

The Power Station of Art will make a fitting location for Andrés Jaque, whose past projects expose the politics concealed by buried pipes and managed cables. Spanish architect, writer, and curator Andrés Jaque has been named the chief curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, which will take place at the Power Station of Art (PSA) from 13 November...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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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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Lauren Winstone Biography

Lauren Winstone’s recent hand-thrown ceramics, showing for the first time in Auckland at Two Rooms, is the daring work of a talented young artist who is exploring the enduring potential and possibilities of a material that is yielding new points of view. Interested in the way variations of design can alter our understanding of what a pot is for, Winstone describes how “our expectations of an object are often based on what we have encountered in similar objects before.”

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She continues her ongoing investigation into, and re-reading of, the ceramic object in this exhibition. Collectively titled Pieces, the show presents a body of work from the ‘Holding Holes’ exhibition at the Dowse in 2012 alongside new works that extend the series. Taking the three basic elements of a pot – a base, a rim, and a handle – Winstone sets about reconfiguring these forms through sculptural means. Cutting back and drawing out, thickening and thinning, stacking and upturning. The resulting works evidence the push and pull between a base form and it‘s derived parts. She demonstrates a high level of control of the medium as she challenges the conventions, playing with scale, density, proportions and surface as she teases out the space between rim and handle.

Winstone is inspired by mid-century modernist ceramics, in particular in some of the more eccentric practices that emerged at the tail end of the modernist period. She speaks of the ‘idiosyncratic forms with curious slippages’ of English artist Ruth Duckworth, German Potters Karl and Ursula Scheid and New Zealand potter Nola Barron.

Lauren Winstone is a former Director of Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, and member of the Rm Gallery collective, Auckland. In 2010 she was awarded a MFA (Hons) from the Elam School of Art, University of Auckland. Recent exhibitions include: Holding Holes, a solo show at The Dowse Art Museum (2012); Dugout, a group exhibition at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (2012); Collected Fictions, Waikato Museum (group, 2011); Humming on a Windless Slope, a solo window project for Objectspace, Auckland (2010); and the online project Responses to New Zealand Potter magazine (with Nick Spratt) for Alterations (2011).

Winstone received a 2010 Creative New Zealand grant to attend the Guldagergaard Ceramics Residency in Denmark, and in 2007 she undertook an artist residency at the Seoksu Art Project, Anyang City, Korea. Winstone lives and works in Auckland.

Lauren Winstone Featured Artworks

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Lauren Winstone Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Under Control at Two Rooms, Auckland
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9 February–10 March 2018 Group Exhibition Under Control Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Lauren Winstone, Leanings at Two Rooms, Auckland
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28 October–26 November 2016 Lauren Winstone Leanings Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Lauren Winstone, Pieces at Two Rooms, Auckland
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18 July–16 August 2014 Lauren Winstone Pieces Two Rooms, Auckland

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