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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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Lisa Vlaemminck

b. 1992, Belgium

Lisa Vlaemminck Biography

Brussels-based Belgian painter Lisa Vlaemminck works in a uniquely colourful and patterned style that verges on abstraction while evoking plastic and living forms in surreal and bizarre still lifes. Graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Ghent (KASK) in 2015, the artist, while developing her artistic career, remains a relative recluse from the public eye, preferring her art to be seen in its own right. Her paintings and collages have appeared in prominent galleries across Belgium including the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels; and Tatjana Pieters, Ghent; as well as at the Bruges Triennial.

Vlaemminck occupies a studio overlooking the Botanical Gardens in Brussels, drawing inspiration from the nearby botanical life as well as accumulated textiles, natural and plastic objects, and decorative materials scattered across the studio floor. From her earliest works such as Magnolia (2014) and Dots V.V.G (2015) the artist demonstrates a fascination with biological forms (plants and creatures) and an unconventional use of contrasting vivid synthetic colours and black outlines. The artist once explained 'I kind of liked this idea of cultivating being different.' Uncommon synthetic colour combinations give forms in her artworks an unusual plasticity, hovering between something virtual and organic. Her compositions are dreamlike amalgamations, almost cubist in their total departure from perspective and visual order. Forms appear within forms, fluorescent plants seemingly making copies of themselves while imagery of living plants and creatures blends with abstract elements of visual design.

For the group exhibition Paper Works (Tatjana Pieters, 2018), Vlaemminck worked with collage, using paper, glitter, pastels, and paint. The artist's first solo show, Spaceship Love Affair (Tatjana Pieters, 2018), marked an extravagant culmination of her exotic, verging-on-psychedelic still-life paintings and collages. Comparing this to Cryogenic sleep in full colour (Rodolphe Janssen, 2019) reveals a growing dreamlike haziness to the artist's work. Edges of certain key forms, delineated by thick black outlines, give off a radiant glow, enhancing the mystery and colourful intrigue that characterises her artwork.

Biography by Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2019
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Featured Artworks

Pizza el tigre-aquarium by Lisa Vlaemminck contemporary artwork
Lisa VlaemminckPizza el tigre-aquarium, 2019 Mixed media
39 x 38 cm
rodolphe janssen
Islands of tears by Lisa Vlaemminck contemporary artwork
Lisa VlaemminckIslands of tears, 2019 Oil on canvas
130.5 x 110 cm
rodolphe janssen
Pyroclastic flower flow/vulcano by Lisa Vlaemminck contemporary artwork
Lisa VlaemminckPyroclastic flower flow/vulcano, 2019 Oil on canvas
100 x 70 cm
rodolphe janssen
Sea-tangled by Lisa Vlaemminck contemporary artwork
Lisa VlaemminckSea-tangled, 2019 Oil on canvas
90 x 60 cm
rodolphe janssen
Egyptian lab dance / pan flute by Lisa Vlaemminck contemporary artwork
Lisa VlaemminckEgyptian lab dance / pan flute, 2019 Oil on canvas
80 x 60 cm
rodolphe janssen
Cryogenic sleep by Lisa Vlaemminck contemporary artwork
Lisa VlaemminckCryogenic sleep, 2019 Oil on canvas
110 x 119.5 cm
rodolphe janssen

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Lisa Vlaemminck, Cryogenic sleep in full colour at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
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8 June–19 July 2019 Lisa Vlaemminck Cryogenic sleep in full colour rodolphe janssen, Brussels

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