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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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Maria Taniguchi

b. 1981, Philippines

Maria Taniguchi is best known for her ongoing series of labour-intensive 'brick paintings' that are made of repetitive patterns of grey-black rectangles. For the paintings, which are all untitled and unnumbered, Taniguchi first draws out a grid, then fills one 'brick' at a time over a period of months on the floor of her Manila studio. While the works differ in size, the content—or lack thereof—always remains the same. Yet each painting is slightly unique in its distributions of minor gradations within the grid (some cells are near-black, while others appear as a washed-out grey)—a result of the differing amounts of water and pigment on Taniguchi's brush at any given time. Revealing the hand of the artist and the associated connotations of labour in what at first appears to be mechanically produced, the differing densities are largely unplanned and heighten the illusion of textural space. At a glance, the paintings may resemble the grid structures of densely populated urban spaces or sombre memorial monuments. Taniguchi resists calling the paintings meditative however, and instead considers them more of a record of passing time and a means of regulating her own production.

Taniguchi is also known for her poetic and somewhat abstract videos of objects with connections to the craftsmanship and history of the Philippines. For the video Untitled (Dawn's Arms) (2011), Taniguchi engaged a Filipino marble craftsman to remake the arms of a sculpture at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Spain. Shots of the process are interspersed with footage of the jungle on the island of Romblon, while a black-and-white photograph of the resultant arms accompany the video. The work was notably featured in the 2016 exhibition Oceanic Feeling at ICA Singapore alongside works by Sriwhana Spong. Similarly focusing on lush vegetation, Taniguchi's 2012 video Figure Study shows workers digging for clay in a dense jungle, with cicadas and the clanking of their shovels audible. In a 2013 group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila, Taniguchi presented the video alongside slabs of clay—fired by her mother—that mimicked the shapes of the monitor.

In addition to painting and video, Taniguchi has also engaged in printmaking, though her familial and academic background is in sculpture. The artist comes from a family of sculptors and she earned a BFA in sculpture at the University of the Philippines, and an MFA at Goldsmiths in London in 2009. Along with artist Pio Abad, Taniguchi launched Telenovela, an exhibition platform dedicated to presenting the work of forgotten Filipino artists. In 2011, she received an Ateneo Art Award for her solo exhibition Echo Studies (2011) at the Jorge B Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center in Quezon City and in 2015 she won the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, which launched her to even greater international acclaim.

Biography by Elliat Albrecht | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

Untitled by Maria Taniguchi contemporary artwork
Maria TaniguchiUntitled, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
26.4 x 34.6 cm
Galería OMR
Runaways by Maria Taniguchi contemporary artwork
Maria TaniguchiRunaways, 2017 Carved Java Plum Hardwood
Galería OMR
Runaways by Maria Taniguchi contemporary artwork
Maria TaniguchiRunaways, 2017 Wood
Taka Ishii Gallery
Untitled by Maria Taniguchi contemporary artwork
Maria TaniguchiUntitled, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
274.3 x 487.7 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery
Untitled by Maria Taniguchi contemporary artwork
Maria TaniguchiUntitled, 2017 Acrylic on linen
49 x 24.5 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery
Untitled by Maria Taniguchi contemporary artwork
Maria TaniguchiUntitled, 2017 Acrylic on linen
37 x 23 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery
Untitled by Maria Taniguchi contemporary artwork
Maria TaniguchiUntitled, 2016 Acrylic on canvas
274.2 x 182.4 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery
Untitled by Maria Taniguchi contemporary artwork
Maria TaniguchiUntitled, 2016 Acrylic, canvas, wood support
274.3 x 121.9 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Who Writes? at Galería OMR, Mexico City
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6 September–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Who Writes? Galería OMR, Mexico City
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii Gallery, Photography / Film, Tokyo

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Joselina Cruz Ocula Conversation Joselina Cruz Curator and director, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila

Since 2011, Joselina Cruz has been the director and curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018 with a series of programmes and special exhibitions, starting with Flatlands (7 December 2017–4 March 2018). A group show with James...

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Maria Taniguchi Ocula Conversation Maria Taniguchi Artist, Philippines

Preparing to sit down for my interview with Filipina artist, Maria Taniguchi, a small printed essay by Susan Gibb catches my eye on the coffee table in Galerie Perrotin’s office. Titled ‘Dogs in Space, Witches of Dumaguete’i, the essay, referencing the artist’s hometown of Dumaguete City and included in the catalogue for...

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In Related Press

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Maria Taniguchi: TAKA ISHII GALLERY, Tokyo Related Press Maria Taniguchi: TAKA ISHII GALLERY, Tokyo Art Agenda : 19 May 2017

Earth-stuff goes through myriad transformations on its path to usefulness in our world. Soil, stone, water, oil, plants, animals, and the rest all pass through processes of cleaning, smoothing, separating, reconstituting. And at the end of that violence is an exquisite, terrifying flatness: one that expresses itself through identical buildings,...

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Maria Taniguchi Related Press Maria Taniguchi ArtAsiaPacific : 16 December 2016

In the brightly lit side room of Galerie Perrotin, five of Maria Taniguchi's brick paintings line two walls, creating a stark visual contrast of black on white against the gallery's expansive view of Victoria Harbor. In the Philippine artist's first solo show in Hong Kong, new works from a distinctive, ongoing project are untitled and devoid of...

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Review: 'Oceanic feeling', Sriwhana Spong and Maria Taniguchi at ICA, Singapore Related Press Review: 'Oceanic feeling', Sriwhana Spong and Maria Taniguchi at ICA, Singapore ArtAsiaPacific : 2 November 2016

Oceanic Feeling was the first major survey of the decade-long practices of New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong and Filipina artist Maria Taniguchi, whose marked oeuvres both consider the temporality of material, and intersect in the way that they each focus on the act of making, creating awareness of artistic processes and intentions, which...

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Tuning into the unfamiliar Related Press Tuning into the unfamiliar The Straits Times : 11 October 2016

Borders between traditions and mediums blur in Sriwhana Spong And Maria Taniguchi: Oceanic Feeling, a rich and vivid exhibition of works from the two artists.The exhibition at Lasalle's Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore is the first major survey of the practices of New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong and Filipina artist Maria Taniguchi, who...

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