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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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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.

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

Current & 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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