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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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Mikala Dwyer

b. 1959, Australia

Mikala Dwyer has been exhibiting internationally since 1982. Solo exhibitions include Costumes and Empty Sculptures, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008); Moon Garden, Aratoi Museum, Masterton NZ (2008); Mikala Dwyer: an Australian artist’s project, City Gallery Wellington (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2000).

Group exhibitions include The Ecologies Project, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, curated by Geraldine Barlow and Kyla McFarlane (2008); Lost and Found: An Archaeology of the Present, TarraWarra Biennial, curated by Charlotte Day, Healesville (2008); Mystic Truths, Auckland Art Gallery, curated by Natasha Conland (2007); Den Haag Sculptuur 2007 De Overkant/Down Under, The Hague (2007); High Tide, CAC Vilnius and Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw; Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia, Hamburger Bahnhoff, Berlin, curated by Britta Schmitz; Contempora 5, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (1999); OrientATION, 4th International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul (1995); Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, curated by Victoria Lynn (1993).

In 2009 Dwyer was the recipient of the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship Grant.

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Featured Artworks

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Wall Necklace by Mikala Dwyer contemporary artwork
Mikala DwyerWall Necklace, 2018 Perspex, acrylic, steel, rope, bronze, ceramic, wood
220 x 240 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Letterbox St Jude by Mikala Dwyer contemporary artwork
Mikala DwyerLetterbox St Jude, 2018 acrylic, painted steel, Saint Jude
170 x 31 x 23 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Flags by Mikala Dwyer contemporary artwork
Mikala DwyerFlags, 2018 painted steel, fabric, carabiner
253 x 160 x 36 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Flags by Mikala Dwyer contemporary artwork
Mikala DwyerFlags, 2018 painted steel, fabric, carabiner
272 x 220 x 36 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Sun Paintings by Mikala Dwyer contemporary artwork
Mikala DwyerSun Paintings, 2018 dyed hessian, painted canvas
205 x 240 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Flags by Mikala Dwyer contemporary artwork
Mikala DwyerFlags, 2018 painted steel, fabric, carabiner
290 x 170 x 36 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Flags by Mikala Dwyer contemporary artwork
Mikala DwyerFlags painted steel, fabric, carabiner
237 x 130 x 36 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Flags by Mikala Dwyer contemporary artwork
Mikala DwyerFlags, 2018 painted steel, fabric, carabiner
226 x 130 x 36 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Unsold at Hamish McKay, Wellington
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24 November–22 December 2018 Group Exhibition Unsold Hamish McKay, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Mikala Dwyer, Soft Relics at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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16 August–7 September 2018 Mikala Dwyer Soft Relics Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Back to Front at Hamish McKay, Wellington
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28 October–18 November 2017 Group Exhibition Back to Front Hamish McKay, Wellington

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Alexie Glass-Kantor Ocula Conversation Alexie Glass-Kantor Art Basel Encounters Curator, Hong Kong

Australian curator Alexie Glass-Kantor has held a range of senior roles in independent art centres across the country. These include Gertrude Contemporary and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, both in Melbourne. Currently, Glass-Kantor divides her time between working as executive director of Artspace, Sydney, one of Australia’s...

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Sydney Summer Report Ocula Report Sydney Summer Report 12 Jan 2016 : Rachel Fuller for Ocula

When Silence Falls
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
19 December 2015 - 1 May 2016Currently showing in the contemporary galleries of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, When Silence Falls is a collection-based, group exhibition curated by AGNSW curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Cara Pinchbeck.

When...

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Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Ocula Report Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney 12 Nov 2013 : Stella Rosa McDonald for Ocula

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."George Bernard ShawIn 1879, a French postman named Ferdinand Cheval began building an esoteric homage to the beauty of sandstone. On one of his postal rounds, Cheval came across small pieces of the...

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In Related Press

A Circle is a Sun: A Review of Mikala Dwyer’s ‘Earthcraft’ Related Press A Circle is a Sun: A Review of Mikala Dwyer’s ‘Earthcraft’ The Pantograph Punch : 16 August 2019

Geometry, science fiction and appropriation of ancient forms collide in the multi-faceted sculptural work Earthcraft by Australian artist Mikala Dwyer. Victoria Wynne-Jones reviews.Trembling slightly, an immense crystalline form hangs before a window. Cool winter light catches its facets and its glasslike surface glows white. In barely perceptible...

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Cutting edge contemporary art creates bridge between Australia and Turkey Related Press Cutting edge contemporary art creates bridge between Australia and Turkey Asialink : 24 July 2015

Neverwhere brings together the work of eight contemporary Australian artists to disturb distinctions between our real and imagined selves, between authentic and fantastical scenarios. Works in this exhibition perform and postulate identity however narratives are largely informed by external - often mysterious - forces, both seen and unseen. The...

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Mikala Dwyer Is The Winner Of The 2014 Melbourne Art Foundation Artist Commission Related Press Mikala Dwyer Is The Winner Of The 2014 Melbourne Art Foundation Artist Commission Lucy Stranger for Artist Profile / 13 August 2014 : 14 August 2014

Artist Mikala Dwyer’s sculptural work 'The weight of shape', 2014, was revealed yesterday as the greatly anticipated 2014 Artist Commission, by the Melbourne Art Foundation.Created especially by Sydney-based artist Dwyer, it will be on display at the Melbourne Art Fair from Thursday 14 August until Sunday 17 August 2014, and then...

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Ten Most Memorable Australian Artworks Of 2013 Related Press Ten Most Memorable Australian Artworks Of 2013 Nicholas Forrest for Artinfo / 17 December 2013 : 19 December 2013

As 2013 comes to an end, BLOUIN ARTINFO Australia takes a look back at the year that was and has picked 10 of the most memorable Australian artworks to have emerged during 2013. In no particular order, the top 10 most memorable Australian artworks of 2013 are:“Skywhale,” 2013 by Patricia PiccininiCommissioned to celebrate the...

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