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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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Mimi Lauter

b. 1982, USA

Mimi Lauter works primarily with pastel on paper, from intimately scaled notebook-sized work to twenty-four part installations transforming entire gallery spaces into secular chapels. A saturated, bold palette and intricately carved rich textures comprise her works that harken simultaneously to cave paintings, Byzantine mosaics, medieval tapestries, Redon, and the murals of Diego Rivera. The work hovers between abstraction and representation, carrying narratives drawn from subconscious memory, literature, sociopolitical surroundings, the history of painting, and classical mythology.

She says, 'There's a certain type of intimacy with drawing. It's always an accumulation of many marks, never one gesture, that leads to a different relationship with time. It's both immediate and slow.'

Lauter began as a painter, transitioning to the medium of pastel as a means of slowing the pace of both the reading of her work and the creation of her work. These compositions exist in a space between painting and drawing, and even sculpture–Lauter's surfaces are thick, viscous accumulations of almost pure pigment, pushed, scraped, and then meticulously carved. These complex surfaces guide the viewer through deeply personal, and yet universal, knowing of human interior psychic and emotional spaces.

In recent bodies of work, Lauter has explored the relationship of the artist and the viewer to the art itself, a feeling that is deeply spiritual and potentially transcendent. These series, called Devotional Landscapes and Devotional Flowers, are intended as vessels for worship in the same manner as are traditional Christian devotional paintings, which function as physical substitutes for deities. With Lauter's work, devotion is focused on the art itself rather than a higher power–these compositions encourage the viewer to explore the ethereal, the amplified state that is roused through encountering impactful art.

Mimi Lauter (b. 1982, San Francisco) received her BA at the University of California, Los Angeles and her MFA from University of California, Irvine. Her work is represented in the collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles.

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Featured Artworks

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Visions of the Past and Future by Mimi Lauter contemporary artwork
Mimi LauterVisions of the Past and Future, 2018 Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper
200.7 x 114.3 x 6.4 cm
Blum & Poe
Visions of the Past and Future by Mimi Lauter contemporary artwork
Mimi LauterVisions of the Past and Future, 2018 Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper
13 x 16 x 1 3/4 inches
Blum & Poe
Visions of the Past and Future by Mimi Lauter contemporary artwork
Mimi LauterVisions of the Past and Future, 2018 Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper
Blum & Poe
Untitled by Mimi Lauter contemporary artwork
Mimi LauterUntitled, 2018 Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper
53.88 x 41.88 x 1.88 inches (incl frame)
Blum & Poe
Land, Sea, Sky Chamber by Mimi Lauter contemporary artwork
Mimi LauterLand, Sea, Sky Chamber, 2018 Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper
72.38 x 99.75 x 2.13 inches (incl frame)
Blum & Poe
Mouth Chamber by Mimi Lauter contemporary artwork
Mimi LauterMouth Chamber, 2018 Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper
72.88 x 103.75 x 2.13 cm (incl frame)
Blum & Poe
Untitled (Devotional Flower Landscape) by Mimi Lauter contemporary artwork
Mimi LauterUntitled (Devotional Flower Landscape), 2018 Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper
87.88 x 73.38 x 2 inches (incl frame)
Blum & Poe
Untitled (Devotional Landscape) by Mimi Lauter contemporary artwork
Mimi LauterUntitled (Devotional Landscape), 2018 Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper
76.13 x 51.63 x 1.88 inches (incl frame)
Blum & Poe

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Mimi Lauter, Sensus Oxynation at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Closed
12 May–23 June 2018 Mimi Lauter Sensus Oxynation Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

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