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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

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Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

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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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