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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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Neil Pardington

b. 1962, New Zealand

Neil Pardington is of Māori (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Kāti Waewae) and Pakeha ancestry. He is one of New Zealand’s most established and widely exhibited contemporary photographers. His recent series of works The Clinic and The Vault, photographed over a ten-year period, document the operating and storage areas within hospitals and museums. These critically acclaimed works take into account the history and practices of medicine and of collecting.

In 2011 he was commissioned by the Adam Gallery to make Behind Closed Doors, a series documenting the homes of Wellington art collectors.

Taking its name from the seminal book by Michel Foucault, his current project The Order of Things documents scientific collections in museums revealing the tensions between colonising scientific structures and the traditional Māori knowledge system, mātauranga Māori. Taxonomy – the science of naming, describing and classifying organisms – provides a formal structure to the series, with each genus presented as single major work hung en masse in a grid structure as a typology.

Neil is a graduate of the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. He is a founding trustee of the Paemanu Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Arts Trust. In 2011 he received New Zealand’s premier award for photography, the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award.

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Featured Artworks

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Abattoir #4 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonAbattoir #4, 2010 pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
80 x 100 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Abattoir #2 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonAbattoir #2, 2010 pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm,
100 x 80 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Arthropoda, Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonArthropoda, Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira #1, 2013 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
260 x 540 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Asteroidea / Pātangaroa, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonAsteroidea / Pātangaroa, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand #1, 2014 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
186 x 86 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Reptilia / Ngārara, Tuatara, Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonReptilia / Ngārara, Tuatara, Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1, 2013 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
192 x 178 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Reptilia / Ngārara, Mokomoko, Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonReptilia / Ngārara, Mokomoko, Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1, 2013 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
126 x 132 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Diadema sp., Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonDiadema sp., Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1, 2013 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
150 x 100 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Goniocidaris umbraculum / Kina taratara, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand  #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonGoniocidaris umbraculum / Kina taratara, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand #1, 2014 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
150 x 100 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Neil Pardington, The Order of Things at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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5–27 June 2015 Neil Pardington The Order of Things Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show - in association with mr. mod, So Last Century at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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13 June–12 July 2014 Group Show - in association with mr. mod So Last Century Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, Neil Pardington and Fiona Pardington, Blood and Roses at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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11 August–2 September 2011 Neil Pardington and Fiona Pardington Blood and Roses Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

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