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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Nicola Farquhar

b. 1972, New Zealand

Nicola Farquhar (1972, Hamilton) graduated from Elam School of Fine Art’s MFA program in 2009. Recent exhibitions include: Discoveries, Art Basel Hong Kong (2014); Method and Gesture, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (2013); New Revised Editon, City Gallery, Wellington (2013); and Porous Moonlight, Papakura Art Gallery (2013). In November 2015 Farquhar will participate in Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show at Auckland Art Gallery (curated by Natasha Conland).

Farquhar’s energetic paintings are complex terrains that map the materiality and biology of both the human form and the painted surface. Drawing on compositional conventions of traditional portraiture, patterning, and the abstract language of scientific diagrams (especially those that describe the movement and effects of light), Farquhar’s paintings are part formal studies in space, part sci-fi bodies, part chimerical landscapes.

Featured Artworks

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E.M.R.B. by Nicola Farquhar contemporary artwork Nicola FarquharE.M.R.B., 2018 Paper clay, plaster, pastel, acrylic
38 x 36 x 27 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Well/Bell by Nicola Farquhar contemporary artwork Nicola FarquharWell/Bell, 2018 Oil on canvas, encaustic on ply
60 x 60 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
H.H. Frond by Nicola Farquhar contemporary artwork Nicola FarquharH.H. Frond, 2018 Oil pastel, acrylic, paper clay, custom frame
67 x 55 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Stone tone one by Nicola Farquhar contemporary artwork Nicola FarquharStone tone one, 2018 Oil on canvas
60 x 60 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
H.H. Froth by Nicola Farquhar contemporary artwork Nicola FarquharH.H. Froth, 2018 Oil pastel, acrylic, custom frame
66 x 54 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Stone tone one by Nicola Farquhar contemporary artwork Nicola FarquharStone tone one, 2018 Oil on canvas
60 x 60 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Graze by Nicola Farquhar contemporary artwork Nicola FarquharGraze, 2018 Oil on canvas
60 x 60 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Xin Yang by Nicola Farquhar contemporary artwork Nicola FarquharXin Yang, 2018 Oil on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Hopkinson Mossman

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Nicola Farquhar, A Holotype Heart at Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington
Closed
22 November–22 December 2018 Nicola Farquhar A Holotype Heart Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Nicola Farquhar, Folded Eyes at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Closed
20 October–18 November 2017 Nicola Farquhar Folded Eyes Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Nicola Farquhar and Renee So, Morphogens at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
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2 September–1 October 2016 Nicola Farquhar and Renee So Morphogens Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

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