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b. 1985, United Kingdom

Oliver Beer Biography

British artist Oliver Beer recalls his background in both music and fine art to create works which explore the relationship between sound and space with a particular focus on voice and architecture. Beer's sound arrangements call into question the artist's own fascination with the emotional and sentimental value of physical objects and spaces. His works are participatory in the sense that the viewers presence becomes instrumental in seeking to explore how the human body experiences sound.

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Prior to attending the Ruskin School of Fine Art at the University of Oxford, Oliver Beer studied music at the Academy of Contemporary Music, an experience which has since shaped his artistic practice. His research into sound has resulted in intriguing performances that embody the relationships between sound space and other.

Beer's practice traverses a variety of media including installation, performance, film, and sculpture alongside his renowned sound works. Drawing on universally shared emotions and perceptions of the relationships between sound and space, Beer's works are at once intimate and all-inclusive.

Frances Hodgson | Ocula | 2017

Exhibition view: Oliver Beer, Ghost Notes (Part 1), The Club, Tokyo (6 February–16 March 2021). Courtesy The Club, Tokyo. 

Oliver Beer Featured Artworks

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Score Vessels (Ghost Notes II) by Oliver Beer contemporary artwork
Oliver BeerScore Vessels (Ghost Notes II), 2020Copperplate
38 x 27.85 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
Score for Vessels (Ghost notes I) by Oliver Beer contemporary artwork
Oliver BeerScore for Vessels (Ghost notes I), 2020Copperplate
38 x 27.85 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
Glass Half Full by Oliver Beer contemporary artwork
Oliver BeerGlass Half Full, 2020Half lead crystal glass, perspex cube
20 x 20 x 20 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
Jewellery Box by Oliver Beer contemporary artwork
Oliver BeerJewellery Box, 2020Colour pencil and mother of pearl, set in resin; gesso
9.5 x 19.5 x 2.8 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
Recomposition (Aether) by Oliver Beer contemporary artwork
Oliver BeerRecomposition (Aether), 2020Light bulb, sectioned and set in resin; gesso
29.5 x 29.5 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
Recomposition (The Conversation, after Kikugawa Eizan) by Oliver Beer contemporary artwork
Oliver BeerRecomposition (The Conversation, after Kikugawa Eizan), 2020Violin, metronome mechanism, laughing gas canister, cello, guitar tuning peg, mother of pearl, sectioned and set in resin; gesso
40 x 30 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
Recomposition (Lucky Voice) by Oliver Beer contemporary artwork
Oliver BeerRecomposition (Lucky Voice), 2020Violin, tuning forks, laughing gas canister, colorpencils, metronome mechanism, sectioned and set in resin; gesso
40 x 30 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
Grace Notes by Oliver Beer contemporary artwork
Oliver BeerGrace Notes, 2020Tuning forks sectioned and set in resin; gesso
74 x 47 cm
The Club Contact Gallery

Oliver Beer Current Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Oliver Beer, Ghost Notes (Part 1) at The Club, Tokyo
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6 February–16 March 2021 Oliver Beer Ghost Notes (Part 1) The ClubTokyo

Oliver Beer In Ocula Magazine

Bridget Polk to Balance Rocks at Riga Biennial Opening Ocula News Bridget Polk to Balance Rocks at Riga Biennial Opening London, 14 August 2020

The opening also features an artist talk by balloonist Tomás Saraceno and a musical performance by Oliver Beer.

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Oliver Beer In Related Press

The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition Related Press The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition

The world-renowned Biennale of Sydney is back next year to celebrate its 45th anniversary exhibition. Set to maintain its status as the largest and best-attended contemporary arts event in Australia, the 21st Biennale of Sydney is anticipated to once again bring an impressive and diverse range of contemporary artists and artworks to the...

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Oliver Beer In Video & Audio

Oliver Beer: Oma Related Video & Audio Oliver Beer: Oma 28 November 2020, Thaddaeus Ropac

Oliver Beer's new exhibition Oma presents a new sound installation alongside sculptural wall works that are steeped in musical inheritance and exchange. Following the artist's solo exhibition Vessel Orchestra at the Met Breuer, New York in 2019, the exhibition transforms the Ely Gallery into a space where the sacred and domestic seem to...

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