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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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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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Oliver Laric

b. 1981, Austria

Through sculpture and video, Oliver Laric explores the consumption and production of images in the age of the internet. Modifying pre-existing photographs, animations and sculptures to question authorship and originality, Laric presents that which we might consider to be unique as disturbingly ordinary, underlining the uncertainties of the internet age.

Laric's earliest artwork exists only on the internet in the form of a curated blog called VVORK, which he started in 2006 with fellow University of Applied Arts Vienna alumni Aleksandra Domanović, Christoph Priglinger and Georg Schnitzer. Running actively until 2012, VVORK was a site where Laric and his peers posted images of their artworks. At its peak, the website had over 20,000 daily visitors and sparked heated debates over whether an artwork could be properly experienced without seeing it in the flesh, a topic that remains important and controversial.

For his work Touch My Body: Green Screen Version (2008), which also exists online, Laric sent the music video for Mariah Carey's song by the same name to a company in India and asked them to replace the video's background with a green screen. Laric encouraged internet users to place new content over the green screen, putting the singer in front of backgrounds such as a fried chicken commercial and gory zombie scenes from the 2004 film Sean of the Dead. This project incited the realisation that anything can be sexualised; no material is sacred if it exists on the web.

Further confronting the mutability of images online, and commenting on the media's ability (or lack thereof) to portray the truth, Laric created the video series 'Versions' (2009-2012). In the videos, images of pop culture figures such as NBA basketball stars and basketball players from Japanese manga are juxtaposed to show uncanny similarities. Laric constantly reworked his videos, making a meta-argument that even his own artwork could not be defined as the images it contains are malleable and continuously in flux. At one point, Versions reveals how a photo that was used to illustrate Iran's missile tests in 2008—which appeared in major American newspapers—was digitally manipulated. The image is followed by other fabricated snapshots of the missiles that parody the blurring of reality and fiction in mass media.

Expanding beyond the internet as a mode of distribution, Laric has entered the more tangible world of contemporary art by creating sculptures. Usually 3D scans of historical sculptures, Laric makes them freely available to the public through his website www.threedscans.com, allowing anyone with a knowledge of 3D modelling to modify his works. The Hunter and His Dog, for example, is Laric's sculpture based on John Gibson's 1838 version and was printed with multi-coloured resin for a 2015 exhibition at Tanya Leighton in Berlin. The work has the appearance of an anatomical model, but is also reminiscent of a sort of techno-bot, dovetailing the past with the present.

In 2018, Laric held his first solo exhibition in New York at Metro Pictures Gallery, titled Year of the Dog, which comprised animations and three sculptures. The sculptures, all entitled Hundemensch, were created from the same mould but finished with different colour resins. Unlike his previous sculptural works, the artist was not inspired by a pre-existing sculpture for the Hundemensch works. Instead, Laric cited mythical creatures such as the Hundemensch—the German term for the dog-headed man that appears as architectural ornaments in Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals—as his source of inspiration.

Recent solo shows include exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri (2019); S.M.A.K, the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art Ghent, Belgium (2018); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2018); Metro Pictures Gallery, New York (2018); and Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2018). Other important shows include Photoplastik (2016) at Secession, Vienna; Oliver Laric: Versions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2013); and Triennial: Surround Audience at New York's New Museum in 2015.

Laric lives and works in Berlin.

Biography by Deanna Grayson | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Betweenness by Oliver Laric contemporary artwork
Oliver LaricBetweenness, 2018 4k video, 4 mins 48 secs
Metro Pictures
Reclining Pan by Oliver Laric contemporary artwork
Oliver LaricReclining Pan, 2018 Stereolithography and selective laser sintering, Polyamide, Polyurethane, pigments, aluminium base
Metro Pictures
Person with Crab by Oliver Laric contemporary artwork
Oliver LaricPerson with Crab, 2019 Electroformed copper
84.39 x 90.04 x 7.4 cm
Metro Pictures
Untitled Rendering by Oliver Laric contemporary artwork
Oliver LaricUntitled Rendering, 2019 Fine Art Print, aluminium frame, clear coating
163 x 123 cm
Metro Pictures
Hundemensch by Oliver Laric contemporary artwork
Oliver LaricHundemensch, 2018 Polyurethane and pigment
53 x 52 x 58 cm
Metro Pictures
Hundemensch by Oliver Laric contemporary artwork
Oliver LaricHundemensch, 2018 Polyurethane and pigment
52 x 52 x 58 cm
Metro Pictures
Hundemensch by Oliver Laric contemporary artwork
Oliver LaricHundemensch, 2018 Polyurethane and pigment
53 x 52 x 58 cm
Metro Pictures

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Performing Society: Violence of Gender at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
Closed
16 February–28 April 2019 Group Exhibition Performing Society: Violence of Gender Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Oliver Laric, Year of the Dog at Metro Pictures, New York
Closed
3 March–14 April 2018 Oliver Laric Year of the Dog Metro Pictures, New York

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Strange Days: Memories of the Future is overwhelming: complex, at times annoying and confusing, repetitive, uplifting and baffling. Like life, really. Films and videos by 21 artists are spread over three floors of the Store X on London's Strand.

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I am interested in moving towards uncertainty. My work offers attempts to reinscribe or open up the material I'm looking at and make it less categorical. I feel more comfortable with the idea of objectivity—or even authenticity—when it's not bound to a single reality or single narrative.

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