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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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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

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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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

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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Oliver Perkins

b. 1979, New Zealand

Oliver Perkins' paintings hover between a declaration of formal intent and material process. It is this opposition which he exploits to draw the viewer into a conversation of edge, surface and object. Perkins creates his paintings by stacking stretcher frames, pulling the canvas taught to reveal a an underlying system. It is the process of stretching that the artist adopts as a formal gesture and from which he builds a vocabulary of spatial understanding. The devices of foreground and background are translated into relief, heightening the surface upon which Perkins bisects with irregular lines.

Born in New Zealand, Perkins received his MA from Chelsea School of Art, London, and is well represented between London and New Zealand. His practice is reductive and often monochromatic, and he describes his works as 'physical models that explicitly, and self reflectively, reveal the process and mechanics of production.' Yet the tension between representational space and relational concerns allow for a porous intersection to be established, navigated and negated.

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork Oliver PerkinsUntitled, 2018 acrylic, rabbit skin glue, ink, canvas, pine stretchers and staples
65 x 60 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Untitled by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork Oliver PerkinsUntitled, 2018 acrylic, rabbit skin glue, ink, canvas, pine stretchers and staples
65 x 55 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Untitled by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork Oliver PerkinsUntitled, 2018 Acrylic, rabbit skin glue, ink, canvas, pine stretchers and staples
65 x 50 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Untitled by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork Oliver PerkinsUntitled, 2018 Acrylic, rabbit skin glue, ink, canvas, pine stretchers and staples
65 x 60 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Untitled by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork Oliver PerkinsUntitled, 2018 Acrylic, ply, pre-primed canvas dowel and staples
50.2 x 46 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Untitled by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork Oliver PerkinsUntitled, 2017 Acrylic, cord, dowel and staples
43.5 x 32 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Untitled by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork Oliver PerkinsUntitled, 2017/2018 Acrylic, cord, dowel and staples
144.5 x 100 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Untitled by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork Oliver PerkinsUntitled, 2018 acrylic, rabbit skin glue, ink, canvas, pine stretchers and staples
80 x 65 cm
Hopkinson Mossman

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Fiona Connor, Oliver Perkins, Shadow Work at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Closed
2 August–1 September 2018 Fiona Connor, Oliver Perkins Shadow Work Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Oliver Perkins, Bleeding Edge at Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington
Closed
1 June–7 July 2018 Oliver Perkins Bleeding Edge Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Oliver Perkins, Translations at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Closed
26 May–24 June 2017 Oliver Perkins Translations Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

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Perkins' innovative stretchers at Hopkinson Mossman Related Press Perkins' innovative stretchers at Hopkinson Mossman EyeContact : 11 June 2015

This, Oliver Perkins’ second show at Hopkinson Mossman, carries on his investigations of canvas and stretcher, playing against the usual conventions of portable (but permanent) pigment support - his colour carefully chosen via acrylic and ink. With rectangular stretchers leaning against the wall inside carefully prepared outer canvas frames,...

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Oliver Perkins At Rod Barton, London Related Press Oliver Perkins At Rod Barton, London Mousse Magazine / 29 July 2014 : 11 August 2014

Oliver Perkins’ playful ‘Implant Paintings’ are formed through a defined system that repeats the subtleties inherent to their construction. Perkins defines these works as physical models that explicitly, and self-reflectively, reveal process and document the mechanics of production itself. Using one of the foundations of painting,...

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