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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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Oscar Enberg

b. 1988, New Zealand

Oscar Enberg’s installations are like storyboards for a movie or television show where the tone, meaning and narrative information is conveyed only through physical objects: sets, décor and props. Where typically objects furnish narratives, in Enberg’s work storylines are compressed into sculptural forms.

Oscar Enberg (b. 1988) studied at the Canterbury University’s Ilam School of Fine Arts and now lives and works in Auckland. Recent solo exhibitions include: Jean, Jean et l’enfant sauvage, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles (2015); Sire So-and-So or Richard Pågen, Johan Berggren, Malmö (2014); The Pynchons, S01E02: Slouching Towards Dignity, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (2014); and The Pynchons S01E01, Gloria Knight, Auckland (2013). Earlier this year, Enberg participated in Les Règles du Jeu / The Rules of the Game at Centre Pompidou, Paris, and in December 2015 he will make a solo exhibition, titled the prophet, the wise, the technician, and the Pharisee, at Artspace, Auckland.

Featured Artworks

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domestic hygiene or the contented cuckold by Oscar Enberg contemporary artwork Oscar Enbergdomestic hygiene or the contented cuckold, 2018 Damascus steel, deer antler, sterling silver fixtures, stain and handmade lace
31 x 25 x 8 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
'Family of Man'. The fall of man by Oscar Enberg contemporary artwork Oscar Enberg'Family of Man'. The fall of man, 2018 enamel and charcoal on cast fibrous plaster, painted was stained Linden, digital prints on card, string, iron nails
190 x 170 x 25 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Rôti sans pareil by Oscar Enberg contemporary artwork Oscar EnbergRôti sans pareil, 2018 acrylic, enamel on dado rail, bouquet garni, nails
1040 x 145 x 10 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
domestic hygiene or Matryoshkan Shame by Oscar Enberg contemporary artwork Oscar Enbergdomestic hygiene or Matryoshkan Shame, 2018 Damascus steel, goat horn, sterling silver fixtures, carved pounamu, silver chain
34 x 30 x 5 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
It is sure to rise, Madam by Oscar Enberg contemporary artwork Oscar EnbergIt is sure to rise, Madam, 2018 Antique stained glass
83 x 43 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
The Origin of Man, The State of Innocence by Oscar Enberg contemporary artwork Oscar EnbergThe Origin of Man, The State of Innocence, 2018 Enamel and charcoal on cast fibrous plaster, acrylic and enamel on cast epoxy resin, assorted fabrics, cotton and wool filling, ribbon, brass bells, safety pin, printed ceramic mugs, iron nails
162 x 122 x 11 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Coober Pedy Cuckold Clock by Oscar Enberg contemporary artwork Oscar EnbergCoober Pedy Cuckold Clock, 2017 cast pigmented polyester resin, enamel, polished cast bronze, rusted horn mouthpiece and nails, waxed cotton thread
80 x 35 x 18 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Die Phantasie by Oscar Enberg contemporary artwork Oscar EnbergDie Phantasie, 2017 patinated and polished cast bronze, handmade single bobbin three cup Bruges lace bra, wenge, zebrano, zebra stone, brass
170 x 140 x 55 cm
Hopkinson Mossman

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Oscar Enberg, Taste & Power, a prologue at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
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6 April–12 May 2018 Oscar Enberg Taste & Power, a prologue Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Nina Beier, Michael Dean, Oscar Enberg, Chosil Kil, NO EYES DRY at ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul
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12 October–11 November 2017 Nina Beier, Michael Dean, Oscar Enberg, Chosil Kil NO EYES DRY ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Frottage Cottage at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
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19 April–20 May 2017 Group Exhibition Frottage Cottage Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

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