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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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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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Pan Hsin-hua

b. 1966, China

Pan Hsin-hua is a contemporary ink painter who renders delicate, surrealistic scenes through traditional brush-and-ink style. Though technically rooted in tradition, Pan Hsin-hua belongs to a league of Taiwanese artists who are breathing new life into the medium by highlighting its endless technical potentials. Since graduating from Taipei National University of the Arts in 1991, Pan Hsin-hua's works have been exhibited extensively in Taiwan and internationally.

More resilient than the traditional Xuan paper, Pan Hsin-hua constructs his ink paintings on Hemp paper, which comes from Puli, an urban township in Taiwan's Nantou County. The paper is treated with Alum, which gives it the earthy wash characteristic of an ancient map or mural. Adding water to opaque mineral pigments, he builds the different parts of his paintings layer by layer, avoiding too much build-up of ink so as to retain the paper's texture. He carefully composes the work in mogu or 'boneless' style—a traditional compositional technique in which perspective is absent and forms seemingly float about the picture plane. Influenced by his childhood spent in Taiwan's lush Taitung County, Pan Hsin-hua draws elements from the natural world such as dusty pastel moths, lotus leaves and flowers together with the occasional cherub-like child to form playful scenes.

Pan Hsin-hua's work has been presented in a number of institutional shows both in Taiwan and around the world, including Vanish Landscape, a solo exhibition held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in 1999, and Landscape to Mindscape of Floating World: Contemporary Art from Taiwan, held in 2010 at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, and the Mitsuo Aida Museum in Tokyo. The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts also presented Pan Hsin-hua's work in the group exhibition Memories Overlapped and Interwoven: Post-Martial Law Period Ink Painting in Taiwan in 2017. The exhibition shed light on the evolution of ink during the authoritative system of Martial Law and how the art has thrived since the lifting of Martial Law in 1987. Pan Hsin-hua's work was also exhibited in Australia in the travelling exhibition INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (2015–17), which was exhibited at a number of venues including Canberra Museum and Gallery, and Museum of Brisbane. Pan Hsin-hua currently lives and works in Taipei and Hualien.

Biography by Tessa Moldan | Ocula | 2018
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Knives, spirit, and ink: Three artists of Taiwan Ocula Insight Knives, spirit, and ink: Three artists of Taiwan 13 October 2017

Taiwan doesn't have it easy when it comes to securing a position on the contemporary Asian art map. With gargantuan China and boomtown Hong Kong next door, interest has persistently swayed westward. However, whereas rapid modern change has seen many old artistic techniques swept to the side in Hong Kong and China, a league of artists in Taiwan are...

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In Related Press

Ink Remix at CMAG: Chinese traditions remixed in cutting-edge collection Related Press Ink Remix at CMAG: Chinese traditions remixed in cutting-edge collection The Sydney Morning Herald : 1 July 2015

Delicate brush strokes on paper – calligraphy, lyrical subjects, perhaps woodblock prints on handmade stock.These are the things that most commonly spring to mind when it comes to Chinese ink art – ancient methods and traditional subjects, perhaps reinterpreted in a contemporary context but always recognisable. Recognisable and...

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