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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Patricia Piccinini

b. 1965, Australia

Patricia Piccinini is known for her confronting, unsettling sculptures and installations made from fibreglass and silicone and human hair. Her 2002 work The Young Family, deals with the issues surrounding using genetically modified pig organs as replacements for humans to alleviate shortages.  She wants her audience to wonder how her apparently grotesque, transgenic, hyperrealist creatures came to be, how they relate to real, current contexts, and if they can be considered ‘beautiful’ and are ‘good’ or ‘bad’. This allows for the creation of an indefinite number of narratives. Despite its shocking impact, Piccinini’s art has an air of familiarity about it, forcing the viewer to consider why they feel some deeper connection to these creatures. Her sculptures, installations, drawings, and video, require a certain degree of imaginative input from the viewer. They invite them to confront the increasingly significant role of biotechnology, consumerism and digital technologies in modern life, as well as the intricacies and complexities of social relationships.

In her piece The Stags (2009), Piccinini gives life to machines. This is perhaps her most consistently underlying theme: blurring the lines between the real and the fantastic; asking whether each viewer’s version of reality can be subjected to radical change.

Piccinini has exhibited across Australia, New Zealand, Peru, the United States, Europe and Brazil. Noteworthy exhibitions include her 2005 show, Patricia Piccinini: Relativity, at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, and a major retrospective Patricia Piccinini: Once Upon a Time at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide in 2011. She also represented Australia at the 2003 Venice Biennale and has recently made The Skywhale in 2013 to mark the centenary year of the city of Canberra. More recently, Graham was made in 2016, commissioned by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to highlight the vulnerability of the human body in road accidents.

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Featured Artworks

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Heartwood by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork
Patricia PiccininiHeartwood, 2018 Silicone, fibreglass, leather, automative paint, hair, wedge-tailed eagle, motorcycle boots
230 x 140 x 120 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Swell by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork
Patricia PiccininiSwell, 2002 3 channel video installation
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Couple by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork
Patricia PiccininiThe Couple, 2018 Silicone, fibreglass, hair, cotton
42 x 168 x 65 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Smell of Rain by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork
Patricia PiccininiThe Smell of Rain, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Cloudless Field by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork
Patricia PiccininiCloudless Field, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Jupiter by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork
Patricia PiccininiJupiter, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Rising to the Surface by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork
Patricia PiccininiRising to the Surface, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Dawn by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork
Patricia PiccininiThe Dawn, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Patricia Piccinini, The Struggle and the Dawn at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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28 August–30 September 2017 Patricia Piccinini The Struggle and the Dawn Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 2 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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28 July–12 August 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 2 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 1 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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6–22 July 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 1 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended 24 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...

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Patricia Piccinini & Victoria Lynn Ocula Conversation
In collaboration with TarraWarra Museum of Art
Patricia Piccinini & Victoria Lynn

Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love ... at TarraWarra Museum of Art (24 November 2018–11 March 2019) is an exhibition that reveals shared explorations of love, intimacy, and relationships in the work of two of Australia's leading artists. This is the first exhibition to explore the conceptual links between the works of Patricia...

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Patricia Piccinini Ocula Conversation Patricia Piccinini Artist

On the occasion of Patricia Piccinini's multisensory and epic retrospective, Curious Affection at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA, 24 March–5 August 2018), this interview covers Piccinini's meticulous and collaborative studio practice, and the role of narrative in her work. Curated by Peter McKay, the exhibition occupies the ground floor and...

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Clinton Ng Ocula Conversation Clinton Ng Collector, Sydney

Sydney based collector, Clinton Ng, has built a substantial collection of leading contemporary art in just over ten years. His collection now includes works by over 150 artists, including Ahmed Alsoudani, Olafur Eliasson, Adrian Ghenie, Vik Muniz, Alex Prager, Simon Denny, William Kentridge, Adrián Villar Rojas, Shaun Gladwell, Thomas Hirschhorn...

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In Related Press

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Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through Love… Related Press Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through Love… art guide Australia : 11 January 2019

In the 1980 historical drama, The Elephant Man, the titular character John Merrick is chased by a mob into a railway station toilet. Finding himself trapped by the baying crowd, Merrick screams, "I am not an animal! I am not an animal! I am a human being!" While the real Joseph (not John) Merrick who lived in Victorian London was a man...

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Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Related Press Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Broadsheet : 26 November 2018

It's six o'clock in the morning and I'm in a hot air balloon high above the Yarra Valley to get a glimpse of the Skywhale. She floats majestically in the morning sky, all 10 breasts hanging pendulously. It's very rare to see her in flight, and even now we can't get that close. At 34 metres tall she's pretty hard to miss. She's also unwieldy and far...

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Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester united by love Related Press Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester united by love Australian Financial Review : 23 November 2018

The word "love" covers a multitude of feelings that span everything from sexual desire to a connection with the environment. The works by two women artists at Victoria's TarraWarra Museum of Art show how much richer our visual vocabulary is when it comes to capturing the nuances of our emotions.

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What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Related Press What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Vogue : 28 August 2018

As Australia's leading art fair, Sydney Contemporary manages to make art critics into art lovers and the unanointed into worshippers, all within the space of three days.

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In Video & Audio

Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … Related Video & Audio Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … TarraWarra Museum of Art : 22 November 2018

Patricia Piccinini, one of Australia's most internationally recognised contemporary artists and Joy Hester (1920-60), the pivotal female artist of Melbourne's 'Heide circle' and one of Australia's most celebrated modernists, are presented together in the world first exhibition.Patricia Piccinini and Victoria Lynn, Director of the TarraWarra Museum...

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