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Ocula ReportLa dotta, la rossa, la grassa: the 42nd Arte Fiera, Bologna15 Feb 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Bologna is a city with many names. First, there is 'la dotta' (or 'the learned one') in honour of its university, the oldest in the western world (established in the 11th century), which counts Petrarch, Copernicus, Dante and, more recently, the cult (and controversial) Bologna-born filmmaker, Pier Paolo Pasolini, among its alumni. Its second...
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Ocula ConversationCory ArcangelArtist, USA{{document.location.href}}
Going through Cory Arcangel's website feels like riding across waves of digital archaeologies, where things endlessly fold and unfold. The site meticulously presents every aspect of Arcangel's practice, including detailed information about exhibitions and artworks for which the artist has become known. These include his 'game modifications' (or...
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Ocula ReportBeyond the Zone: the 5th Material Art Fair15 Feb 2018 : Robert Ayers for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Now in its fifteenth year, Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo (7–11 February 2018) is rightly regarded as one of the more important events on the international art fair circuit. Without a doubt, it is the grande dame of Mexico City's early-February Art Week, claiming to be 'the epicentre of collecting in Latin America'. But this year, fairgoers...
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"To maintain a healthy balance of the body, I started a routine three years ago: taking medicine every day, having periodic checks, adjusting the amount of medicine, attending the clinic and getting the report. “Taking medicine” and “getting report”, one is the process and the other is the result, but sometimes the nature of these two can be exchanged. Maybe it is the change of the body conditions that led to my sensitivity to things. “Fei Yi (Composition)” comes from an idiom in The Book of Songs. Lesser Odes “Che ma zhi mei, Fei fei yi yi”, which describes the march of horses and carriages being stately and in order. This corresponds to the artistry that I have always been pursuing: each thing exists in its own status in an entirety and moves with the same rhythm. It seems that those small dots, thin lines, faint color differences and materials themselves are all organically functioning in the entirety, difficult to be discovered. They seem neat, peaceful and indistinctive.

My understanding of “space” is no longer just grassland or a room. It is more likely to be the two ends of some sort of extreme, which are continuously developing towards their respective directions. The works prepared for the exhibition are stage-representative. From the conversion of space and object, the discussion of the balance relationship of placing objects, to the exploration on the sensitive points of the materials themselves, the continuation and extension of creation is a kind of process that ceaselessly penetrates into the essence. A second, a day, a year, a day, a second-from fast to slow and then to fast again, moving in circles; I hope the rhythm of your observation is the same as the rhythm immersed in my work."

Qian Jiahua

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