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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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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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Ritesh Ajmeri

India

Ritesh Ajmeri’s work is about metaphoric landscape which incorporates past to present moment with body sculptures, drawings and performance videos. He questions how memory and remembering could be encoded from the skin to the brain, which we can contemplate between the roles of object and body in society where he is situated in India and South Korea. He traces what he is experiencing through color and remains of recalling; pigment, rust, figure, and time based recording, using his whole body images. Rust and time-elapsed physicality starts from the figurative format of his sculptures and continues to the abstract drawings and paintings.

What he is dealing with is somewhat political but still very private regarding happenings around him. He can pick up some meaning from a very specific moment in reality, all the freckles in time which could be re-encoded and decoded into very formal manner, creating different results to viewers. In ‘Winding Time’, he became a living object through the whole day, chasing up sunlight, recording variations of time. Sun penetrates skin and impresses various meanings in the brain and Ajmeri re-interprets it onto different forms of works. Ajmeri is challenging more panoramic views from part to part, skin to skin, eye to eye and brain to brain, especially color to color adapting rust in many of his works.

In ‘Rusted Skin’ series, Ajmeri questions how he can neutralize human skin colours. He takes impression of his skin surface with Microscopic camera, which then he draws and paint in rust. Hence his work details are composed with tiny, smooth and soft dots, looking like abstract landscapes.

He traces what he experiences by using colour and remains of memories. His essential raw material like pigment, rust, body and time based recording, is therefore the traces that become a new experience which are visually archived. Hence time base recording is the main significant focus of his interest.

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