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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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Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Roger Ackling

(1847 - 2014), United Kingdom

Like his friends and colleagues Richard Long and Hamish Fulton, Ackling belongs to the generation of artists who graduated from St Martin'sSchool of Art in the 1960s with a sense of the possibility of taking artout of the studio. Sculpture, they decided, could be anything theywanted it to be: a walk though the Cairngorms, a bicycle ride throughFrance, or in Ackling's case, a small piece of found wood marked by thesun. For the past 35 years, Ackling made all of his work by the samemethod: focusing sunlight through a hand held magnifying glass to drawonto pieces of discarded wood or scraps of card which he rescues fromthe edges of our everyday lives. It is an intense and meditativeprocess; each mark, like a tiny sun, measuring the existence of a ray oflight on its passage to earth from a source many millions of milesaway. The resulting works have a weight and strength and sombrestillness which belies their often small scale and everyday origins.They have the power to transform the environment that they inhabit:making quiet interventions that subtly alter the space around them.Ackling's work urges a renewed awareness of the small, the silent, themarginal, the overlooked.

Featured Artworks

Voewood by Roger Ackling contemporary artwork
Roger AcklingVoewood, 2006 Sunlight on wood
34.7 x 15.2 x 5 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Voewood by Roger Ackling contemporary artwork
Roger AcklingVoewood, 2012 Sunlight on wood and nails, 2 parts
10.7 x 6.5 x 6.3 cm
Ingleby Gallery

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Roger Ackling, Kestle Barton, Cornwall, UK Related Press Roger Ackling, Kestle Barton, Cornwall, UK Frieze : 25 May 2015

Roger Ackling's work is experiencing something of a revival. Not that it had ever gone anywhere, of course. For a period of over 40 years, up until his death last year, the British artist and teacher used a magnifying glass, focusing sunlight into a scorching point, to sear freehand lines across the surface of wood and board.

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Roger Ackling obituary Related Press Roger Ackling obituary The Guardian : 19 June 2014

Recycling material and harnessing the power of the sun, the artist Roger Ackling, who has died aged 66 from motor neurone disease, used natural resources to make work that was exhibited all over the world. He would focus the sun's rays with a magnifying glass to burn grids of precise black lines into the surface of long-lost or discarded fragments...

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