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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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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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