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Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus Ocula Report Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus 14 Dec 2018 : Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein for Ocula

Retrospective 1965–2017, Beatriz González's exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (13 October 2018–6 January 2019), presents a selection of 120 works that bear witness to Colombia's political and social upheavals of the last 50 years. Throughout, the link between González's practice and the sociopolitical context it references...

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Ingrid Schaffner Ocula Conversation Ingrid Schaffner Curator, 57th Carnegie International

Founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie as part of the Carnegie Institute in 1895, Carnegie Museum sought to 'bring the world' to the city with a grand building housing a natural history museum, a library, and an art museum operating as a fluid space for knowledge exchange. In its 123-year history, the institution has built up a world-class...

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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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Ruth Watson

b. 1962, New Zealand

For over twenty years Ruth Watson has used maps as a basis for making art. Unlike many artists using map imagery, she does not use the map or globe as a 'given' or 'found object'. Rather she investigates its structure, the map projection itself. Watson is looking for projections that can challenge the way we usually represent the world and transform their meanings further via the use of materials. These range from photographs of the surface of a tongue (a lingua geographica) to chocolate wrapping paper or pink plastic shopping bags. Her maps have been stretched and distorted, moulded into heart shapes, and printed onto silken dresses. Globes have been made from animal tissue or beautifully executed in hand blown glass. For example Lost Worlds, a new series of drawings, uses uncommon map projections as their basis. Rendered on heavy paper then erased, the image of something that once existed no longer does, the only remnants are embedded in the paper.

Featured Artworks

Natural State by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork Ruth WatsonNatural State, 2001 Pink plastic shopping bags, archival photomount, glass-headed pins
160 x 160 cm
Two Rooms
Summer Compass by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork Ruth WatsonSummer Compass, 2002 Gold paint and etching on capiz (mother of pearl) shell, with nylon monofilament
Two Rooms
Without parachute by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork Ruth WatsonWithout parachute, 2002 Inkjet prints directly on silk, stitched into dress form
Two Rooms

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ruth Watson, Redoubting Antarctica at Two Rooms, Auckland
Closed
13 July–15 August 2012 Ruth Watson Redoubting Antarctica Two Rooms, Auckland

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