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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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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

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Dancing with the stars by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork
Ruth WatsonDancing with the stars, 2018 hand printed vintage porcelain clown
110 x 18 x 18 cm
Bartley + Company Art
Flat Earth Society by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork
Ruth WatsonFlat Earth Society, 2018 Bronze and aluminium plinth
117 x 35 x 35 cm
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Bartley + Company Art
Eclipse by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork
Ruth WatsonEclipse, 2018 Bronze and vintage books
120 x 24 x 16.5 cm
Bartley + Company Art
Transient Global Amnesia #9 by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork
Ruth WatsonTransient Global Amnesia #9, 2017 Metallic print on aluminium
35 x 49 cm
Bartley + Company Art
Transient Global Amnesia #8 by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork
Ruth WatsonTransient Global Amnesia #8, 2017 Metallic print on aluminium
35 x 49 cm
Bartley + Company Art
Transient Global Amnesia #6 by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork
Ruth WatsonTransient Global Amnesia #6, 2017 Metallic print on aluminium
35 x 49 cm
Bartley + Company Art
Transient Global Amnesia #5 by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork
Ruth WatsonTransient Global Amnesia #5, 2017 Metallic print on aluminium
35 x 49 cm
Bartley + Company Art
Transient Global Amnesia #4 by Ruth Watson contemporary artwork
Ruth WatsonTransient Global Amnesia #4, 2017 Metallic print on aluminium
35 x 49 cm
Bartley + Company Art

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ruth Watson, Eclipse at Bartley + Company Art, Wellington
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10 October–3 November 2018 Ruth Watson Eclipse Bartley + Company Art, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Ruth Watson, Redoubting Antarctica at Two Rooms, Auckland
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13 July–15 August 2012 Ruth Watson Redoubting Antarctica Two Rooms, Auckland

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