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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Ryan Trecartin

b. 1981, USA

In his frenzied video, K-CoreaINC.K (Section A), Ryan Trecartin (b.1981) creates a satire of global corporate culture.  His characters, dubbed ‘Koreas’, are exaggerated stereotypes of the everyday office worker. They don blond wigs, office-casual wear and powder their faces, which Trecartin calls ‘workface’. Devoid of linear narrative, the video depicts characters in bizarre but strangely recognizable scenarios acting in ways that subvert our expectations of the business world.  This K-CoreaINC.K (Section A) is just one part of seven videos that together comprise Trecartin’s epic Any Ever series.  At the very young age of thirty Trecartin already has mounted solo exhibitions in such prominent institutions such as MoMA P.S.1., New York, NY; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, and distinguished himself as a prominent artist of the younger generation.

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Peak Pooper by Ryan Trecartin contemporary artwork Ryan TrecartinPeak Pooper, 2015 Digital print, hand wrapped custom frame, 200 denier packcloth, glue, wood, non-glare
96.5 x 66 x 3.8 cm (incl frame)
Sprüth Magers
Leash Fest - Pet Send, Don't Hit by Ryan Trecartin contemporary artwork Ryan TrecartinLeash Fest - Pet Send, Don't Hit, 2015 224.4 x 134.5 x 4.3 cm Sprüth Magers
Arrive Alive Tickle Pets by Ryan Trecartin contemporary artwork Ryan TrecartinArrive Alive Tickle Pets, 2015 159.1 x 195.8 x 4.4 cm (incl frame) Sprüth Magers
The Friendliest Survival Planner Yet by Ryan Trecartin contemporary artwork Ryan TrecartinThe Friendliest Survival Planner Yet, 2015 Digital print, hand wrapped custom frame, denim, glue, wood, non-glare plexiglass, aluminium backing
96.8 x 65.8 x 3.8 cm (incl frame)
Sprüth Magers

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