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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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b. 1972, Australia

Shaun Gladwell Biography

Shaun Gladwell ‘s videos of street culture and performances such as skateboarding, BMX riding and break dancing, challenge familiar perceptions of hip hop and MTV urban culture, encouraging its consideration and criticism in the context of European romanticism and religious allegory.  Gladwell graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 1996 and completed postgraduate research at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2001.

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Streetwise and entertaining, Gladwell’s urban hip hop performances retain deeper political and philosophical concerns with the artist playfully shifting the viewer’s reading of a performance, slowing down time and reinventing break dancing and skate board culture as a lyrical and poetic experience. Gladwell represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2009 with a series of videos that relocated hip hop culture within the Australia desert. The dislocation of such performances from the urban environment shifted perceptions and understanding of both hip hop culture and the landscape.  

Gladwell had exhibited locally and internationally and his work is represenetd in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Shaun Gladwell In Ocula Magazine

Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Elyse Goldfinch, Sydney

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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Clinton Ng Ocula Conversation Clinton Ng Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Sydney based collector, Clinton Ng, has built a substantial collection of leading contemporary art in just over ten years. His collection now includes works by over 150 artists, including Ahmed Alsoudani, Olafur Eliasson, Adrian Ghenie, Vik Muniz, Alex Prager, Simon Denny, William Kentridge, Adrián Villar Rojas, Shaun Gladwell, Thomas...

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Shaun Gladwell In Related Press

Australia Council delivers major blow to visual arts, say leading museum directors Related Press Australia Council delivers major blow to visual arts, say leading museum directors 24 May 2016, The Sydney Morning Herald

The carnage from the latest round of Australia Council funding continues, with the federal government's arts funding agency accused of delivering a major blow to the contemporary visual arts sector.

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Primavera 2015: Springtime for young artists at the MCA Related Press Primavera 2015: Springtime for young artists at the MCA 29 September 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald

In the eight-metre, ochre-stained woven string artwork created for this year's Primavera 2015 , Lucy Simpson sees the symbolic weaving together of old and new Aboriginal traditions. Simpson has titled it Yilaalu , a Yuwaalaraay​ word with the dual meanings of "a long time ago" and "a long time to come". Cultural...

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Art Month Sydney 2015: top picks Related Press Art Month Sydney 2015: top picks 11 March 2015, The Guardian

What place does painting have in contemporary art? Slip Slop Slap sees artists and critics tackle the topic at King Street Gallery on William (11 March). Shows asking the same question include Paintingontopofitself at MOP Projects (4–29 March), Simon Fieldhouse at Australian galleries (3–22 March) and Mitch Cairns at the Commercial...

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Elizabeth Ann Macgregor's top 10 contemporary art works Related Press Elizabeth Ann Macgregor's top 10 contemporary art works 28 January 2015, Sydney Morning Herald / 26 January 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor shares her top 10 Australian contemporary art works, including pieces by Tracey Moffatt, Rebecca Bauman, Gordon Bennett, Juan Davila, Shaun Gladwell, Noel McKenna, Lyndal Jones, Rosemary Laing and Stuart Ringholt. 

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