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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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Simon Denny

b. 1982, New Zealand

Simon Denny’s practice emphasizes relationships within communities of things: complex sculptural combinations of objects found, bought, gathered and made. Denny’s approach is sculpturally holistic, seeking and building upon analogous connections between the various formal aspects of his work. Typically, Denny’s sculptural installations are formed from predetermined fragments then assembled within a given space, which to a significant extent determines the final form and content of the work. The finished work is thus more accurately described as the formal resolution of Denny’s working process, of sensing and facilitating interconnections between composite elements and the ideas they can contribute to a larger project.

Denny presents his audiences with situations that tend to foreground an engagement with associations of form, purpose and action. Distinctively rough-shod, ad-hoc constructions of everyday materials are combined with - and are often comprised of - domestic ready-mades. Denny’s apparent crude modesty of form belies the poetic intelligence of the works coming-to-be and sculptural conceit. Denny’s art-making is rooted in doing: considerations of performance and acts of making which embed the artists gesture and activity in his objects - objects chosen in the first instance for the character and activity they already inhabit.

Simon Denny had his first major exhibition in the U.S in 2015, with  at MoMA PS1, a solo exhibition covering his major works to-date, which opened on 3 April.

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Featured Artworks

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Document relief 2 (Amazon Worker Cage patent) by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyDocument relief 2 (Amazon Worker Cage patent), 2019 Inkjet print on archival paper, glue, custom metal wall mount
30 x 21 x 13.5 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Extractor screen 1 by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyExtractor screen 1, 2019 Aluminium frame, steel screws, Plexiglas, UV print on cardboard
68 x 120 x 10 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Distressed Caterpillar SmartBand Mining Automation Worker Fatigue Tracker Promotion Screen by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyDistressed Caterpillar SmartBand Mining Automation Worker Fatigue Tracker Promotion Screen, 2019 Aluminium case, laser cut Plexiglas, UV print on cardboard
68 x 120 x 10 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Crypto Futures Game of Life Board Overprint Collage: The Haunted Mansion – Ghosts by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyCrypto Futures Game of Life Board Overprint Collage: The Haunted Mansion – Ghosts, 2018 Digital print on Hasbro 'Game of Life The Haunted Mansion - Disney Theme Park Edition' board, powdercoated server rack shelving, laser cut Plexiglas, various server rack hardware components
72 x 100 x 23 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Centralization vs Decentralization hardware display: IBM/zcash/GoL The Haunted Mansion by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyCentralization vs Decentralization hardware display: IBM/zcash/GoL The Haunted Mansion, 2018 IBM System z9 server rack door, found DIY GPU zcash cryptocurrency miner, laser cut Milton Bradley 'Game of Life: Be A Top Advertising Guru' boxes, steel, aluminium
180 x 125 x 86 cm
Galerie Buchholz
The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom: Seized Property #103 by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyThe Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom: Seized Property #103, 2014 Digital print on POWER-SOL SI 453 Premium Artist Canvas Polycotton Semi-Matt 350 gsm
160 x 110 cm
Michael Lett
Crypto Futures Game of Life Overprint Collage: My Little Pony Utopia by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyCrypto Futures Game of Life Overprint Collage: My Little Pony Utopia, 2018 Digital print on Hasbro Game of Life My Little Pony Edition board, powder-coated server rack shelving, laser cut Plexiglas, various server rack hardware components
72 x 100 x 23 cm
Michael Lett

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Simon Denny, Games of Decentralized Life at Galerie Buchholz, Cologne
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18 April–16 June 2018 Simon Denny Games of Decentralized Life Galerie Buchholz, Cologne
Contemporary art exhibition, Simon Denny, The Founder's Paradox at Michael Lett, Auckland
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18–22 December 2017 Simon Denny The Founder's Paradox Michael Lett, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Implicated and Immune at Michael Lett, Auckland
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28 January–28 February 2015 Group exhibition Implicated and Immune Michael Lett, Auckland

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Four exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this Spring Ocula Report Four exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this Spring 14 Apr 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

Afterwork at Para Site19 March to 29 May 2016In a city where the problems and issues facing migrant workers—who make up approximately 4% of the population, and are mainly women—are seldom addressed, and where stories of injustice and tales of domestic-helper abuse by employers have been making headlines in the past couple of...

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Art Basil [sic] Ocula Report Art Basil [sic] 31 Mar 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

I was Brainwashed the Friday before Art Basel Hong Kong kicked off. French street artist, Mr. Brainwash, was holding court—to an audience full of Hong Kong society types, complete with bodyguards, and media—with a spray can in a graffiti decorated shell-space in Lan Kwai Fong. It was one of several property developer-artist...

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Simon Denny Ocula Conversation Simon Denny Artist, New Zealand and Berlin

2015 was a stellar year for the Berlin-based artist Simon Denny. First, MoMA PS1 presented The Innovator’s Dilemma (3 April–24 August 2015), Denny’s first significant United States museum solo show. Then representing New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale, his project Secret Power attracted both art world accolades and...

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Simon Denny Ocula Conversation Simon Denny Artist, New Zealand and Berlin

New Zealand-born artist Simon Denny maintains an impressive roster of prestigious international exhibitions. In 2012, he was awarded the Baloise Art Prize at Art Statements, Art Basel 43, and nominated in 2013 for Germany’s young artists’ award the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst. He has twice been nominated for New...

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In Related Press

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Simon Denny: Mine Related Press Simon Denny: Mine Art Guide Australia : 23 October 2019

It is a matter of both awe and horror to contemplate Australia's larger mining sites: vast wounds in the earth that are largely automated and seemingly inexorable in their gouging power. In Simon Denny's Mine, we see multiple images of heavy machinery.

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Art in the dark: Dark Mofo Related Press Art in the dark: Dark Mofo Art Guide Australia : 17 June 2019

Now in its seventh year, Dark Mofo transforms Hobart into a red-hued spectacle of art, food and music. In addition to new Mona exhibitions Mine by Simon Denny, Siloam, Gorillas in Our Midst, and Kirsha Kaechele's Eat the Problem, Dark Mofo's 2019 program pushes a hefty dose of visual art into the nooks and vacant spaces of Hobart's CBD.

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New Zealand's most successful contemporary artist returns to his roots Related Press New Zealand's most successful contemporary artist returns to his roots The Creators Project : 26 October 2016

From our vantage point in 2016, it seems a little bizarre that Simon Denny never made it into Artspace’s annual new artist show when he was kicking off his career in Auckland. Now based in Berlin, Denny has become New Zealand’s most successful contemporary artist.If you had to sum it up, you could say his work interrogates the role...

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Simon Denny's 'Blockchain Future States' at Petzel Gallery, New York Related Press Simon Denny's 'Blockchain Future States' at Petzel Gallery, New York Art Agenda : 26 October 2016

Few major exhibitions in recent memory have generated anything like the sort of intensely polarized response that greeted the recently concluded 9th Berlin Biennale, curated by the New York-based DIS, an increasingly notorious group of Gen X and Y “creatives” with close ties to the fashion and advertising industries. A recent publicity...

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