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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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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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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
Crypto Futures Game of Life Overprint Collage: Electronic Banking Dystopia by Simon Denny contemporary artwork Simon DennyCrypto Futures Game of Life Overprint Collage: Electronic Banking Dystopia, 2018 Digital print on Hasbro Game of Life Electronic Banking Edition board, Game of Life Card reader, Game of Life Bank Cards, powder-coated server rack shelving, laser cut Plexiglas
72 x 100 x 23 cm
Michael Lett
The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom: Seized Property/Bien Saisis #102 Artwork, Predator Statue by Simon Denny contemporary artwork Simon DennyThe Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom: Seized Property/Bien Saisis #102 Artwork, Predator Statue, 2015 UV print and graffiti marker pen on POWER-SOL Silikon 453 Premium Artist Canvas Polycotton Semi-Matt Weiß 350g
80 x 55 cm
Galerie Buchholz

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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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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Hotel Windsor to become a contemporary art hub for Spring 1883 Related Press Hotel Windsor to become a contemporary art hub for Spring 1883 The Weekly Review : 14 August 2016

A sculpture in the bathtub, a horse on the couch and a disco in the loo are just some of the ways artworks have been exhibited at what is emerging as Melbourne’s most exciting art fair.The Hotel Windsor is, once again, about to be transformed by SPRING 1883, a high-end contemporary art show to be held as part of Melbourne’s Art...

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9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin Related Press 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin Mousse Magazine : 17 June 2016

What has the notion of “self” become, in times of growing “self-likeness”—that is, seeing ourselves digitally mirrored in other people? The 9th Berlin Biennale, signed by the New York–based artist collective DIS (Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, and David Toro), puts itself over as “a stage for this...

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