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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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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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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
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

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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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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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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