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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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Tschabalala Self

b. 1990, USA

Tschabalala Self builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting and printmaking to explore ideas about the black female body. The artist constructs exaggerated depictions of female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. The exaggerated biological characteristics of her figures reflect Self's own experiences and cultural attitudes toward race and gender. 'The fantasies and attitudes surrounding the Black female body are both accepted and rejected within my practice, and through this disorientation, new possibilities arise,' Self has said. 'I am attempting to provide alternative, and perhaps fictional, explanations for the voyeuristic tendencies towards the gendered and racialised body; a body which is both exalted and abject.'

Tschabalala Self (B.1990 Harlem, USA) lives and works in New York and New Haven. Current and recent exhibitions include: Bodega Run, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019); Tschabalala Self, Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2019); Bodega Run, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2018); The Beyond: Georgia O'Keeffe and Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville (2018); Bodega Run, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2017); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York (2017); Tschabalala Self, Tramway, Glasgow (2017); Tschabalala Self, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2017); Desire, Moore Building, Miami (2016); The Function, T293, Naples (2016); A Constellation, Studio Museum Harlem, Harlem (2015); Tropicana, The Cabin, Los Angeles (2015).

Self was an Artist in Residence at Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2018–2019).

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Featured Artworks

Wash N' Set 2 by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork
Tschabalala SelfWash N' Set 2, 2019 Neon
111.8 x 177.8 cm
Pilar Corrias
Lit by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork
Tschabalala SelfLit, 2017 Painted canvas, fabric, oil, acrylic, and flashe on canvas
213.4 x 152.4 cm
Pilar Corrias
Milkcrate by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork
Tschabalala SelfMilkcrate, 2017 Laser cut mdf
61 x 104.1 x 73.7 cm
Pilar Corrias
Grape Soda by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork
Tschabalala SelfGrape Soda, 2017 Neon
243.8 x 92.1 x 10.2 cm
Pilar Corrias

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock My Soul at Victoria Miro, London
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2 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Rock My Soul Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Tschabalala Self, Thigh High at Pilar Corrias, London
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2 October–9 November 2019 Tschabalala Self Thigh High Pilar Corrias, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Tschabalala Self, Bodega Run at Pilar Corrias, London
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7–27 September 2017 Tschabalala Self Bodega Run Pilar Corrias, London

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Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown 2 Nov 2018 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

There is no official Shanghai Art Week, but the term has nevertheless entered the lexicon of the city's contemporary art community. It's especially apt this year, with the firmly established West Bund Art Fair (8–11 November 2018) and Art021 (9–11 November 2018) taking place the same week that the 12th Shanghai Biennale opens at the Power Station...

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In Related Press

Artist Tschabalala Self Explains the Art and Commerce of Designing Her Own Louis Vuitton Bag Related Press Artist Tschabalala Self Explains the Art and Commerce of Designing Her Own Louis Vuitton Bag W Magazine : 3 July 2019

If you're just finding out about the artist Tschabalala Self—who, at 29, already has already established both industry cred and a cult following—it's more likely than not a little late for you to acquire some of her work for yourself.

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Tschabalala Self’s Avatars of Black Womanhood Related Press Tschabalala Self’s Avatars of Black Womanhood Hyperallergic : 9 March 2019

SEATTLE — Scraps of bright turquoise, yellow, and salmon fabric encircle a swatch of denim imprinted with a building's image; this delineates a figure's thigh. It is part of up Bellyphat (2016), a textile-and-paint collage by artist Tschabalala Self. Elsewhere in the work, black, pink, and rosewood fabric swatches define the figure's face,...

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