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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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Wang Yi

b. 1991, China

Focusing on presenting a complex plane in a way that results simplicity and purity, Wang Yi explores the deconstruction and reconstruction of a specific space, at the same time searching serenity and profundity in his abstract painting. With the use of only two or three colors in one work, he deploys nearly transparent paint and overlays the thin paint repeatedly in the same plane as an ascetic, finally creating a retinal game while treating painting itself as a ritual, and as an endeavor to resist the rapid consuming of art in today's society. Confronting the mirror-like surface of the works, the audience is faced with the visage of a stranger, and has metamorphosed into an anonymous status of concretion. The reflection of the viewer himself/ herself is gradually permeated and eroded by these overlapping shadows. Shifting from his earlier figurative style to absolute abstraction, Wang Yi's recent works have a theme of minimalism imbued with strictly ruled details. He uses the rational approach of overlapping color to represent the structure of the society, and the relationship between experience and reality, the individuality and the entirety.

Featured Artworks

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The Study of Array (2) by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiThe Study of Array (2), 2017 Acrylic and pencil on paper
54.5 x 40 cm
HdM GALLERY
Hub 2018 - 2 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiHub 2018 - 2, 2018 Mixed media on canvas
220 x 220 cm
HdM GALLERY
Panorama 2019 - 2 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiPanorama 2019 - 2, 2019 Mixed media on aluminium
60 x 30 cm
HdM GALLERY
The Mirror of Ukiyo by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiThe Mirror of Ukiyo, 2018 Mixed media on mirror
30 x 30 cm
HdM GALLERY
The Study of Hub (2) by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiThe Study of Hub (2), 2017 Acrylic and pencil on paper
38 x 29 cm
HdM GALLERY
The Study of Array by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiThe Study of Array, 2017 Acrylic and pencil on paper
54.5 x 40 cm
HdM GALLERY
Panorama 2017-01 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiPanorama 2017-01 Mixed media on aluminum plate
60 x 30 cm
AIKE
Panorama 2017-02 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiPanorama 2017-02 Mixed media on aluminum plate
60 x 30 cm
AIKE

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Atonal River 无调之川 at AIKE, Shanghai
Closed
18 May–30 June 2019 Group Exhibition The Atonal River 无调之川 AIKE, Shanghai

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