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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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Wilhelm Sasnal

b. 1972, Poland

Polish painter and film-maker Wilhelm Sasnal is renowned for his incongruous and quietly unsettling portrayal of our collective surroundings and history. Drawing on found images from newspapers and magazines, the Internet, billboards or his personal surroundings, Sasnal’s paintings act as an archive to the mass of sprawling images that flood contemporary society. By applying a concise, photorealist approach to this eclectic subject matter, he captures stolen moments in time–his unusual cropping and graphic approach to light and colour suggest a camera’s gaze, imbuing the canvases with a filmic quality.

There is a persistent preoccupation in Sasnal’s work to stay engaged with the world we live in, and perhaps more importantly, to connect the present with the past. At once curiously personal and coolly detached, Sasnal subjectively and intimately interprets the topical. Sasnal has long worked in film alongside his painting, viewing it as a complementary practice and welcoming the alternative challenges that it brings. Film’s affinity with reality, and therefore its ability to provoke, also appeals to the artist.

'Painting is a natural activity, it’s primal,' Sasnal has commented. 'I think images aren’t important because of the numbers that surround us. But painting has a chance. There is always painting, like there’s song. I don’t think it needs speculation as to whether it is alive or dead… With film I am not only looking for the story but also for the language, how to depict a certain state of being.'

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Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Wilhelm Sasnal contemporary artwork
Wilhelm SasnalUntitled, 2019 Oil on canvas
300 x 220 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Concorde is Dead, 2004 (For Parkett 70) by Wilhelm Sasnal contemporary artwork
Wilhelm SasnalConcorde is Dead, 2004 (For Parkett 70), 2004 Colour contact print from engraved negative on Kodak paper
31 x 47 cm
Parkett
Solar panels I by Wilhelm Sasnal contemporary artwork
Wilhelm SasnalSolar panels I, 2014 Oil on canvas
160 x 220 x 2.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Untitled by Wilhelm Sasnal contemporary artwork
Wilhelm SasnalUntitled, 2016 Oil on canvas
160.5 x 220.5 x 2.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Untitled (Rome) by Wilhelm Sasnal contemporary artwork
Wilhelm SasnalUntitled (Rome), 2018 Oil on canvas
279.8 x 199.8 x 2.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Untitled by Wilhelm Sasnal contemporary artwork
Wilhelm SasnalUntitled, 2018 Oil on linen
280 x 200 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Untitled by Wilhelm Sasnal contemporary artwork
Wilhelm SasnalUntitled, 2018 Oil on canvas
200 x 240 x 2.8 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Mitzpe Ramon astronomical observatory by Wilhelm Sasnal contemporary artwork
Wilhelm SasnalMitzpe Ramon astronomical observatory, 2019 Oil on canvas
40 x 50 x 2.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flora + Fauna at Sadie Coles HQ, London
Closed
4–27 April 2019 Group Exhibition Flora + Fauna Sadie Coles HQ, Davies Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Wilhelm Sasnal, Sleep at Sadie Coles HQ, London
Closed
18 April–26 May 2018 Wilhelm Sasnal Sleep Sadie Coles HQ, Kingly Street

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Wilhelm Sasnal returns to Basel with fond memories Related Press Wilhelm Sasnal returns to Basel with fond memories The Art Newspaper : 15 June 2017

The Fondation Beyeler's room of ten paintings by Wilhelm Sasnal forms a homecoming of sorts—a group exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel in 2002 was the Polish-born and Krakow-based artist's first major show. In the same year, the Warsaw-based Foksal Gallery Foundation, which was then co-directed by Adam Szymczyk, Documenta 14's artistic...

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