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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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Fluorescent Pigments – Louise Zhang

Editor The Artocracy 29 September 2015
I went to mars and the isolation and red speckled solar winds eroded my sanity and it was beautiful – Lousie Zhang via The Artocracy

Louise Zhang‘s works don’t represent forms from the real world. But they are not entirely abstract. Forms are somewhat bodily but not quite as we expect them to be, and colors appear to come from a neon-illuminated planet. This Australian artist is working in a long tradition of representing the grotesque in art, in which not-quite-recognisable images have always inspired mixed reactions of fascination and horror.

Fluorescent Pigments are saturated and appealing, and ambivalent and shifting forms remind alien stones made of swinging jelly. Everything is moist and dripping, with monstrous bulges, as in the underwater world of SpongeBob SquarePants. Similar to a slippery and colorful blob, Zhang’s sculptures are designed to allure or repel, depending on the observer’s personal proclivities.

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