Oliver Laric

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Oliver Laric – Giving Away the Moulds Will Cause No Damage to His Majesty's Casts

  • 23 Apr 2015 — 3 Jul 2015
  • 7:00PM


Objects move generously online, freely accelerating beyond institutional borders and geographies. From sculpture to image and back to sculpture again, we present the first institutional solo exhibition of Austrian artist Oliver Laric in London. Confronting the movement of sculpture by bridging different moments in time, this solo exhibition brings together Laric’s 3D scans of objects and artworks from selected museum collections, including a contested Yuanmingyuan marble column from the Old Summer Palace in Beijing.

Scanning objects from museums in Lincoln, UK (The Collection and the Usher Gallery), as well as the KODE Art Museums in Bergen, amongst others, Laric publishes historical material online to be downloaded and used without copyright restrictions. As artworks travel away from institutions and collections as information they encounter a diversity of audiences globally. Authorship is forfeited for a continuous engagement with planned and unplanned collaborators, developing a collective expansive project. Artworks and collections exist simultaneously in various spaces around the world, within both museums and computer hard drives, at the same time as being temporarily hosted and rematerialized at the Austrian Cultural Forum.

With this break from source material and context, the value of sculpture is levelled. Marble becomes plastic; traditional galleries become office tables and bedrooms. Multiple perspectives take hold of the image, with the original continuously reshaped as it moves across networks and galleries.

Accompanying the exhibition will be the release of Oliver Laric’s publication ‘Lincoln 3D Scans, a catalogue of scanned objects to act as the starting point for new iterations. It will be on sale at the opening for £10 (cash only).

Oliver Laric (born 1981 Innsbruck, Austria), lives and works in Berlin. Self-titled solo shows at ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano; Tanya Leighton, Berlin; Oliver Laric: Lincoln 3D scans, The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincolnshire; and Yuanmingyuan 3D, ENTRÉE, Bergen (all 2014). Recent group shows include Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York; All Tomorrow’s Past, Kunsthaus Hamburg; Lumination, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad; and Hybridize or Disappear, Museu Nacional De Arte Contemporânea Do Chiado, Lisbon. Forthcoming solo shows will take place at CCA, Tel Aviv and Austrian Cultural Forum, London (both 2015) and Secession, Vienna (2016).

Curated by Victor Wang. 

The exhibition is supported by The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria (BKA)

Oliver Laric, 'Yuanmingyuan Column', 2015

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