Xi'an Conversations

    • Date
      2014.11.27 19:00-21:00 
    • Guest
      Oliver Herring, James Elaine
    • Moderator
      Karen Smith
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Art in Action

-- Oliver Herring Artist Talk

Oliver Herring was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1964. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His works include knitting, participatory performances, photo sculptures and video. Oliver Herring started his art career as a painter with very colourful and expressive works. Among Herring's early works were woven sculptures made by knitting Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into the form of human figures and items of clothing and furniture. In 1998, Herring moved from knitting Mylar to making videos and exploring participatory performances. Herring's videos have a dreamlike stream-of-consciousness quality; each progresses towards a finale that is unexpected or unpredictable. Many of the artist's performances are participatory and achieved with the help from "off the street" strangers. Embracing chance and chance encounters, Herring's performances liberate the participants, encouraging them to explore through art aspects of their personalities that would otherwise be impossible.
Herring has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, etc. He has also received grants for his work from Artpace, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. During this visit to China Herring will present a solo exhibition at A4 Art Centre in Chengdu and a new work at Telescope (artist studio) Beijing.


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