Oliver Herring

Sep 6, 2015 - Nov 1, 2015 Solo Exhibition

Opening: Sep 6, 2015 02:00 Sunday
Artists: Oliver Herring
Address: BANK
Oliver Herring’s multi-disciplinary, globe-trotting, performative project Areas for Action makes its Shanghai debut at BANK with an on-going, open archive of new, tailor-made work in tandem with video and photo documentation of past events. Through an open call for volunteers in Shanghai Herring will create a situation for creativity in BANK’s Project Space that the volunteers will complete. Using elemental materials such as glitter, tape, body paint, tin foil, and willing participants this NYC-based artist pushes the notion of relational aesthetics towards the anarchic. Volunteers spurt colored liquids at each other, are painted in phosphorescent goop, or become the human core of improvisatory sculptures, turning the space into an artistic battleground where one’s vulnerability is overridden by one’s emancipation. Breaking down the boundaries between audience and author, process and object, Herring’s work often becomes a social experiment or laboratory where modes of representation are hijacked by modes of production. These unscripted investigations probe notions of human behavior, social psychology, and figuration in art with results that are explosive imagery. In conjunction with this exhibition Herring will present a lecture on his participatory practice at the Power Station of the Art on September 4th, 1-4pm. A very special thanks to: Josie Browne for initiating this project, and the Goethe-Institut and Power Station of Art for their support.
INSTALLATION VIEWS
ARTWORKS
  • Areas for Action, Day 17: Mondrian Miek (Ian) Ian with paint and partially shaved head) | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 58.5 × 85 cm | 2010

  • Areas for Action, Houston: Cut Out Female | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 147 × 102 cm | 2015

  • Areas for Action, Day 16: Phosphorescent Group Phosphorescent Totem | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 110 × 168 cm | 2010

  • Areas for Action, Houston: Cut Out Group The audience gets involved, Shanghai | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 66 × 100 cm | 2015

  • Areas for Action, Shenzhen: Cut Out Male and Female Tong, Close Up | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 50 × 73.5 cm | 2010

  • Areas for Action, Shenzhen: Cut Out Male and Female Fish, Close Up | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 50 × 73.5 cm | 2010

  • Areas for Action, Day 1: Color Spit Solo Reid jumps and spits Yellow paint | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 44.5 × 67 cm | 2010

  • Areas for Action, Houston: Cut Out Group The audience gets involved , Shanghai | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 66 × 100 cm | 2015

  • Areas for Action, Kyoto: Photo Cut Out Hiroki covered in eyes plays harmonica | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 85.5 × 57 cm | 2012

  • Areas for Action, Houston: Glitter Group John and Angeli – Face to Face | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 91.5 × 137 cm | 2015

  • Areas for Action, Houston: Glitter Group Cradling head | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 91.5 × 137 cm | 2015

  • Areas for Action, Houston: Glitter Group Cradling John’s head | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 91.5 × 137 cm | 2015

  • Areas for Action, Houston: Cut Out Group The audience gets involved | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 138 × 95 cm | 2015

  • Areas for Action, Houston: Aluminum Foil Gabrielle, after half an hour Diverse Works, | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 79 × 115 cm | 2015

  • Areas for Action, Houston: Cut Out Male Zack, last half hour | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 101.5 × 149 cm | 2015

  • Right: Areas for Action, Houston: Cut Out Male The audience gets involved | Oliver Herring

    Photography, Print, Other | Digital c-print, ink stamp | 65 × 44.5 cm | 2015

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