is an ongoing project by Oliver Laric that deals with historical and contemporary ideas relating to image hierarchies. It proposes that present methods of creative production challenge the hierarchy of an authentic or auratic ‘original’ image. Rather than privileging a primary object, Versions
suggests a re-direction for image making, one in which bootlegs, copies and remixes increasingly usurp ‘originals’ in an age of digital production. Versions
takes different forms and iterations, including a series of documentary style monologues over montaged images and video clips, polyurethane casts based on reformation damaged religious figurines, a re-issued bootleg publication of a Margaret Bieber’s Ancient Copies (an academic text that deals with the protraction of Greek aesthetics into Roman art), as well as other sculptures and appropriated items that explicate contemporary image circulation and their exchange through present and historical conditions.
The project serves as a conceptual point of reference for the rest of Laric’s practice, in which a flattened image economy is mined for creative production and in the process looks at the consequences for hybridity in contemporary culture.
Recent solo projects include: Versions
at MIT List Visual Arts Center, CAS Annual Award
at Lincoln Museum, Art Statements
Solo presentation at Art|43|Basel, Kopienkritik
Skulpturhalle Basel, Frieze Projects
at Frieze Art Fair 2011 – viewable at http://friezestockfootage.friezeartfair.com/
Recent group exhibitions include: Speculations on Anonymous Materials
at Fridericianum; The Dark Cube
at Palais de Tokyo, Imagination adrift
at Palais de Tokyo; The Imaginary Museum
at Kunstverein München; Priority Moments
at Herald St; Memery
at Mass MoCA; The World is Flat
(curated by Lauren Cornell) at X-initiative; Unmonumental
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Versions50/50 2008 ↓ ↑ Touch My Body
Oliver Laric, Lincoln 3D Scans
, 2013 http://lincoln3dscans.co.uk/
Commissioned by the Collection, Lincoln, UK, through the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award: Commission to Collect; funded by the Sfumato Foundation.
Oliver Laric, Something old, something new
Counterfeit CD and DVD granulate, polyurethane, brochure, Shanzhai phone, jade powder, resin, energy drinks, steel
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Oliver Laric, Ise Jingu
Miniature of the Ise Shrine, black market cigarettes ‘Jin Ling’, 3D print of a statue of the Virgin Mary from the clock of Basel’s town hall, Buddhist ‘shanzhai’ phone, and activated bamboo charcoal air purifier.
45 x 39 x 24 cm
Oliver Laric, CEO
Three Shunghuan CEO cars, neon lights
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