Oliver Laric

Versions 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 at 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 at New Museum.

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Oliver Laric Press

Texts and interviews

Seventeen Exhibitions:

5
Diamond Grill

Versions
50/50 2008 ↓ ↑ Touch My Body
Oliver Laric Something old, something new
Oliver Laric, Something old, something new, 2013 
Counterfeit CD and DVD granulate, polyurethane, brochure, Shanzhai phone, jade powder, resin, energy drinks, steel
Unique

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Oliver Laric, Versions, 2012 
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Oliver Laric, Versions, 2012 
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Oliver Laric, Versions, 2012 
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Oliver Laric Sun Tzu Janus Light
Oliver Laric, Sun Tzu Janus, 2012
Resin, plaster and pigment
40 x 24 x 30 cm

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Oliver Laric Sun Tzu Janus
Oliver Laric, Sun Tzu Janus, 2012 
Resin, plaster and pigment 
40 x 24 x 30 cm

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Oliver Laric Chippendale Cubes 2
Oliver Laric, Chippendale Cube, 2012 
Cast polyurethane sculpture
Unique
65 x 65 cm

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Oliver Laric Inukshuk Tribal Hologram
Oliver Laric, Inukshuk Tribal, 2012
Custom produced, tamper evident security holograms on 8mm plexi sheet,
lacquer.
100 x 70 cm
Unique

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Oliver Laric Thinker Schengen Dragon Jeet Kune Do Qiaodan Ise Jingu Hologram
Oliver Laric, Thinker Schengen Dragon Jeet Kune Do Qiaodan Ise
Jingu
, 2012 
Custom produced, tamper evident security holograms on PET
sheet, laquer 
140 x 100 cm
Unique

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Oliver Laric Ise Jingu
Oliver Laric, Ise Jingu, 2012
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
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Oliver Laric, Frieze Stock Footage, 2011
Website, produced for Frieze Art Fair

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Oliver Laric Doritaenopsis Aung San Suu Kyi
Oliver Laric, Doritaenopsis Aung San Suu Kyi, 2011
Cibachrome in OSB frame
42.8 x 31.6 x 2.5 cm
Edition of 5
Oliver Laric Kopienkritik 8
Oliver Laric, Kopienkritik, 2011 
Skulpturhalle Basel
Curated by Raffael Dörig

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Oliver Laric Kopienkritik 6
Oliver Laric, Kopienkritik, 2011
Skulpturhalle Basel
Curated by Raffael Dörig

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Oliver Laric CEO
Oliver Laric, CEO, 2011
Three Shunghuan CEO cars, neon lights
Dimensions variable
Installed at Based in Berlin
Oliver Laric Versions 2010
Oliver Laric, Versions, 2010
Single channel HD video
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Oliver Laric, Versions, 2010 
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Oliver Laric, Versions, 2010 
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Oliver Laric Versions Relief 1
Oliver Laric, Versions (Relief), 2010 
Polyurethane sculpture
48 x 66.5 x 12 cm

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Oliver Laric Ancient Copies
Oliver Laric, Ancient Copies, 2010
100 Reissued bootleg publications
45 x 40 x 60 cm
Oliver Laric Versions Worcester Icon 4
Oliver Laric, Versions (Worcester Icon), 2010 
Polyurethane sculpture
39 x 14 x 7 cm 

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Oliver Laric Versions Utrecht Icon 6
Oliver Laric, Versions (Utrecht Icon), 2009 
Polyurethane sculpture 
29.4 x 16.5 x 10.5 cm

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Oliver Laric, Versions, 2009
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Oliver Laric, Versions, 2009
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