Oliver Laric

OLIVER LARCI

Insisting on the importance of the copy as a form of power, Laric’s work explores the concept of reproduction and its potential in contemporary culture, with a particular attention to historical investigation.


OLIVER LARIC

Herakles, 2011
Polyurethane
cm 36 x 25 x 20
Private Collection
London
© Gunnar Meier

The contemporary has the power to communicate not only with its time but also with the past. The works of Oliver Laric on exhibition are two-dimensional reproductions from scans of sculptures from the Archaeological Museum of Florence and currently in the Power and Pathos exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi. Insisting on the importance of the copy as a form of power, Laric’s work explores the concept of reproduction and its potential in contemporary culture, with a particular attention to historical investigation. Technique and history, original and reproduction become central elements in the artist’s work: the analytical examination of the technique and content is the starting point of a critical analysis of the contemporary society, in which the reproduction appears together as a potential and a limit. Moving from appropriation to re-elaboration, Laric combines elements of the past with others from the present, connecting the ancient statuary with cartoons and highlighting the strength of the image defined by the technical power of reproduction.

Oliver Laric was born in 1981 in Innsbruck, Austria. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Among his solo and two person shows we note: Oliver Laric, Secession, Vienna (2016); Oliver Laric, CCA, Tel Aviv (2015); Oliver Laric, ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (2014); Black Box: Oliver Laric, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2014); Versions, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (2013). His participations to group shows include: Moment!, Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen (2015); Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York (2015); Art Post-Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); Speculations on Anonymous Materials, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2013); The Time of Our Image, Kunsthalle Tallinn, Tallinn (2013).



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