ST. LOUIS, MO.- The Saint Louis Art Museum
is presenting new work by Berlin-based artist Oliver Laric in the 116th installment of the museums popular Currents series. The free exhibition is on view in Gallery 249 and 250 from Feb. 22 through May 27.
Founded in 1978, the Currents series serves as a laboratory for emerging and mid-career artists to create and exhibit new work. Featured artists have included Matthew Buckingham, Dale Chihuly, Leonardo Drew, Brian Eno, Ellen Gallagher, Frank Gehry, Donald Judd, Julie Mehretu, Richard Serra, and Cindy Sherman.
Working at the intersection between art and technology, Laric explores image creation, circulation and repetition across history. His works are wide-ranging, originally emerging on open-source sharing and online platforms like YouTube, yet he also creates installations, video and more traditional forms of sculpture. Existing both in museums and online, Larics works straddle these spheres, affirming them as legitimate spaces for the dissemination and experience of art.
For Currents 116, Larics 2018 video animation work Betweenness is being shown alongside a new sculpture that was created from a 3-D scan of Reclining Pan, the museums 16th-century sculpture on view in Gallery 236. Museum staff scanned the original sculpture and then sent the digital file to Laric. To make the sculpture, he printed molds of the object in multiple sections and then used a variety of contemporary materialsfrom plastics to polymer resinsto reconstruct his version.
Betweenness employs the artists far-reaching pool of source material, repurposing characters from anime; images of mushrooms, multiplying cells, and people morphing into animals; and even footage from the CT scan of the museums mummy, Amen-Nestawy-Nakht.
In addition to the exhibition, the museum is presenting Larics 2015 video work, Untitled, as part of the Museums New Media Series in Gallery 301. In this work, Laric extracted elements from animated films across history, compiling scenes in which people, objects, and animals transform. These clips run together against a white background with a piano score soundtrack sampled from the pop song Cry Me a River, by Justin Timberlake.
Currents 116: Oliver Laric and New Media Series: Oliver Laric are curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant.