A group exhibition curated by Anthony and Graham Dolphin
1 April - 1 May 2022, Abject Gallery, 27 Fawcett Street, Sunderland
9 July - 4 September 2022, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter
Versions, 2012 Duration 9 minutes
Single channel digital film with soundtrack
Austrian born, Berlin-based artist Oliver Laric’s practice encompasses a wide range of media: sculpture, film, online digital, and photography. At its core, his work is an exploration of the consumption and production of images in the age of the internet.
‘Versions’ is a video essay that muses on the manipulation and re-appropriation of images throughout history. The film examines how images are in constant flux and hostage to appropriation. Disney animations are reworked across multiple films. Reportedly truthful news’ images are digitally manipulated, subsumed, and returned to the internet as parody and meme.
Talking about his approach Laric says, “I don’t see any necessity in producing images myself - everything that I would need exists, it’s just about finding it. Using an existing image creates a new image, just as with iconoclasm: the destruction of an image creates an image. Or with translation: as Jorge Luis Borges described in the oft-quoted Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote, translations produce new works.”
Oliver Laric website
Tanya Leighton Gallery