Oliver Laric - Versions
From the studio. I always find myself becoming emotionally attached to these bits of scrap wood I use for spray painting or coating stuff on. As they develop increasingly complex patinas I become tuned in to their constant state of change.
This issue we are looking for our readers’ help to secure the future of this exciting and dynamic project!
Issue 4 will be produced in collaboration with Glasgow Open House Festival, where we will be taking part in symposiums and hosting workshops!
"I began collecting cracked and molten fragments of Empire bricks, the waste of one of the 140 brick plants that once lined the Hudson River, with the idea of using them as a clumsy and incompetent material to build something of a ruin, in anticipation of the inevitable. This idea of starting at the end point, of trying to build with material already ruined, seemed ironic in a very relevant way – with crumbling economic structures and failed industries, it seems like we live in an age when we stand on the debris of giants as much as on their shoulders.
The structures I create are not cemented together; I continuously re-organize the same bricks in a series of modular stacking patterns. They are not monoliths; they are monuments to impermanence.
At long last! Here are some photos of a book project we did in late 2013 with the M-Lit students at House for an Art Lover called Encounters.
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