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VILMA GOLD presents OLIVER OSBORNE | LUTHER PRICE

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7 May 2016 to 18 June 2016
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Oliver Osborne
False Friends Falsche Freunde
7 May - 4 June, 2016
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Artists in this exhibition: Oliver Osborne, Luther Price


Oliver Osborne
False Friends Falsche Freunde

7 May - 4 June, 2016
Private view Friday 6 May 6:30 - 8:30pm

Vilma Gold is pleased to announce False Friends Falsche Freunde, Oliver Osborne’s second solo show at the gallery. This show focuses on a group of new paintings that include elements of figuration, appropriation and abstraction. These new paintings have been made using oil, silkscreen, collage, and embroidery.

False Friends are words in two languages that look or sound similar but differ partially, or entirely in meaning. For example the German word brav (meaning well-behaved) is a false friend of the English word brave (bedeutet mutig), or Bad (bath) and bad (schlecht). The title is an invitation to consider notions of translation and transformation in the work.

The imagery in this show has been culled from a variety of sources, including cookery manuals and language textbooks. Two recurring themes within the show are wetness (fish, drips) and windows. Both are taken as having literal relationships to painting, though here are treated in ways that tends to emphasise dryness and opacity. Also cropping up are pregnancy, the rubber plant in sharp chiaroscuro, a cat called Schengen, and a burglary.

Additionally, Vilma Gold is delighted to present European Paintings a new book on Oliver Osborne’s work published by Mousse Publishing, Milan. This book includes specially commissioned writing by Terry R. Myers and Nicholas Hatfull.

Oliver Osborne (b. 1985) lives and works in Berlin.

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Luther Price
Meat Chapter 3

7 May - 4 June, 2016
Private view Friday 6 May 6:30 - 8:30pm

Best known for his autobiographical films made during the mid-1980’s and early 1990’s, Boston-based artist Luther Price has moved away from working with the Super-8mm format in recent years to create unique hand-painted 16mm films and 35mm slides.

Inspired by a traumatic incident that took place in Price’s life during 1985 when he was randomly shot with a high-powered riffle in his abdomen in Nicaragua, Meat: Chapter 3 features disturbing images of bodies, filth, decay and death which create an unnerving atmosphere for the viewers. In his slide projections, Price recycles found film footage which he then cuts up by hand and reassembles before applying various unconventional techniques to the material in order to alter the original imagery and push it to its limits. The results are often erratic and chaotic as the artist uses natural processes and unpredictable methods, such as scrapping the slides, burying them in dirt, pressing objects such as salt, ants and most recently sugar between the two glass plates of the slides, and allowing them to rot and mould on their own. These often very physical acts reflect the bodily horrors illustrated within the frames of the slides, creating unique and beautifully unsettling imagery. 

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For further information or images please contact Martin Rasmussen: +44 (0)20 7729 9888 or: martin@vilmagold.com.


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