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In his multimedia practice, Berlin-based artist Oliver Laric responds to the internet as a mass medium with deep and wide cultural reach, exploring how images have been created, circulated, and repeated both in our time and across history. In the latest installment of the New Media Series, the Museum presents Untitled, 2014-2015, a video work that examines the art of animation and transformation.

Laric identified clips throughout the history of animated film, from Disney to anime, that depict characters in the process of physical transformation. The artist sequenced these images to morph into each other, creating an entirely new animation of constantly evolving figures. As with Laric’s other work, this video responds to the revolution in image production and dissemination brought about by the internet.

New Media Series is devoted to showcasing film and video as an integral part of contemporary art practice. Currents 116: Oliver Laric, an exhibition of recent works by the artist, will be on view concurrently in Galleries 249 and 250. This exhibition is curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant.

Oliver Laric, Austrian, born 1981; Untitled, 2014-2015; 4K video, colour, sound, duration: 5 min 55 sec; Edition of 5 + 2 AP (AP 2/2); Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin LARIC-2014-0094 © Oliver Laric

Oliver Laric at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Oliver Laric’s video work 2000 Cliparts (2010) will be on view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as part of their series, Street Views. The work will be projected on the museum façade from dusk to midnight every evening from January 18 to April 21.

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