Oliver Warden

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Artwork
The Great American, Oil on Canvas, 108x144"
Detail of the low relief on The Great American
All Time, Oil on Canvas, 72"
Caldera, Oil on Canvas, 48x60"
Murano, Oil on Canvas, 48x60"
Oliver
Warden
Artist's Statement

To make these works I pour layers of oil medium onto digital composites that have been printed on stretched canvas. I grab these images from Hollywood films, satellites, video games, the Internet and many other digital sources. I cover that image with multiple semi-transparent pours in oil. This layering creates a low-relief topography inspired by many digital processes. These composites are landscapes that depict a world that communicates through the spectacle.

After 9/11 and Shock and Awe, Guy Debord's interpretation of the spectacle came to a frightening apex. It pushed the spectacle into an arena of immediate global significance. This vernacular, which is about the transformation of power, now permeates every part of our daily consumerist experience. With The Great American and surrounding works, I am attempting to examine this global vernacular head on by bringing it back in to the arena of art as a method of dissent.

Bio/Resume

OLIVER WARDEN
Born in Cleveland, OH
Lives and works in New York, NY

EDUCATION
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Graduate of Master of Professional Studies - 1995-97 Interactive Telecommunications Program

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS Graduate of Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture - 1990-94 Awarded Honors and Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Arts

SOLO EXIBITIONS

OH+T GALLERY
Boston, Massachusetts
No Man’s Land
Curated by Kathleen O'Hara and Caroline Taggart
May 2008

GROUP EXIBITIONS

ST. CECELIA’S CONVENT
New York, New York
Physical Center
Curated by Amanda Schmitt and Juliana Cerqueria Leite
November 2010

JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY
New York, New York
Annual Summer Invitational Group Exhibition
Curated by Jonathan Levine
August 2010

DANZIGER PROJECTS
New York, New York
The Year in Pictures
Curated by James Danziger
January 2010