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Areas of Action

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October 01, 2016

During this performance of Areas for Action directed by Oliver Herring, four volunteers will spray colorful food dye from their mouths onto gallery walls. Joyful, messy, surprising, and often fatiguing, this playful, but physically demanding performance is expected to take several hours, showing the profound commitment of time and effort involved in artistic experimentation. The color-splattered walls will become a vibrant backdrop for a new installation of twelve videos by Herring that document a month of public performances from 2010 in New York City. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Oliver Herring (b. 1964, Heidelberg, Germany) is best known for creating TASK, an ongoing series of events, workshops and parties in which participants of all ages and demographics collectively dream up instructions and carry them out with the materials provided. Much of his recent work involves human interaction, progressing towards unexpected and/or unpredictable finales. Herring’s work has also included hand-knit Mylar and tape sculptures, improvised stop-motion videos and performances, and elaborately constructed fragmented three-dimensional photo sculptures. Herring’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. Herring received a BFA from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, England and an MFA from Hunter College, New York. IMAGE: Oliver Herring. Areas for Action, Day 15: Color Spit Duet; Kristen and Davis Spit Blue. 2011. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Frederick R. Weisman Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment. BMA 2012.191.25. Courtesy the Artist. ©Oliver Herring

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The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Dr
Baltimore, MD 21218
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