Oliver Laric (AU 2016)
Icon is based on a 3D scan of a damaged icon in Utrecht’s St. Martin’s Cathedral. Laric 3D-scanned and made publicly available this church icon, suggesting a change in direction for image-making. One in which bootlegs, copies and remixes increasingly usurp ‘originals’ in an age of digital production. The work is a print of the 3D scan, and exemplifies Laric’s ideas of image hierarchies and of an authentic or -in Walter Benjamins’ terms- aural ‘original’ image. Produced in cooperation with M&H 3D Reverse.
Oliver Laric’s work deals with historical and contemporary ideas relating to image hierarchies. It proposes that current methods of creative production challenge the hierarchy of an authentic or aural ‘original’ image. The interplay and issues in regard to authenticity and distribution are at the very core of Larics’ work. He seamlessly displays the paradoxical positions artists are faced with currently, and comes with challenging new proposals on how to deal with these issues.