Oliver Beer b.1985, UK; lives and works in London and Paris
2006-2009 Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, BFA 2004-2007 Academy of Contemporary Music, BA
With an education and background in art, music and film, it is no surprise that Oliver Beer’s work sits comfortably with the realm of sculpture, installation, video, and immersive live performances that reveal the hidden properties of objects, bodies, and architectural sites.
“For Cure3’, the artist says: “I decided to work with a very personal object, one of my grandfather’s tobacco pipes. I’ve transformed its form to reveal its internal anatomy, surgically slicing the pipe in half and filling its interior with opaque resin, sanded to a perfectly flat finish. The pipe's interior is revealed and the air’s pathway defined and drawn out by the resin. Like an ultrasound scan, the object’s interior is represented in two dimensions. I normally call works from this series 2D sculptures, when the object is entirely embedded in resin, but this is the first ‘2.5D’ sculpture that I’ve made where only the interior is revealed in this way.”