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Oliver Laric
'Relief (Utrecht)'
At the level of the image, the determinations of the Protestant Reformation (1517-1648), as in so many other incidents of iconoclastic 'image-breaking' leading up to the present day, were predicated on a clear-cut Manichean sense of difference. During this period, statues and images of a religious order were subjected to sustained physical attack. Those that did not square with the heterodox self-understanding of the Reformation (as an exemplary monotheistic motion) were deemed false - in other words 'idolatrous' and worthy of destruction.

Oliver Laric’s series of polyurethane sculptures, circulate around both historical and contemporary ideas relating to image hierarchies. In collaboration with 3D modellers, Laric has translated a reformation damaged icon from St Martin's Cathedral, Utrecht, into a silicone mould from which a number of casts have been made. Each is identical in size and form, distinction coming only from their varied pigmentation. For Laric, these sculptures, their multiplicity, reflects a viable productive principle in iconoclasm. After the conceptual event of iconoclasm, after the physical inscription of that event as damage on the very surface of these icons, the formal hierarchy between the original and its modification is fundamentally undermined. Instead there is equipoise; no single truth, no original; no derivative; just versions...
In this latest series, Laric has added tobacco from illegally imported Chinese cigarettes, recycled cork, shredded bootleg CDs, and hologram scraps.





Oliver Laric
Relief (Utrecht), 2011
Polyurethane (yellow & black), pigments, tobacco, recycled cork, shredded CDs, hologram scraps
47,5 x 66,5 x 11 cm
Unique
(LARIC-2011-0001)





Oliver Laric
Relief (Utrecht), 2011
Polyurethane (blue, green & yellow), pigments, tobacco, recycled cork, shredded CDs, hologram scraps
47,5 x 66,5 x 11 cm
Unique
(LARIC-2011-0002)





Oliver Laric
Relief (Utrecht), 2011
Polyurethane (turquoise, white & magenta), pigments, tobacco, recycled cork, shredded CDs, hologram scraps
47,5 x 66, 5 x 11 cm
Unique
(LARIC-2011-0003)





Oliver Laric
Relief (Utrecht), 2011
Polyurethane (green, blue, black & grey), pigments, tobacco, recycled cork, shredded CDs, hologram scraps
47,5 x 66,5 x 11 cm
Unique
(LARIC-2011-0004)











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