Oliver Laric

Published on the occasion of the exhibition:
Secession, Vienna
22 April - 19 June 2015

Oliver Laric is a great admirer of glyptotheques and plaster-cast collections, and so his exhibition Photoplastik transforms the Secession’s main hall into a sculpture display. The show assembles his adaptations of works ranging from antiquity to the present, combining them with objects drawn from popular culture and the natural sciences. Designed specifically for the Secession, it consists entirely of new pieces, most of them 3D prints, a technology that has been central to the artist’s work in the past few years. The selection of sculptures may seem baffling at first, but when it is read along lines indicated by the key concepts of form, technology, politics, and law, it unfolds as a narrative about art and technology.

With seeming ease, Laric combines and transfers qualities from the digital domain such as convenient reproducibility, endless variability, and rapid dissemination into physical space. His sculptures are based on scans of works of art and other objects — for this exhibition, he worked in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Albertina, the University of Vienna’s Institut für Klassische Archäologie, and various public locations—before subjecting the resulting data to a time-consuming 3D modeling process and preparing them for “printing.”


176 pages
Format: 170 x 240 mm
Two different cover layouts
155 images plus 50 images with Magic Eye technique
German / English
Secession 2016
Published by Revolver Verlag
ISBN 978-3-95763-335-4