Oliver Herring: Legacy

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Art21 first featured artist Oliver Herring in 2005
Watch the original & uncut 13 minute film online! (via Hulu)

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Own Season 3 Today: DVD or iTunes
Oliver Herring is featured in the Art21 episode "Play" along with fellow artists Ellen Gallagher, Arturo Herrera, and Jessica Stockholder. The Season 3 DVD features 4 episodes, 18 artists, and is available from PBS and Amazon.

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Stop-Motion Animation
Learn how to make your own stop-motion animation films and videos.

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In this video, artist Oliver Herring covered participants with a phosphorescent body paint and edited together only the moments of the lights turned off. See Wikipedia for the science behind phosphorescence:

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"TASK" Events & Blog
Oliver Herring's videos and performances are often created by improvising with friends and strangers. The project "TASK" is an ongoing series of performances comprised of:

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The AIDS Memorial Quilt
Founded in 1987, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. Each "block" (or section) of The AIDS Memorial Quilt measures approximately twelve feet square, and a typical block consists of eight individual three foot by six foot panels sewn together. Virtually every one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels that make up the Quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS.

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September 11, 2001
Oliver Herring created this video soon after the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York, evidenced by the melancholy tone of the music, the stoic and still nature of the performers, and the choice of props and simulated movements such as two ladders and falling bodies.

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Artist Oliver Herring discusses what he perceives as generational shifts in our relationship to the camera, mortality, and legacy, accompanied by scenes from his five channel video installation Little Dances of Misfortunes (2001) — created after 9/11 — which depicts amateur dancers illuminated by phosphorescent body paint.

Among Oliver Herring’s earliest works were his woven sculptures and performance pieces in which he knitted Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into human figures, clothing and furniture. Since 1998, Herring has created stop-motion videos, photo-collaged sculptures, and impromtu participatory performances with ‘off-the-street’ strangers, embracing chance and chance-encounters in his work.

VIDEO | Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Joel Shapiro. Sound: Roger Phenix. Editor: Jenny Chiurco. Artwork Courtesy: Oliver Herring.

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