Hammer Blog

  • Telescope: China | Oliver Herring pt. 3

    Telescope: China | Oliver Herring pt. 3

    Oliver Herring’s 3rd major all day performance is one of his trademark works. In Beijing it was titled, Areas for Action, Beijing: Color Spit. For this performance Herring enlisted 2 participants who wore light gray thermal leggings, white socks, and white T-shirts.

  • An “Unruly” Material: Balata in Francis Upritchard’s Practice

    An “Unruly” Material: Balata in Francis Upritchard’s Practice

    Francis Upritchard’s discovery of the rubber-like material called balata was happenstance. While in Belem, Brazil for a residency in 2004, she stumbled upon balata figurines at an outdoor market. The material, the figurines, and the seller intrigued her. Mr. Darlindo, the artisan and seller with whom Upritchard struck up a conversation, invited her back to his studio for a lesson.

  • Telescope: China | Oliver Herring pt. 2

    Telescope: China | Oliver Herring pt. 2

    Oliver Herring’s 2nd all day performance at Telescope, Areas for Action, Beijing: Aluminum Foil, was a spectacular event. Hundreds of local villagers, children, students, artists, workers, tourists, etc. came by to look and to participate.