My name is Oliver Lardner, I am a visual artist and my research led practice revolves around contemporary notions of artistic labour.
In 2020 Artists are rarely admired for their technical ability alone, but instead their contribution to the expansion of our shared cognitive surfaces. A cognitive surface refers to an additional attribute belonging to an art work which is able to stretch a public and shared imagination in some way: to shift the cognitive surface. When this relationship is operating correctly, artists can create new ways of understanding the world and in this way create more space than either they or their works occupy. Historically this conceptual expansion came primarily through engagement with new and emerging technologies. However, unusually perhaps, artists who were once guardians of this important role now actively fight against this paradigm. We can now observe many contemporary painters persisting with a business-as-usual approach, creating paintings that perpetuate preexisting surfaces, which further cement exisiting boundaries that surfaces can also create.
Drawing upon my experiences as a programmer, specifically with writing code art, I wish to apply the political and inherently anarchistic qualities of digital distribution and code art to the idea of a ‘painted’ surface and traditional notions of artistic labor. My practice led investigation takes this as an entry point into a multi-perspectival form, with the audience themselves constituting the final surface.
2 meter square demarcated with gaffer's tape
200 × 200 cm
Hired a security guard to keep people out of a 2 × 2 meter square for the entire duration of group exhibition.
cardboard, tape, hot glue, timber, screws, car tires
80 × 150 × 303 cm
Part of the SYD / VLC Exchange
Chakrasana (after Duchamp)
painting stool, office chair
Oliver Lardner and Emily Taylor
Einfürung Ins Denken
Cafe installed in studio for one day only. Coffee and doughnuts were served to passers by.
inkjet print on archival paper
42 × 29.7 cm
Just a word
pvc film, paint marker, led strips, Arduino
200 × 240 cm
Part of the Sydney Triennale (triennaleofsydney.com)
Oil on canvas 750 × 550
oil on canvas
75 × 55 cm
Read them and weep
acrylic on canvas
80 × 80 cm
Spatial as well as temporal
acrylic on pvc film
80 × 80 cm