Approved: 10.01.2015

Oliver Palmer

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 10.01.2015

In my work I use ‘poor’ materials to model financial data and to make interventions into the presentational spaces of financial institutions. The poor materials contrast with the often barely imaginable values of the banking and finance sector. They also contrast with the heroic abstractions pioneered by the neo-avant-garde which also strongly influence my interpretations of the data (and influence the forecourts of a thousand corporate HQs). My aim is that by using financial data to generate sculptural forms and imagery I can reinvest these abstractions with an apparent, albeit fleeting, ‘content’ and, at the same time, give a tangible, experiential quality to these overwhelming values they purport to describe.

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Artist Statement

In my work I use ‘poor’ materials to model financial data and to make interventions into the presentational spaces of financial institutions. The poor materials contrast with the often barely imaginable values of the banking and finance sector. They also contrast with the heroic abstractions pioneered by the neo-avant-garde which also strongly influence my interpretations of the data (and influence the forecourts of a thousand corporate HQs). My aim is that by using financial data to generate sculptural forms and imagery I can reinvest these abstractions with an apparent, albeit fleeting, ‘content’ and, at the same time, give a tangible, experiential quality to these overwhelming values they purport to describe.


In a similar vein I have been generating images by imposing financial data onto maps; using their grids I plot graphs which can then become ‘routes’. I then follow these dérive-like routes and, by documenting the sites marked by the points of the graph, create collages that use perspective against itself, thus reshaping the fabric of the City in the image of the data which reflects and affects it so greatly. With the piece, It’s The Economy, Stupid!, 2013, the original digital collage of images have been further collaged as thousands of layered photocopies, giving the work a sculptural feel that is at odds with the normal experience of either images or data.

CV & Education

Oliver Palmer 

           

oliverpalmer@yahoo.com              

http://oliverwilliampalmer.tumblr.com/
 

Education

2015  University of East London - PGCE 

2013  Goldsmiths, University of London - MFA Fine Art (Merit)

2011  Chelsea College of Art and Design, London - PG Dip Fine Art (Distinction)

2007  Oxford Brookes University, Oxford - BA Hons Fine Art (First Class Degree)

Exhibitions

2016

Breaking Ground, The National Football Museum, Manchester (forthcoming) *

2015

Silent Movies, Q Park, Cavendish Square, London (selected by hArtslane Studios)

Liminal Space, Temporary Arts Project Space (T-A-P), Southend, Essex (part of a residency – Aug. 2015)

Extreme Land, Lastation, Gagliano del Capo, Apulia, Italy (part of a residency – July 2015) *

3OWORKS3ODAYS, 12ø Collective, online publication 

2014

Thinking / Drawing, Curious Projects, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Occupy Democracy, Samia Gallery via Parliament Square, London

Plot, Machines Room, Lime Wharf, Vyner Street, London

Hazard, Word of Warning, hÅb + The Larks, Manchester

Proposals archive included alongside The Residency, King's College, London *

AIDD Launch Event, hArtslane Studios, London

Studio. Tomorrow. Buy me things like machines. Showspace, Fitzrovia Gallery, London (run by East Street Arts)

2013

Goldsmiths MFA Show 2013, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Joya: Arte + Ecologia, Almeria, Spain

2012

Peckham Open 2012, Peckham Space, London

Unhinged Festival, Electric Brixton, London

Goldsmiths MFA Interim Show 2012, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2011

PG Dip. Final Exhibition 2011, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

Cable Street, St. Georges Hall, Cable Street, London

A Show in the Dark, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

PG Dip. Interim Show 2011, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

Brenda Landon Pye Portrait Prize 2011, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

F M T (part II), Chelsea College of Art and Design

Chelsea Postcard Auction, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

MYSPACE, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

2010

Legacy I, L.I.U., Salmon Court, Formans Smokehouse Gallery, Hackney, London

The Big Society, Space Station Sixty Five, London

Silent Auction, OVADA, Oxford

War and the Body, Blackall Studios, London *

A Moving Exhibition (part III), Wilson Williams Gallery, London

Contemporary Translation in Suprematism, Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston Super-Mare

Dead Time and Negative Space, Tra'la @ Goodenough College, London

Minimalism Massimo, The Gallery at Willesden Green, London

2009

My Mind Is The Only Thing I Know Really Exists, Menier Gallery, London

Silence, Exile, and Cunning, Oxford Town Hall, Oxford

Now You See It, Notfamousyet, Oxford

Not Outer Space, Frunt @ Nexus Art Café, Manchester

2008

The Dreaming Spires, OVADA Project Space, Gloucester Green, Oxford

Pontoon: Art Exhibition in, on & over The River Thames, Oxford

Geography, The Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Obsessions, Modern Art Oxford

2007

The Nightfair Before Christmas, OVADA, Oxford

The Oxford Arts Festival, The Jam Factory, Oxford *

Spark @ The Fireplace Gallery, 103 St. Clements Street, Oxford

Oxford Brookes University Fine Art Degree Show 2007, Oxford

Aspirin, Modern Art Oxford

Residencies

2015

Breaking Ground, former site of Bradford Park Avenue FC (now an archaeological site), Bradford – an Arts Council England funded project developed in partnership with the National Football Museum Manchester (September 2015) *

Liminal Space, Temporary Arts Project Space (TAP), Southend, Essex (August 2015)

Default 15: Extreme Land 2015 , Gagliano del Capo, Apulia, Italy (July 2015) * 

2013

Joya: Arte + Ecologia, Almeria, Spain

2012

Merz Barn Project, Ambleside, Cumbria

Speaking engagements / Teaching

2016

Photography Teacher, Kings Langley, Herts. 

2015

Photography Teacher, Maidenhead, Berkshire 

Micro Teach presentation, Barking and Dagenham College, Essex

Default15: Extreme Land 2015 , Gagliano del Capo, Apulia, Italy *

Microteach presentation, Desborough College, Berkshire

Micro Teach presentation, Woking College, Surrey

Micro Teach presentation, Bellerbys College, Oxford

AIDD (Action Intervention and Daily Deployment) Sunday Brunch Discussion, AIDD Collective, London

Is there still a place for drawing as a tool for thought in our digital age? Thinking / Drawing Salon, Curious Projects, Eastbourne

2014

Artists' Talk (Giorgio Garippa and Oliver Palmer), The National Maritime Museum, London *

Artist's Talk (presentation of my practice), Havering College, Essex

Teaching Placement (BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design), Havering College, Essex (Sept. 2014 - present)

Micro Teach presentation, Basingstoke College of Technology, Hampshire

Visiting Tutor (BA Fine Art), Oxford Brookes University (May 2014)

Micro Teach presentation, Amersham and Wycombe College, Buckinghamshire

Micro Teach presentation, Havering College, Essex

Visiting Tutor (HNC/HND Fine Art), Barking and Dagenham College, Essex (Nov. 2013 – Mar. 2014)

2013

Visiting Tutor (Foundation Diploma), Reading College, Berkshire (Dec. 2013)

Cover Teacher (AS / A-Level Film Studies and AS / A-Level Media Studies), Aylesbury College, Bucks (Oct. - Dec. 2013)

Artist's Talk (presentation of my practice), Barking and Dagenham College

Postcards From Utopia: John Hinde's Re-imagining of the Worker's Holiday in Pecha Kucha in More Utopia!'s Utopia Forum, Goldsmiths, University of London

Art as Truth-Procedure, Goldsmiths, University of London

2012

Artist's Talk (presentation of my practice), Goldsmiths, University of London

On The (Re)construction of a Universal Subjectivity, Goldsmiths, University of London

2011

Artist's Talk (presentation of my practice), Goldsmiths, University of London

Artist's Talk (presentation of my practice), Chelsea College of Art and Design

2010

War and the Body, Blackall Studios, London *

Curatorial

F M T (part II), Chelsea College of Art and Design • Silence, Exile, and Cunning, Oxford Town Hall, Oxford * • Spark @ The Fireplace Gallery, 103 St. Clements Street, Oxford • Oxford Brookes University Fine Art Degree Show 2007, Oxford • Aspirin, Modern Art Oxford

Collections

Private collection, London

Ms. A. Bowron, Oxford 

 

* denotes collaborations with Giorgio Garippa