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Oliver Ventress is a video and installation artist who has a primary concern with the idea of Being as a Medium; evidential documentary footage and romantic pursuits to capture isolated natural landscape and existence on tape. Works have included a series of attempts to make contact with aliens, the formation of a UFO spotting network, a para-terrestrial seance and the documented seeking of a sea monster.
Working with rudimentary analogue technology and with concerns of an uncertain future, the documents occupy a physical space in plastic casing, away from the instability of cyberspace and digital corruption. They wait to be discovered by our successors: human or otherwise. As installations of CRT monitors, they become objects to be encountered, providing a visual investigation into movement; presence; potentiality.
Oliver is one of 15 nationally selected artists in the UK New Artist Collective, and recently exhibited at the Auxiliary Gallery, Middlesbrough alongside Bill Viola, Martin Creed and Vito Acconci.