Oliver Laric is an internet-based artist, born in 1981, in Innsbruck, Austria. He studied at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where he graduated in 2007.
Laric’s web-based artistic practice or net art is characterised by the manipulation and reinterpretation of existing cultural images. His work blurs boundaries between the authentic and the inauthentic, the original and its subsequent reflections and reconfigurations. He operates in a simulacral space where concepts of authorship, truth, presence, original and copy are shown to be obsolete, or at least irrelevant. This process is intimately tied to his intuitive, idiosyncratic brand of scholarship, which he presents through an ongoing series of fugue-like expository videos and further elaborates through his appropriated object works, videos, and sculptures, all of which are densely conceptually layered and often make use of recondite, technologically sophisticated methods of fabrication. Straddling the liminal spaces between the past and the present, the authentic and the inauthentic, the original and its subsequent reflections and reconfigurations, Laric’s work collapses categories and erase borders in a manner that calls into question their very existence.
He has participated in many group exhibitions as well as in numerous solo exhibition worldwide.
Laric is a co-founder of vvork.com that he founded together with a group of friends in 2006. VVORK is an art blog acting as an exhibition space and, occasionally, a curatorial platform that organizes events in brick-and-mortar venues.
He currently lives and works in Berlin.