Berlin-based artist Oliver Laric works at the intersection between art and technology. His multifaceted approach responds to the internet as a mass media with deep and wide cultural reach, exploring how images have been created, shared, and repeated, both in our time and across history. In Currents 116: Oliver Laric, the artist presents a new sculpture and a recent video work that draw inspiration from and engage with the Museum’s own collection.
Laric identifies historical sculptures with rich histories and replicates them using 3-D technology. For Currents 116, Laric has created a sculpture from a 3-D scan of Reclining Pan, a 16th-century sculpture on view in Gallery 236. By replicating works, Laric destabilizes our ideas of past and present, original and copy, and authentic and inauthentic. He makes these 3-D scan files public and downloadable online, complicating the question of who owns an image and which version of an image is correct.