Oliver Beer

Human voices and other sounds struggle to overcome this cluttered and aesthetically-driven exhibiton

By Chris Fite-Wassilak

Oliver Beer, Silence is Golden, 2013, 24K gold, lead crystal, paper. © the artist. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, Paris & Salzburg Oliver Beer, Composition for London, 2017 (installation view). Photo: Steve White. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, Paris & Salzburg

Ikon, Birmingham 15 March – 4 June Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London 28 April – 29 July An ominous swelling of voices draws you down the bright, formal corridor. Four men stand facing into the corners under and opposite a central stairway, as if they’re being punished for misbehaving. But they’re singing: steady tones, occasionally rising, echoing and merging to the point where it starts to make your head swell a bit. A shiny copper etching informs us this grandiose performance is…

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