OXYOPIA – Exhibition by Benjamin Oliver

- October 4th, 2016

May 18, 2014 – July 26, 2014 all-day
The Ashton Memorial Gallery

Lancaster based artist and filmmaker Benjamin Oliver brings you a collection of his latest works under the OXYOPIA banner at the Ashton Memorial Gallery, Lancaster.
In his first ever solo exhibition, Benjamin presents a series of artworks that trace a specific understanding the artist has of oxyopia. Oxyopia is defined as “an extremely heightened acuteness of the eyesight, resulting from increased sensibility of the retina”. Benjamin relates this to an environment where paint combines with light and sound to create a systematically immersive and stimulating experience that promises to capture the imaginations of veteran and budding art lovers alike.
Benjamin Oliver has been an artist all his life. His latest series of paintings embrace highly detailed digital techniques reinventing Victorian style etchings as progressive graphical artworks. Butterflies, insects, animal and human forms are fused together in surprising, playful and surreal landscapes. The Oxyopia installation reflects its opulent surroundings with free hanging paintings framed in faded, Victorian splendour juxtaposed with digital animations and projected graphics that cascade off every wall.
A custom made soundtrack provided by Electronica producer Rob Antony [soundcloud.com/rob-a] completes the effect as deep bass growls and synthesised voice resonate throughout the domed chamber.
With a background firmly rooted in high impact visuals and a combination of traditional and digital media, Benjamin Oliver’s latest exhibition promises to be as grand as its location.
“It is an honour for me to exhibit in this beautiful and iconic building located within a fairy-tale park“.

For a closer look at Benjamin Oliver’s work please visit his website at: oxyopia.co.uk