Artist Spotlight: Demetrius Oliver

November 10, 2016

Harmonic Spheres is a video that was done in collaboration with Blanche Bruce [Terry Adkins’ alter ego doppelganger] that depicts the back of a person’s head shrouded in fog. In the video, the camera slowly pans across the head to the accompaniment of an original musical score. The video plays on a monitor that hangs from the ceiling, and was inspired by the Pythagorean theorem Harmony of the Spheres that describes the inaudible sound celestial bodies make as they move throughout the universe.” -Demetrius Oliver

Demetrius Oliver received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions at the Print Center, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; The High Line, Inman Gallery, D’Amelio Terras, and P.S. 1/MoMA. Group exhibitions include Mass MoCA, The Renaissance Society, The Studio Museum of Harlem, Marian Boesky Gallery, Roberts & Tilton, Acme, and Tracy Williams Ltd. 

Oliver’s video collaboration with Blanche Bruce, Harmonic Spheres (2007) is on view in the gallery as part of our current show, Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins.