Demetrius Oliver

b. 1975, Brooklyn, NY

Demetrius Oliver, Aerolite, 2011–2016
digital chromogenic print, 40 x 60 inches
selected work
artist's website


    Demetrius Oliver (born 1975, Brooklyn, NY) received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture also in 2004. Oliver has participated in numerous residencies, including the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2004-2006), The Studio Museum, Harlem (2006), and Light Work (2009). His work has been exhibited widely, with recent solo exhibitions at the Print Center in Philadelphia (2014), D’Amelio Terras in New York (2011 and 2008), Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA (2009), and The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2006). In September 2010 Oliver completed a commission for the High Line in New York, which included a 25 by 75 foot billboard, musical performances, and stargazing. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Art Lies, The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, and The New York Times, among other publications.

Oliver has become known for creating elegant, improvisatory, site-specific installations using photography, sculpture and video to record the act of sidereal observation itself. His work draws heavily on a variety of disparate intellectual interests related to interpreting phenomena, including American transcendentalism, music of the spheres, and the history of cosmology, weaving them into spectacular, cohesive works of self-exploration and expression. Relying on ordinary materials and found imagery, Oliver creates artwork that brings visual form to the processes of exploration and experimentation referencing musical, scientific and literary materials. He lives and works in Harlem, New York City.

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