Oliver Tanner’s effortless metal elegance
Invited to participate in the annual Kohler Bold. Art. exhibition travelling throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Oliver Tanner is one of 13 artists from across the region who have created a unique piece of curated art to express their views on multiculturalism.
Oliver Tanner is a sculptor and designer who graduated from the National Art School in Sydney, Australia, where he lives and works. In 2012 he completed a scholarship program at the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School in Sydney.
His practice explores organic forms and shapes through the medium of steel and bronze. Oliver’s sculpture for the Kohler Bold. Art. exhibition incorporates cast bronze to create a unique piece called Interwoven.
This sculpture is a work that symbolically describes the movement, growth and weaving together of societies that are at once independent and interconnected. The work describes the motion of four equal but different elements through space as a representation of multiculturalism in Australia and the interconnected nature of it’s communities.
Oliver benefits from the multicultural environment in Australia and embraces the possibilities to work on projects internationally. He has enjoyed producing his work of art to contribute to the Kohler Bold. Art. exhibition which may reach our shores later this year / early 2018.
Kohler Co has brought its passion for the arts to our local region with the KOHLER Bold. Art. Exhibition – a visual feast of works from artists throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Having invested in the recognition of both established and emerging artists for more than 40 years – in particular with its own residency programme in Wisconsin that has so far hosted more than 500 artists – Kohler has chosen to highlight the wealth of artistic talent in our own Asia Pacific region with the KOHLER Bold. Art. Exhibition. This year’s theme is Multiculturalism.
About the Multiculturalism theme
In the digitally connected world, people migrate, live in foreign countries and cultures, merge and demerge. Cultural and ethical boundaries dissolve, merge or pull apart to create a multicultural hot pot.
The travelling art exhibition, showcasing work from 13 artists across the region, opened in Shanghai and from there moved to Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore and the Philippines. It is set to open in Taiwan on Tuesday, April 25.
These unique pieces of art, curated especially for this exhibition, reflect multicultural trends influencing daily lives and society in thought-provoking ways over the whole spectrum.
Australian artist features at Bold. Art.
Australia’s Oliver Tanner, artist and designer, is a graduate of Sydney’s National Art School and was chosen as our home-grown talent, showcasing his artwork at the Taiwan event. His sculpture “Interwoven” is a representation of multiculturalism in Australia and the interconnected nature of its communities.
Oliver Tanner from Sydney
Artists from China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates express their views and feelings about multiculturalism through their artwork.
Bold. Art. Shanghai exhibition earlier this year.
Watch this space for more on Bold. Art.
Last month a special Kohler and the Arts Bold. Art. exhibition featuring a collaboration of the six rising artists from six countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines, was held in Bangkok.
At Kohler Co. our artistic roots run deep. In 1974, the world renowned Artists-in- residence program was introduced at Kohler’s head office in Wisconsin, to support aspiring artists in the US. Over 40 years later, more than 500 residencies have participated in this program creating a stunning range of unique one-of-a-kind artistic pieces for the bathroom.
One of the most popular Artist Edition collections in Australia and New Zealand is the Empress Bouquet. The collection includes the Conical Bell Vessel, a rectangular undercounter and an oval undercounter.
An artist working on an Artist Edition basin during his residency at Kohler, Wisconsin.
Passing the artistic tradition to Asia, the equivalent of this Artists program debuted in China in 2010 with a program titled “Bold. Art.”
Following the success in China, the program was later extended to include Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea during 2013-2014. Participating artists were invited to create artistic pieces from similar materials used to produce Kohler’s products under the theme “Asian Contemporary Art: Rooted in the Past, Looking into the Future”.
An artist-in-residence at Kohler’s Southeast Asia Artist Residency Program.
Artists in residence as part of the Southeast Asia Bold. Art. collaboration.
Kohler Co’s president and CEO Mr David Kohler attended the opening ceremony. In addition, a special showcase of exclusive items from the Artist Editions collection, an elegant and elaborately designed product line that was first introduced by Kohler Co. in 1985, was also on display.
KOHLER Co. Bold. Art. exhibition in Bangkok. Left – Peter Oesch (Director Marketing Communications APAC)
Right – David Kohler, President and CEO, Kohler Co.
KOHLER Bold. Art. exhibition in Bangkok