Critical Writing Index

Everyday Miracles: The Videos of Oliver Herring

by Elisabeth Kley

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, May 2003, v. 25, no. 2, pp. 77-81

While Oliver Herring began working with sculpture in the early 1990s, by 1998 he had transitioned to video and thus began his fascination with moving, silhouetted or shadowed figures. In his early works, Herring employed stop motion, such as in Videosketch #1 (1998). Since then, his work has evolved to include large casts and elaborate sets of cardboard and other props. By 2002, with the work Little Dances of Misfortunes, Herring had begun to explore the possibilities of multi-channel works. Herring's pieces, writes Kley, "both celebrate and transcend the ordinary".

ITEM 2003.157 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Videosketch #5Oliver Herring

Videosketch #1Oliver Herring

Sleepless NightsOliver Herring

Little Dances of MisfortunesOliver Herring