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3. Ocular Lab
31 Pearson Street

The local focus of the wBST rightly incorporates Ocular Lab inc given its prominence as a site of art production and presentation over the past 13 years – it was a studio for 6 years and has been a project space for the past 7 years.

Situated in a converted corner store the ‘white cube’ presentation space of Ocular Lab provides both a counter and complementary context to the domestic focus of the other wBST sites. This potential is exploited to stage a project focused on reiteration, repetition and exchanges.

Developed by Fiona Abicare and Terri Bird for the wBST this project resituates works by the artists featured in the lounge room at 135 Union Street: Fiona Abicare, Stephan Bram, Nick Mangan, Sally Marsland and Spiros Panigirakis. The duplication of works by the same artists in differing contexts deploys the potential of doubling to activate each context and practice through repetition. The aim is to elicit from the dilemma of relations correspondences and disjunctions between works, between works and their context, and between contexts, accentuating the perpetual dissimilarity of sameness.

Artists working at Ocular Lab include:
Terri Bird with Fiona Abicare
Marcus Bergner
Stephen Bram
Nick Mangan
Sally Marsland
Spiros Panigirakis

Ocular Lab Billboard
An OSW pennant/diagram gradually taken over by Nikos Pantazis and the energies of Nikos’ Rear Entrance.