Oliver likes to combine low-tech with high-tech processes. In this artwork - which he describes as "collage part lithograph and photo etching" - the organic splashes stand out against the minute and barely visible coordinates of longitude and latitude contained within the graph paper. Here he alludes to the paradox that the sophisticated technology that produces this data can never tell us exactly where we are as it is forever progressing towards infinity and therefore the information it gives us is as random and arbitrary as the splatters of paint.
Oliver Reed describes his practice as always on the cusp, hovering between two states. And here it is, balanced between the formidably vast and the infinitely small, a fitting metaphor for the sublime of our age.
Oliver Reed was born in Beverley, East Yorkshire, England. Having studied for his Foundation Diploma at Leeds College of Art and Fine Art Degree at Hull College of Art, graduating in 1993 he then moved to Edinburgh, Scotland and studied for his Master’s of Fine Art Degree at Edinburgh College of Art, (ECA) graduating in 1999 where he continues to teach.
In 2011 Oliver co-founder ‘Allanbank Arts’ an Arts Centre in the Scottish Borders delivering a range of visual art courses, offering artists mentoring sessions and CPD courses to primary and secondary school teachers.
Art in Healthcare's blog entry about Oliver Reed