Oliver Laric (b. 1981 in Innsbruck, Austria) is an artist whose practice is characterised by the manipulation and restructuring of existing media, using YouTube, webchat programs and graphics programs as both the raw material and also method of display for his work.
In works such as 50 50 2008 (2008) Laric harvest and re-edits YouTube posted footage of multiple fan's Karaoke reinterpretations of 50 Cent's rapping, to form one continuous version of the song that cuts from stranger to stranger every few seconds, while their renditions join to create a continuous musical rendition.
Other well-known works include CEO and Versions, the video essay format of which is included in Peer One, and incorporates several of Laric's works around the same idea, including a series of variations on the infamously manipulated missile images recreated as airbrush paintings.
He studied at the Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien. Laric's first solo exhibition in Berlin will take place at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin in March 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include Kopienkritik, Skulpturhalle Basel (2011); Versions, Frieze Art Fair, London (2010); Shanzhai Turbo, Western Front, Vancouver (2010); and Versions, SEVENTEEN Gallery, London (2010). Selected group exhibitions include Momentum – The 6th Nordic Biennial 2011, Moss, Norway (2011); Memery, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2011); A Secret Understanding, Kunsthaus Graz (2009); and Unmonumental, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2008).
Laric is a co-founder of the VVORK platform.