Oliver Binnian is an artist whose practice explores ideas around contemporary versions of the sublime, he acts as a mediator between the real world and the digital world. The idea that in absence, presence becomes more potent is a key theme. In absence, the satisfaction of being somewhere is taken away and replaced by a desire and a longing, resulting in a lasting palinopsia. These desires can be partly appeased by digital simulacra such as Google Earth. In these hyperreal worlds, where you can see everything but experience nothing, there is great power in being able to instantly see images from virtually anywhere in the world.
Oliver Binnian was born in Warrington (1987) and lives and works in Manchester. Having studied Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art and Illustration at London College of Communication he completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in 2015. His work has been included in group shows at South Kiosk in 2016 (Eminent Domain) in Berlin at Bootsbau Gallery in 2014 (Brave New World) and in Ithaca, Greece in 2015 (Anonymous Materials). He was awarded the Augustus Martin Print Award and the Peter Gordon Pickard Travel Bursary whilst at the RCA.