Arthur Ou works in photography, painting, sculpture, and installation. He deploys photography within the contexts of these differing elements to elicit questions concerning photographic ontology, perception, and materiality.
He is assistant professor of photography in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design.
He has exhibited internationally, most recently in “Images that Speak” at the Presentation House in Vancouver, Canada, and “Repertory,” in Turin, Italy. His work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Aperture, Blind Spot, Camera Austria, Art in America, and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson).
His work is featured in the new book, The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy (University of Chicago Press, June 2015), by Walter Benn Michaels, and "Photography is Magic," (Aperture, September 2015) by Charlotte Cotton.
He has published critical texts in Aperture, Afterall.org, Artforum.com, Bidoun, Foam, Fantom, Words Without Pictures, and X-Tra. Ou initiated the biennial New School conference, The Photographic Universe, and is the creative director of the film series The Invisible Photograph.