ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Testu Takeda - Art Experience Gallery - May 7th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Exhibition Duration: 7 May 2016 - 11 June 2016<br />Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday I 11am &ndash; 6pm <br />Opening Reception: 7 May 2016 I 3 &ndash; 6pm (*Artist present) <br />*Artist Talk: 7 May 2016 I 4.30pm I Tetsu Takeda x Wong Wing Tong (HK artist) <br />*Special host by Ms. Daisy Chu; <br />*Exhibition music / sound composed by sound artist Nao Sakamoto <br />Venue: Art Experience Gallery <br />&ldquo;The Sound of Nature&rdquo; &ndash; Solo Exhibition by Tetsu Takeda <br /><br />Art Experience Gallery delightfully presents a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Tetsu Takeda, entitled &ldquo;The Sound of Nature&rdquo; - featuring his most recent paintings and sculpture works. It is his first exhibition in Hong Kong.<br /><br /> Lived in New York for more than twenty years and returned to Japan in 2010, shortly followed by the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened in the next year, the accident has made Tetsu rethink about life and our role as human beings interfering with nature. There has been a mist of despair and sorrow for many people in the country, in searching for hope and an exit to tranquility, nature has shown Tetsu a new pathway for his art. <br /><br />Almost as a meditating routine, Tetsu walks along the coast in his currently living small town on a daily basis, he observes and later on starts to collect different rubbish that washed up on the beach. He sees a pleasant beauty of these disposed objects in all kinds of shape and material, and such ingredients seem to have dissolved in his works. Looking at Tetsu&rsquo;s paintings, there is some kind of organized form almost like a pile of stones or a group of living organic objects growing from the bottom, illustrates an abstract landscape of vitality. In some of his works, an image of a scraping black cloud may easily remind viewers of an atomic bomb photograph, it may resembles a tree or a head with an eye-like symbol randomly appear in the image. The artist releases these abstract forms unconsciously in his works, interpreting a portrait of man and nature connect to each other. <br /><br />A unique graffiti brushstroke manifests great emotion of the artist influenced by New York in the 80s, where Tetsu was profoundly inspired by music (hip hop, rap, punk, jazz, etc.), graffiti, and street art at times. His free-flowing expression results a rather dramatic contrast with the poetic imagery. Nature inspired Tetsu to document life around him, his sculpture works made of collected rubbish from the beach shows a desire of restoring our relationship with nature. In his role as an artist, Tetsu relieves the despair around him and releases into peace and well-being in his art, sharing energy with souls who lost their hopes. Regardless his nationality, Tetsu simply responds to the nature as a human being. If nature sends message to humans just like those rubbish washed up on the beach, it might be a wake-up call for mankind: to respect the nature and its materials. In Tetsu&rsquo;s works, he invites us to rethink and reconsider our own acts and conducts towards our environment. <br /><br /><br />About Tetsu Takeda <br /><br />Born in 1961 in Kobe, Japan. Lived aboard in New York for twenty-three years and returned to Japan in 2010. A graduate of Musashino Art University (Department of Art), Tetsu moved to New York two years after his graduation and further studied printmaking at School of Visual Arts in NYC. Tetsu has exhibited in Japan and UK. He has always wanted to become an artist and live abroad since he was a child. <br /><br />New York in the 80s and its culture has great impact on Tetsu&rsquo;s works, in particular he was influenced by music, graffiti and street art at times. It was a prime foundation that made him become a person who can express himself and his art freely. <br /><br />Living in a small town near the sea after his return to Japan in 2010, Tetsu found himself a way to settle down: through nature. By taking a walk to the coast everyday, he has found comfort in the natural environment, and nature has become the main subject of his art. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened in 2011, Tetsu rethinks the relationship between nature and mankind, and starts to make his statement in his paintings and three-dimensional works. The Black Stuff series was created for people who are living in despair after the accident, sharing positive energy and comfort to those who lost their hopes.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 06:33:52 +0000 Lee Rui Xiang - Art Projects Gallery - May 7th 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p>Art Projects Gallery is delighted to present &ldquo;Beautiful Disaster&rdquo;, Singapore artist Lee Ruixiang&rsquo;s debut solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The exhibition showcases his latest works from his &ldquo;It was beautiful while it lasted&rdquo; series. Trained in printmaking, Ruixiang constantly challenges the notion of traditional printmaking with his innovative techniques and in pushing the limits of the materials that he works with.</p> <p>Ruixiang&rsquo;s works go beyond the two-dimensional expression of ink on paper as is typical of traditional printmaking. His works portray a sense of three dimensionality in his assemblage of cutouts and layering of the printed images. This method of composing and juxtaposition of the contents, motifs, and texts imbue Ruixiang&rsquo;s works with a sense of hierarchy, movement and spatiality. Shadows forming along the boundaries of the cutout images blur the outlines and their relationships with the adjacent objects, enhancing the sense of three- dimensionality. This interplay of reimaging three-dimensionality into two and back into three again is a quality that the artist finds conceptually intriguing. To add a sense of touch, the artist also added in hand painted strokes of colors.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Beautiful Disaster&rdquo; exhibition explores themes such as entrapment vs freedom and vulnerability vs love while reimagining the delicate balance between the beautiful and the bizarre in life, in which conditions and roles can interchange in the blink of an eye. He questions &ldquo;Whether the decisions and actions that we make enable life to become more beautiful or is it just another disaster with a beautiful mask over it&rdquo;. Indeed reading into Ruixiang&rsquo;s works is akin to unveiling of layers and layers of masks and meanings that start to unravel as the viewers visually explore the dynamic and intricate details that define the artist&rsquo;s works.</p> <p>Lee Ruixiang graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art Singapore with a Diploma in Fine Art (Printmaking) in 2012. While he has exhibited extensively worldwide in group exhibitions and art fairs since 2011, the exhibition at Art Projects Gallery will be his debut solo exhibition.</p> <p><strong>Artist&rsquo;s Statement </strong></p> <p>My work is an exploration of various themes such as entrapment and freedom from my viewpoint. Employing various media and techniques such as monochrome woodcut printing, paper cutting, colored mixed-media with touches of hand painted strokes and stencils, my creations depict mankind in a unique aesthetic world with sacrilegious references to the story of Pandora&rsquo;s Box.</p> <p>The quest for beauty and perfection inspires us to work towards an objective, however, because due to the greed of society, we become irresistibly enslaved to the quest, where any trace of hope is but a contradiction. It gives the false illusion that one can change an unchangeable and inevitable future that will surely befall into disillusionment.</p> <p>My works aim to challenge the viewers and audience to question about objectives in life and our roles in the society. Whether the decisions and actions that we make enable life to become more beautiful or is it just another disaster with a beautiful mask over it. </p> <p>Although personal and largely autobiographical, these works address universal journeys and experiences, prompting viewers to reflect on the stories that define their own real and imagined lives.</p> <p>The works may be expressive of brutality and animosity, but on the contrary to me, it is about the vulnerability and love between human beings. Amongst chaos, love can torment. My works divulge a fascination with the interchangeability of power, for example, when the bullied becomes the bully. On that note, it reveals the fabrications of the interchangeability, the weaknesses and volatility of the human mind and ego, of which at times would lead to turbulent barbarity. Alas, the artworks capture the irony that unequivocally impresses on our minds; fear is the root cause of aggression that inevitably festers thereby perpetuating a vicious cycle of savagery and capture the zeitgeist of the early 21st century. Though the world has evolved, aggression, oppression, and inequality remain bedfellows in current digital age, only disguised in different forms.</p> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:27:51 +0000 Manon Recordon - Mur Nomade - May 7th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p><em>I was walking through the fields, when suddenly a building sprang from the earth</em> is Manon Recordon&rsquo;s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, part of Le French May arts festival. The exhibition showcases an installation of photographic and video works bringing life to Impressionist paintings and questioning the perception of landscape in the contemporary context of digital modes of representation.</p> <p>Using montages and associations of still and moving images, Recordon juxtaposed Impressionist brushstrokes and pixels of video games, and created an assemblage of different temporal layers. The artist conceived her installation as a d&eacute;cor, with photographic fragments of Claude Monet&rsquo;s <em>Nymph&eacute;a </em>as backdrop and on the floor. She invites the visitor to take a walk through the scattered videos and contrasting images, wishing to involve him or her as an actor of History.</p> <p>The commission of this new work to Manon Recordon was prompted by the preparation of the exhibition <em>Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place</em> by Le French May arts festival at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. With <em>I was walking through the fields, when suddenly a building sprang from the earth</em>, Mur Nomade wishes to offer a complementary perspective to the Monet exhibition with a reading of the artistic languages of the past through the eyes of a contemporary artist and their translations into new modes of expressions.</p> <p>The exhibition is curated by Amandine Hervey</p> <p>Mur Nomade and the artist would like to thank Aurore Blanc of Le French May arts festival for sharing her knowledge, encouraging our ideas, facilitating the development of this project.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:49:44 +0000