ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Claudio Parmiggiani - Simon Lee Hong Kong - July 9th - August 29th <p style="text-align: justify;">Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition in Hong Kong by renowned Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani. Associated with the Arte Povera and Conceptual Art movements, Parmiggiani's work resists a firm connection to both. Themes of absence, the inevitable passage of time, fragmentation and ordeal recur throughout his practice and are essential to his oeuvre, as too does his concern with the power of memory, poetic images and shared history. Parmiggiani&rsquo;s practice demonstrates a profound interest in our artistic, historical and moral past. Deeply personal meditations on life and death, the power of reflection and feelings of the sacred are realised in concrete objects, photographic and painted images, and in his signature<em> Delocazioni</em>, made with fire and soot on canvas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At the centre of the exhibition is an assemblage of plaster heads, installed like a mass of remains on the gallery floor. In this work, Parmiggiani engages with classical iconography and fragments of antiquity, using the figures and motifs of an imaginary archaeology to rewrite and evoke the effect of ancient ruins. Another new work consists of paper painted with the constellation of the stars and pierced with a burn. Its materials are charred but memories of their presence remain. Moving between homage, transgression and estrangement, the echo of the ancient world is charged with mystery as the artist gives form to ephemeral notions of time, silence, memory, absence and dreams through sculptural installations, paintings and <em>Delocazioni</em> that resonate with imaginative tension.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Using relics, fire, ashes, pigment, dust, shadow, Parmiggiani&rsquo;s work is exquisitely and brutally material but retains the longing for a transcendent dimension, a desire to render infinities, abstractions and what is burrowed in the world but nameless and without noise. First exhibited in 1970, Parmiggiani&rsquo;s iconic <em>Delocazioni</em> use powder, smoke and fire to make shadows and imprints on paper and board. In order to create his Delocazioni, Parmiggiani builds an installation and sets it on fire through the combustion of tyres. When the objects are removed, what remains are their negative outlines in soot, revealing their trace and memory, silhouettes immortalised using smoke. In this landscape of shadows and light, bodies and objects, the whole universe of life is evoked in absentia.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Claudio Parmiggiani was born in Luzzara, Italy in 1943. His first major exhibition was held at Liberia Feltrinelli, Bologna in 1965. Parmiggiani&rsquo;s work has been widely exhibited in international museums and collections. His work has been shown six times at the Biennale de Venezia (1972, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1995 and 2015). A retrospective of his practice between 1960 and 1995 was held at the Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (1995). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Galleria d&acute;Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna (2003), The Grand Palais, Paris (2005), The Mus&eacute;e des Beaux-arts de Nantes, Nantes (2007), Coll&egrave;ge des Bernardins, Paris (2008), Palazzo del Governatore, Parma (2010) and Fondazione Bernareggi, Bergamo (2014). His work was recently included in the major group exhibition &lsquo;Post Classics: The revival of antiquity in contemporary Italian Art&rsquo;, curated by Vincenzo Trione in the Roman Forum&ndash; Palatine, Rome (2014) and Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel (2013). In June 2015, a permanent installation of his work was unveiled at Villa Medici, Rome.</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:42:11 +0000 Amanda Cheng of Soul House (Paper Art) Design Studio, Jolene Mok, Foon Sham, Yip Kai Chun - Mur Nomade - July 11th - September 19th <p>Hong Kong-based curatorial office and gallery Mur Nomade presents <em>away</em>, an exhibition on the subject of loss and remembrance curated by Yip Kai Chun, opening on July 11<sup>th</sup>, and on view through September 19<sup>th</sup>. This exhibition is the winning project of Mur Nomade&rsquo;s first Open Call for Young Curators.</p> <p>Drawing on his personal experience and following his distinctive curatorial line and interest in mixing disciplines and generations, the young Hong Kong curator presents a group show featuring one of his sound works, a video by Jolene Mok, an installation by sculptor Foon Sham, and traditional paper crafts by Amanda Cheng of Soul House (Paper Art) Design Studio.</p> <p>The exhibited works deal with death, healing and the research of meaning in life. All are means of expression of complex and unspeakable feelings, either in their creation process, or in their presentation and engagement with the audience.</p> <p>In the exhibition, creative disciplines that are usually separated are harmoniously blended together. The blurring of the boundaries of &lsquo;art&rsquo;, the combination of works by emerging and established artists, and the intentional confusion between curating and art making, reveal Yip Kai Chun&rsquo;s singular artistic and curatorial approach and desire to shake conventions: rules are not rejected but cleverly applied in unexpected ways.</p> <p>Although the exhibition brings together emotionally charged artworks, feelings of distress or fear are suggested in a subtle and composed manner. With <em>away</em>, Yip Kai Chun explores an uneasy and unsolvable issue with a though-provoking exhibition inviting visitors to quietude and distance.</p> <p><strong>Curatorial statement:</strong></p> <p>Half a year after my mother died of cancer, I put up an installation titled <em>Incomplete Finale</em> with the audio recordings of her, and invited my family and close friends to see the work. Many of them might have known about my mother&rsquo;s situation, but had never asked about it. I had not talked about it either.</p> <p>To me and perhaps many others, the feelings and emotions triggered by death are largely unspeakable.</p> <p>It is very much the actual death I have experienced &ndash; its unspeakable nature and desolated process &ndash; that drives me to further explore the notion with an exhibition. Death is a permanent loss and termination that defines the very existence of human. Compared to other losses, death is maybe the most traumatising as it reminds us the limit of life.</p> <p>Each work [in the exhibition] is a vessel of emotion and memory, representing an invaluable and irreplaceable relationship with the deceased, venting contemplation of the deceased, death and life. Through the works, the creators presented in the exhibition designed their unique and poetic ways to remember the deceased.</p> <p>Although the works were created with the strong emotions triggered by death, they all show the potentially favourable facets of death &ndash; the relief and rebirth of both the deceased and the alive in different senses. Moving on to the future may only be possible with the remembrance of the past. Likewise, facing death may be essential for living a more purposeful life.</p> <p align="right">Experts from &lsquo;&hellip; <em>you</em> live on in here&rsquo;</p> <p align="right">Yip Kai Chun, June 2015</p> <div> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:31:32 +0000