ArtSlant - Closing soon http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/show en-us 40 Rita Magalhaes - ARANAPOVEDA Galeria - June 1st, 2013 - July 25th, 2013 <p><strong>Rita Magalhaes</strong> (Oporto, 1974). Recientemente ha tenido exposiciones individuales las galerías Fúcares (Madrid), Pedro Cera (Lisboa), Vilaseco-Hauser (La Coruña)y Pedro Oliveira (Oporto), ademas de participar en diversas y numerosas muestras colectivas entre las que cabe destacar Resonancia Visual comisariada por David Barro en el Museo MACUF (A Coruña), ColecciónBanco Espirito Santo, (Lisboa), Centro Helio Oiticica de (Rio de Janeiro).Ha participado en ferias internacionales en ArtBasel (Art33), ARCO Madrid y MadridFoto, entre otras muchas. Cuenta con obra en colecciones públicas y privadas como Fundacion EDP (Lisboa), CAC (Malaga), CGAC (Santiago de Compostela) , Colección BesArt de Lisboa, DA2 (Salamanca) , Fundación CalousteGulbekian(Lisboa) , Fundacion COFF (San Sebastian), FundacionFotoColectania (Barcelona), MEIAC (Badajoz) , Fundación Carmona e Costa (Lisboa).</p> <p><strong>“Mise en Scène” en ARANAPOVEDAes su primera exposición individual en la galería y la primera vez que su obra se muestra en Madrid dentro del Festival PHOTOESPAÑA en colaboración con la galería Vilaseco-Hauser.</strong></p> <p></p> <p><strong>Fuente de la mirada pura </strong></p> <p>La mirada de Rita es como la de Ulises.Es una mirada que vuelve sin cesar, y que vuelve a sí misma como fuente de toda la mirada que fue, que es y que será. Intenta reconocer lo que apenas se había adivinado, tal vez una sola vez, o que incluso tan solo se imaginó.Lo que se deseó ver. Esa mirada también es la de la pintura. La mirada misteriosa que crea mundos, que desvela, dibuja, borra, reinventa su propio mundo, no tanto tal y como es, sino como podría ser. Así, ésta mirada va recorriendo el mundo.Va mirando a su alrededor, curiosa como la mirada de un niño, buscando en cada elemento su indicio más secreto, la puerta que a pocos se entreabre, el aviso de que algo se aproxima y se divisa a lo lejos, tierno y violento a la vez, como lo que vislumbran los párpados al abrirse poco a poco después del sueño, o incluso antes de despertarse. Pero también mira algo que nunca se podrá captar, puesto que si captado quedase para siempre, de igual modo se perdería.</p> <p>Toda una mirada nacida en medio del silencio, como corresponde a la mirada propia de la contemplación, distraída a la par que atenta, curiosa e indiferente, interna y externa cual finísima película entre ambos. Lo que ella capta, por lo tanto, no son las cosas tal y como las vemos sino tal y como son antes y después de que ya sean o de que hayan sido, lo que queda en el medio, y las sorprende por el camino que las lleva a convertirse en lo que van a ser. Una mirada así casi no se ve.Va pasando con sigilo entre las cosas, y en ellas apenas se deposita, casi ni las toca, apenas notan su presencia y asombra, la vuelve táctil, visible, bajo una luz difusa que revela tanto como esconde. Una mirada así devuelve a las cosas su misterio, no queriéndolas dibujadas y nítidas, o abstractas, sino llenas de simbolismo y distancia, operando como agentes de metamorfosis.</p> <p>Es la mirada que revela.Es la mirada de la hechicera, la mirada que vuelve al punto de partida – dijo – y que vuelve a sí misma, porque donde quiera que se pose, abre una patria.La patria inesperada donde se alojala fuente de la mirada pura.</p> <p><br /> Bernardo Pinto de Almeida</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 02:45:30 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Tatiana Mesa - Nogueras Blanchard Barcelona - June 27th, 2013 - July 25th, 2013 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:52:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Cedric Tai - CCA - Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow) - July 6th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p><em>Indirectly, Yours</em> is a painting show turned into a single installation. The paintings by Tai are interventions of the actual palettes of other local painters to create a sort of portrait of that particular painter's work and personality. To tease out the language of each artist is to embody their mindset and focus and to go back to consider the dried paint anew is to see a compression of all of the paintings that also could have existed.</p> <p>The final installation is determined by John Nicol who has also been given complete creative control over the objects, which can be altered in any way he likes. John was chosen as his installations and sculptural works focus on preciousness as a problem and he responds to it in a playful way. His past works have tended to involve found objects and commonplace materials, where this show will push his sensibilities when deconstructing another person's work in a completely different vein of intuition.</p> <p><em>Indirectly, Yours</em> will be the first part of a joint curatorial project that will culminate with an exhibition in the summer of 2015, where John Nicol and Cedric Tai plan to bring the work of Glasgow-based artists to Detroit, Michigan for the first time.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:31:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Ašot Haas - Dvorak Sec Contemporary - June 5th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p>Dvorak Sec Contemporary is pleased to announce the launch of its solo exhibition of young Slovak artist A&scaron;ot Haas (1981), showing in Prague for the first time. A&scaron;ot Haas often works with the concept of optical illusion of objects giving the viewer a number of diverse ideas and encourages mutual communication. His works are unique in form, content and manner in which the boundaries of reality rather change the viewer's world.</p> <p>On his solo exhibition A&scaron;ot Haas showcases his original effective light objects made of glass and plastic that create a game of illusion and takes the viewer into the virtual world of different colors and shapes. A&scaron;ot Haas is fascinated by geometry; the play with shapes, colors, light, high-tech and cybernetics. The exhibition offers viewers not only the artist's luminous objects in three-dimensional scale, but also monumental paintings depicting enlarged details of imperfections in the virtual world. The viewer can enter into his works not only mentally, but physically, allowing them to transform. Through his works, the artist creates a new atmosphere, which changes every moment. A&scaron;ot Haas confronts the viewer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:25:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Albert Oehlen - Gagosian Gallery - Geneva - May 23rd, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p><em>I have maybe two or three things on my mind, and some might be impossible. Some might be in contradiction to other orders, but I will still try them.</em></p> <p>--Albert Oehlen</p> <p>Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present recent work by Albert Oehlen.</p> <p><strong>Albert Oehlen</strong> was born in 1954 in Krefeld, Germany and studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst. From 2000-09 he was a professor of painting at the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf. Recent solo exhibitions include Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg (2002); "I know whom you showed last summer," Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2005); "Réalité abstraite," Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris (2009); "Albert Oehlen-Werke aus der Sammlung," Räume für Kunst (2010); Carré d'Art-Musée d'art contemporain de Nimes (2011); and "Painting from the Zabludowicz Collection: Albert Oehlen," Zabludowicz Collection, London (2013). His work will be included in the 2013 Venice Bienalle, and a major solo exhibition will open later this year at the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna.</p> <p></p> <p>----------</p> <p> </p> <p><em>J'ai peut-être deux ou trois choses à l'esprit et certaines peuvent être impossibles. Certaines peuvent être en contradiction à d'autres mais je les essaierai quand même.</em></p> <p>--Albert Oehlen</p> <p>Gagosian Gallery est heureuse de présenter des œuvres récentes d'Albert Oehlen.</p> <p><strong>Albert Oehlen</strong> est né à Krefeld en Allemagne et a étudié à la Hochschule für Bildende Kunst. De 2000 à 2009 il a été professeur de peinture à la Kunstakademie de Düsseldorf. Ses expositions individuelles récentes comprennent notamment le Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg (2002); «I know whom you showed last summer,» Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2005); «Réalité abstraite,» Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris (2009); «Albert Oehlen-Werke aus der Sammlung,» Räume für Kunst (2010); Carré d'Art-Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes (2011); et «Painting from the Zabludowicz Collection: Albert Oehlen,» Zabludowicz Collection, Londres (2013). Son travail sera inclus à la Biennale de Venise 2013 et une exposition individuelle majeure ouvrira également cette année au Museum Moderner Kunst de Vienne.</p> <p> </p> Sat, 04 May 2013 03:36:30 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Thomas Houseago - Gagosian Gallery - Rome - June 4th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p><em>I am fascinated by the act--whatever form it takes--of making art. And in a broad sense, by how an artist responds to the world and the action that occurs from that interaction...I wanted to get rid of the readymade and figure out what I looked like and how I reacted to the world.</em></p> <p>--Thomas Houseago</p> <p>Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present "Roman Figures," an exhibition of new sculpture by Thomas Houseago.</p> <p>Engaging in a continuous dialogue with the past, Houseago retraces the history of figurative sculpture through the conditions of his own time. Drawing upon mythology, African tribal art, cartoon imagery, Italian Mannerism, science fiction, and robots, he wrests new vitality from the classical figure. Houseago's giants have iron rebar skeletons and are made from plaster, hemp, and wood. Rough from jigsaw cuts and incorporating drawn parts, these visceral figures are distinctly postmodern in that they retrofit ancient and modern art history to the terms of popular culture and the traumatic realities of everyday life.</p> <p>"Roman Figures" presents the large-scale sculpture <em>Reclining Figure (For Rome)</em> together with seven sculpted masks and <em>Untitled (Walking Boy on Plinth)</em> (all works 2013). The <em>Roman Masks</em> build upon the Western modernist fascination with spiritually charged tribal objects from Africa and the South Pacific. Crafted from clay, cast into plaster, and reinforced with iron armatures, the linear yet highly expressive skull-like reliefs, in which sculptural mass is imbued with the momentous quality of painting, provide startling new interpretations of the transhistorical, transcultural genre of <em>vanitas</em> or mortuary art.</p> <p><em>Reclining Figure (For Rome)</em> is cast in plaster and hemp from a clay form, and supported by a framework of partially exposed rebar. The headless body rests prone on a plywood plinth, its surface roughly smeared by hand, recalling the fragmented yet revered relics of antiquity where the majesty of sculptural form has been subjected to the vicissitudes of time's passage.</p> <p><strong>Thomas Houseago</strong> was born in 1972 in Leeds, England. He studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art, London and De Ateliers, Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include the "The Artist's Museum," MOCA, Los Angeles (2010); "What Went Down," Modern Art Oxford (2010, traveled to Ashmolean Museum, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and Centre International d'Art et du Paysage de l'Ile de Vassivière, through 2011); "The Beat of the Show," Inverlieth House, Edinburgh (2011); "The World Belongs to You," Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2011); and "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Thomas Houseago: Hermaphrodite," Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich (2012). His work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. In January 2013, the Dijon art center Le Consortium installed a selection of Houseago's sculptures around the streets of Aix-en-Provence, France. A major solo exhibition, "As I Went Out One Morning," is on view through November 11 at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York, and "Thomas Houseago: Striding Figure/Standing Figure" will be on view at Galleria Borghese, Rome from May 26 through July 7, 2013.    </p> <p> </p> <p>Houseago lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> <p>  </p> <p> </p> <p><em>Sono affascinato dall'atto--qualunque forma abbia--del produrre arte. E, in un senso più ampio, da come un artista interagisca con il mondo e dall'azione che scaturisce da questa interazione...Volevo liberarmi del readymade e capire come io mi mostrassi e reagissi al mondo. </em></p> <p>--Thomas Houseago</p> <p> </p> <p>Gagosian Gallery è lieta di presentare "Roman Figures," una mostra di nuove sculture di Thomas Houseago.</p> <p>Il tratto peculiare del lavoro di Thomas Houseago è il dialogo continuo che le sue opere intraprendono con il passato-dal quale partono per ripercorrere il lungo percorso storico-artistico della scultura--e con il presente-che interpretano in maniera creativa tramite contaminazioni e influssi diversi tra loro (mitologia, Arte Africana tribale, cartoni animati, Manierismo Italiano, fantascienza e robots). Houseago crea, con materiali semplici quali il gesso, la canapa, il ferro e il legno, delle figure complesse, le quali, sorrette da scheletri di tondini di ferro, coniugano una spiccata materialità e tridimensionalità--arti grezzi e mastodontici, tagliati con il seghetto--con la leggerezza del segno e della pittura a mano libera. Chiaramente postmoderne nel modo in cui rivisitano la storia dell'arte in termini della cultura popolare, le figure viscerali di Houseago incarnano l'estetica e le reazioni del corpo alle realtà traumatiche della vita contemporanea.</p> <p>La mostra "Roman Figures" presenta la scultura monumentale, <em>Reclining Figure (For Rome)</em> insieme a sette maschere scolpite e alla scultura <em>Untitled (Walking Boy on Plinth)</em> (tutte del 2013). Le <em>Roman Masks </em> coniugano il fascino modernista occidentale con la carica spirituale di oggetti tribali dell'Africa e del Sud Pacifico. Realizzate in gesso da un calco di argilla e rinforzate con armature in ferro, le maschere lineari, simili a teschi ma comunque altamente espressive, e nelle quali la massa scolpita è impregnata della notevole qualità della pittura, provocano nuove e sorprendenti interpretazioni del genere trans-storico e transculturale della Vanitas o della Mortuary Art.</p> <p><em>Reclining Figure (For Rome)</em> è realizzata, da un calco di argilla, in gesso e canapa e sostenuta da una struttura di tondini di ferro parzialmente a vista. Il corpo acefalo e prono poggia su un basamento di compensato, con una superficie rozzamente spalmata a mano. L'opera è una reminiscenza di reliquie dei tempi antichi, frammentate ma comunque venerate, dove la maestà della forma scultorea è stata sottoposta alle vicissitudini dello scorrere del tempo.</p> <p><strong>Thomas Houseago</strong> (nato nel 1972 a Leeds, Inghilterra), ha frequentato il Saint Martins College of Art, Londra e il De Ateliers, Amsterdam. Tra le sue recenti esibizioni si annoverano: "The Artist's Museum," MOCA, Los Angeles (2010); "What Went Down," Modern Art Oxford (2010)--mostra itinerante Ashmolean Museum, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, e Centre International d'Art et du Paysage de l'Ile de Vassivière (2011)--"The Beat of the Show," Inverlieth House, Edimburgo (2011); "The World Belongs to You," Palazzo Grassi, Venezia (2011); "Where the Wild Things Are" e "Thomas Houseago: Hermaphrodite," Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich (2012). Il suo lavoro è stato incluso nella Biennale del Whitney Museum del 2010. A gennaio 2013, the Dijon Art Center Le Consortium ha installato una selezione di sculture di Thomas Houseago per le strade di Aix-en-Provence, Francia. La più importante mostra personale dell'artista, "As I Went Out One Morning," ha aperto a maggio 2013 allo Storm King Art Center a Mountainville, New York. Il 26 maggio 2013 inaugura alla Galleria Borghese a Roma la mostra "Thomas Houseago: Striding Figure/Standing Figure" che aperta fino al 7 luglio 2013.</p> <p>Houseago vive e lavora a Los Angeles. </p> <p> </p> Wed, 22 May 2013 09:33:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Vincent Debanne - Galería Cero - June 4th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p></p> <p>El proceso de elaboración de mis imágenes es largo en el tiempo debido a que todos mis trabajos están construidos con programas informáticos, editando por acumulación, empíricamente y por el método de la exageración, respetando al máximo la transcripción de los lugares que, a menudo, utilizo como recurso o dispositivo: centros de negocios, centros comerciales, fábricas, lugares de trabajo o de ocio, centros de poder, incluso hechos sociales que he venido observando.</p> <p>Mis imágenes se articulan uniendo varias temporalidades, usando efectos anacrónicos y trabajando entre lo estético y lo político. En mi trabajo fotográfico, las referencias a la historia de la pintura se convierten en mis instrumentos de parodia: el juego es la descripción "de lo contemporáneo".<br /> El uso de una iconografía pasada (matriz de mis imágenes), como propaganda y pintura histórica, me permite renovar la descripción de nuestra realidad y revelar su arcaísmo <span style="font-size: 8px;">(1)</span>.</p> <p><br /> <span style="font-size: 10px;"> <span style="font-size: 8px;">  (1)</span><em> “La  contemporaneidad se inscribe en el presente marcándose sobre todo lo arcaico. Sólo aquél, que percibe los indicios y las firmas de lo arcaico en  lo más moderno y lo más reciente, puede ser contemporáneo.”</em><br /> Giogio Agamben, <em>What is an Apparatus and Other Essays</em>, Standford University Press. Essay <em>What is the Contemporary</em>, chap. 6, p. 50.</span></p> <p></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:20:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Vincenzo Castella - Galeria Fúcares (Madrid) - May 25th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p>About The Renaissance Series.</p> <p>What I cherish the most about Photography is its empiric/investigative/dubitative character. It's as if it were an extraordinary device that enables you to imagine or glimpse the often elusive profile of reality.</p> <p>Assertive is only the certainty that reality itself includes a large percentage of invisible elements as well.</p> <p>There are no stories to be told but, maybe, discourses to be structured.</p> <p>Therefore, the position of my camera is always: ordinary, shared, mediated, inclusive and often, well visible.</p> <p>In this project about the Sacred Renaissance in Italy, I've been aiming at an equidistant point among sculpture, painting and dust.</p> <p>Vincenzo Castella<br /> Milano, 28-01-2013</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 08:58:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - Moscow Museum of Modern Art [10 Gogolevsky] - June 25th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p>The third installment in the MIFF Media Forum <em>Expanded Cinema</em> series —<em> Mocumentary: Reality Is Not Enough</em> presents the cutting-edge selection of contemporary art works in the genre formed in-between cinema, video and media art. The exposition curated by Olga Shishko (art director of the MIFF Moscow Media Forum) is compiled of the masterpieces of the modern artists from Russia and abroad, utilizing pseudo documentary and mocumentary strategies in their creative practices. <em>Mocumentary: Reality Is Not Enough</em> poses the question of blurred borders between fiction and reality in the era of media addiction, infoglut and uncritical consumption of data and images.</p> <p>     Mocumentary, a genre long-established and well-known to the audience, gathers significant attention among contemporary artists as an active critical strategy. It first appeared in cinema more than 50 years ago as a complete fiction made in accordance to the documentary rules and complies with the parameters of the quality historical evidence. Just as a well-made documentary film, a mocumentary contains a story supported by facts, witness interviews, play-by-play recordings, material evidence and expert opinions. But in contrast to the qualitative documentary study, mocumentary replaces all the elements of the narrative with false or parody to create a comic effect and becomes a false story from the beginning to the end — events that never happened, fraudulent facts, fake experts and counterfeit records.<em> </em></p> <p><em>     Mocumentary: Reality Is Not Enough</em> focuses on the application of the mocumentary practices both as a creative technique and as tool to make an artistic statement. In contemporary art this genre provides an opportunity to question the truth behind the visible and the transmitted and to deconstruct established historical paradigms. With the help of fakes and simulations modern artists play out the wide-spread myths, false stereotypes and generally accepted facts. The main goal of the experiment is the audience self-criticizing, propaganda and disinformation in media, the niceties of the social contract and painful historical experience.</p> <p>     All the artists presented at the <em>Mocumentary: Reality Is Not Enough </em>exhibition work with imperceptible transition from reality to its distorted reflection in the age of television boom, media consumption, and the growing passivity of the audience in fact analysis. They represent a critical overview and an active political position, creating the new legends by means of video, editing, special effects, and dramatizations. And they can turn all the tricks of the documentary into a no-lose weapon of art play for rewriting history, exposing the complexes and defining pain thresholds of individuals, society, eras and nations. <em>Mocumentary: Reality Is Not Enough</em> displays the cutting-edge contemporary art research in the man's place in history, the substitution of reality by skillfully crafted illusions and the boundaries between the historical and political statement.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:51:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Weegee - Presentation House Gallery - June 14th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p><em>Strangelove’s Weegee</em> is an exhibition of photographs by American tabloid photographer, Weegee, taken on the set of <em>Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb</em>. The exhibition also includes publicity stills, posters, lobby cards and other material related to the film. The exhibition explores Weegee’s tabloid aesthetics and Kubrick’s interest in them. Among the photographs taken by Weegee on the film set are fight scenes in the War Room, including the famous pie fight cut by Kubrick from the final version of the film. Curated by John O’Brian.</p> Sat, 25 May 2013 00:40:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Zhang Yaxin - Presentation House Gallery - June 14th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p><em>Model Opera </em>features a suite of images by Chinese photographer Zhang Yaxin that vividly record the actors and scenery of the Communist Party-sanctioned “model operas” staged during the latter part of the Cultural Revolution. Yaxin, who also served as chief photographer of the Communist Party leaders, devoted eight years of his life to photographing the operas, which assembled China’s best playwrights and performers. His photographs were disseminated extensively within China on posters, stamps and craftworks. Facilitated by Helga Pakasaar.</p> Sat, 25 May 2013 00:44:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Jiha Moon - SCAD Gallery 1600 - June 10th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p>"All Kinds of Everything" features mixed-media works by Atlanta, Georgia-based artist Jiha Moon. These works were created during and after her residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Moon&rsquo;s vibrant and dense works are teeming with formal and conceptual elements such as bold color combinations, visual references to Eastern and Western culture, and an engagement with "high" and "low" forms of art. Provocative and playful, Moon&rsquo;s collaged compositions embrace "all kinds of everything," from painted landscapes sprinkled with stickers to glittery pop culture emblems, and encourage multiple interpretations.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 02:31:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Chun Kwang Young - Art Plural Gallery - May 29th, 2013 - July 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Plural Gallery is pleased to present <em>Assemblage,</em> a solo exhibition of Korean artist <strong>Chun Kwang Young</strong>. Featuring 22 of his latest works, the exhibition will run from <strong>29 May to 27 July 2013</strong>. <br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Chun Kwang Young has spent his career seeking the individuality of a style that allows him to express the dualities indigenous to his work. Beginning the long journey into Abstract Expressionism in the 1970s, a move to America spurred him to embrace a direction that could freely express the divide he encountered between promises and reality. From there, Chun sought a personal language and a strong voice that would allow him to incorporate influences from his homeland. A seminal moment came in 1995, when Chun began to create structural works of art made of the assemblage of hundreds of polystyrene foam triangles wrapped in Korean mulberry paper. Known as <em>hanji,</em> the paper is deeply rooted in Korean tradition and was at one time a ubiquitous household material, as well as a means of wrapping various objects such as medicine and food. <br /><br />In the words of the artist, “<em>I think the thing I first saw [as a child] was my mother’s face, and then there was mulberry paper. This paper is not just for writing and drawing, but is like the spirit and soul of Koreans.”</em></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 08:38:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Wang Tianxuan - ART SEASONS Singapore - July 11th, 2013 - July 27th, 2013 <p>The name of the exhibition stems from Zhuangzi’s leisurely travels (Xiao yaoyou). Zhuangzi says that the book Qi Xie records the weird and eccentric. Therefore those who find fun in hills and mountains bestow their sentiments upon the landscape, and seek pleasure in it. The Chinese has a special preference to hills and rivers. To entrust your feelings to the hills and rivers is to be immersed in nature. In other word, for each Chinese intellectual, there lives in the bottom of his heart unique rivers and hills.</p> <p>In this series, Wang intends to express is unnamed sentiments by depicting the hills and rivers in his own heart and imagination. To put it another way, the curious hills and landscapes on the canvas are the broad reflection of his frame of mind, solitude and memories, while the details and bizarre life forms on the painting an emblem of the sense of absurdity at the bottom of the artist’s heart.  Is existence vain? Does it mean anything? Is our sense of existence enshrined in the long river of time and in the lofty tower built of experiences and memories? Or is the human race fleeing towards an unknown imagined future world? And is the price of escape the abandonment of the current world? Or maybe the erudite you believe that Wang has strayed from the point? However, the questions above are the rudimentary reasons for is work “mountain Lore.” Strange life forms live in dark and high mountains. They live incommunicado and relate a fairytale attributable to no age, no race and no nation. They live happily and lonely because they reside in his dreams.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 04:57:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Joshua Jensen-Nagle - Bau-Xi Gallery - Vancouver - July 13th, 2013 - July 27th, 2013 <p>Joshua Jensen-Nagle's new series Summer Seduction depicts bathers and sun worshipping beach goers in a soft dreamlike state, a technique that he has mastered over his career. The hazy coloured leisure settings portrayed in Jensen-Nagle’s new pieces bestow an instant feeling of serenity to the viewer. He states that his inspiration comes from the need to escape contemporary life or “the mundane day-to-day tasks we all struggle through so we can eventually leave it behind for a few weeks and stare off into the deep blue.” Jensen-Nagle explains that even though many of these beaches are often crowded, hot and difficult to get to, the eventual reward of basking in the salt and sun is worth the effort. “It is a necessity to rejuvenate our mind and body with such rituals and this series explores such a practice.” Jensen-Nagle’s images trigger for the viewer a distant memory, blurred by the possibility that it was never experienced at all. Perhaps it is a memory of a place where time has no meaning and waking from dreaming is not a consideration.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:56:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Gordon Wiens - Bau-Xi Gallery - Vancouver - July 13th, 2013 - July 27th, 2013 <p>Gordon Wiens’ Form and Formlessness provides an alternative to the intense experience of modern day living through its subdued colour palette, textural elements and ordered forms. “I offer my current paintings as objects for self-immersion - quiet spaces for contemplation and the opportunity to find balance and perspective.”<br />The viewer recognizes the geometric strips layered upon one another, iconic of Wiens’ style, however in this latest series, flecks of bright pink and fresh greens emerge through the many bands of whites and greys. The process is both intricate and highly detailed, with careful attention paid to where each form is placed, yet it is also a meditative and tranquil one, describes Wiens.<br />“I am inspired by the processes of nature more than nature itself. It is the essence of this that is evident in my work, visible in the co-existence of form and formlessness in each piece.”</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:56:54 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list