ART ASIA Presents: Fang Li Jun - Mu Ban Shui Yin
Co-produced by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts (New York, NY, USA) and PACE Prints (New York, NY, USA)
Artist: Fang Li Jun
Fang Lijun was one of the leaders of the Cynical Realist movement of the early 1990's. His muted, solemn scenes and self-portraits have become some of the most iconic images of Contemporary Chinese art and are still found relevant today. Well versed in painting, sculpture and installation, Fang Lijun is most noted for his powerful and innovative woodcuts. Co-opting this typical Social Realist technique, Lijun composes large, bold images consisting of several values or colors often printing the scene over a series of adjoining hanging scrolls.
The special exhibit at Art Asia will be a premier of selected, new woodcuts never before seen outside of the artist's studio. These wood cuts are of a technique called mu·ban·shui·yin. This technique has been described as a blending of traditional woodcut and lithography and is greatly respected as a perfect culmination of an artist’s sculptural, painting and printing talents. Editions are being co-produced by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and PACE Prints.
ART ASIA PRESENTS: One Thousand and One Nights
Curated by Galerie Kashya Hildebrand (Zurich, Switzerland)
Artist: Abdallah Akar
Tunisian artist Abdallah Akar’s installation One Thousand and One Nights was inspired not only by the collection of folk tales by the same name but also by the recent events of the Arab Spring. For Akar, the common element found in the ancient stories and the unfolding of current events is the idea of destiny which manifests itself through the stories as an anomaly. Connecting this to the contemporary moment, Akar has been inspired by the revolution and changes that have continued as though it is indeed destiny. The power of this moment will be recounted as a new tale to future generations as the dawn of a new era. This installation celebrates the development of these revolutionary events, including the recent democratic elections held in Tunisia, as yet another stage and another story. The combination of transparency and vibrant colors in the work becomes a metaphor to express the optimism Akar feels as a result of the uprising and the hope for future transparency in government and life for those who are living in the Middle East.
ART ASIA PRESENTS: Emerging Voices from Iran and the Iranian Diaspora
Curated by Galerie Kashiya Hildebrand (Zurich, Switzerland)
Artists: Soody Sharifi | Hadieh Shafie | Aghighi Bakhshayeshi | Maryam Ashkanian | Asad Faulwell | Sissi Farassat
Emerging Voices will present artists working on both sides of Iran’s borders; it will deliver rare and unexpected insights into the artistic energy of a culture that is constantly evolving and adapting both within and outside of the country. Bringing these works together will create a dialogue between the different ways these artists address some fundamental themes of society, popular culture and religion. For those artists living in exile, there is often a sense of belonging neither here nor there which provides a sense of detachment as well as engagement. The artists living within Iran, however, face restrictions on their freedom of expression, and translate their energy into artworks that often focus on issues relating to their everyday life. What makes all the selected artists important is that their practices go beyond the realm of mere depiction; they provide viewers with tangible, sensual experiences that invite them into various modes of being that would otherwise be inaccessible.
ART ASIA PRESENTS: Sculpture Project - Journey Home
Curated by Hat Art Fruit (Istanbul, Turkey)
Artist: Yigit Yazici
this train will lead us home
this train is our inner journey
from forgetting to remembering
from remembering to forgetting
from farewells to reunifications
from unifications to farewells
this train follows circles
circles of our life
we are in the center
deep seated as a tree
and lifetrain goes around us
in circles from adventure to adventure
... to proceed on one’s journey ...
Remembering who you are, giving meaning to life, then forgetting again, but still proceeding on your own journey.
Train symbolizes my life, passing through colors, shapes and concepts.
Beginnings, endings and in the middle of all that ‘’ I AM’'
I AM, who is the seer, giver of meanings, interpreter, I include or exclude and proceed on my journey as a train, with courage and faith without giving up. I see images coming up to me in this world of creation. I select among them and
pass by to follow on my path.
On one hand I know… I could have found different symbols to say that…train is only an object, it exists because I decided so by choosing it as a representation, I gave it a meaning.
Train becomes a 3 dimensional being outside of the painting
Imposing, metallic and coming from the memories...
A dense curiosity within me: what if the train in my painting comes to life and flies out of it to our reality…? How would it look like? What kind of perception would this create in me?
How would I feel?
I will experience this feeling in ART ASIA Miami 2011. I am excited.
November 2011, Istanbul
ART ASIA PRESENTS: Laurens Tan – Happy Toy
Curated by Tally Beck Contemporary (New York, NY, USA)
Artist: Laurens Tan
Happy Toy is Tan’s multimedia installation concentrating on themes of China’s linguistics, technology and culture of fabrication. Amalgamating sculpture, architectural and animated space, music, graphics, film and industrial design, Tan’s artwork explores the dynamism of contemporary urban China in his language of playful, witty semiotics. Tan focuses on the ambiguities in the interpretation of Chinese characters by analyzing the transformation of language and meaning through his text-based installations.