|Miami 2011 ART ASIA Presents|
ART ASIA Presents:
Co-produced by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and PACE Prints
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)
Asad Faulwell - Mujahidat No. 8, 2009, 122 x 92 cm, Mixed media
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.
this train will lead us home
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
Curated by Tally Beck Contemporary (Bangkok, Thailand / New York, NY, USA)
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.