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ASIA NOW | LA CRÉATION CORÉENNE SUR LE DEVANT DE LA SCÈNE Plateforme Coréenne

Alors que l’édition 2016 explorait la création émergente de l’Asie du Sud-Est, ASIA NOW se tourne cette année vers les nombreuses facettes de la scène sud-coréenne, avec une programmation spéciale coordonnée par la jeune curatrice Joanne Kim.

La Plateforme Coréenne accueillera des artistes confirmés et en devenir, dont les œuvres seront notamment à découvrir sur les stands des galeries 313 Art Project, CHOI&LAGER, The Columns Gallery, Kukje Gallery, Galerie Maria Lund, Gallery Soso, ou encore Gallery SU:. Cette offre sera enrichie par un cycle de conférences, de projections vidéo et de performances.

« ASIA NOW est un lieu idéal pour présenter ces nouveaux visages de la scène contemporaine coréenne. Le contexte de cette foire permet en effet une meilleure compréhension de leurs univers, de leur démarche personnelle mais également du contexte socioculturel dans lequel ils opèrent. La Plateforme offre, à travers un choix d’œuvres emblématiques, une vision prometteuse de cette mouvance et des nouvelles orientations de la scène artistique contemporaine en Corée du Sud, »

Joanne Kim, curatrice de la Plateforme Coréenne

an/other avant-garde performance | Biennale de Busan 2018

ASIA NOW s’associe cette année avec l’équipe curatoriale de la Biennale de Busan 2018 et accueille le second volet du projet an/other avant-garde china-japan-korea, présenté lors de l’édition 2016 de la Biennale.

Pour ASIA NOW, l’équipe de Busan a choisi de faire un focus sur les travaux de Jooyoung Kim, figure majeure de la première génération d’artistes coréens pratiquant l’art de la performance. Pionnière du concept « Nomadisme » comme forme d’activisme artistique, Jooyoung Kim est connue pour ses projets et installations, à travers lesquels elle s’affranchit des contraintes institutionnelles. « Le Nomadisme, la recherche et le questionnement sont la vraie définition de l’art – une expérience à travers l’espace, l’action géographique basée sur un sentiment à la fois psychique et physique […] Le Nomadisme est la dénégation, une manière de remettre en cause les idées reçues telles que ‘l’art est la beauté’ ou ‘l’art doit être dans les musées, » explique-t-elle.

« Nous sommes ravis d’initier cette collaboration avec ASIA NOW. La Biennale de Busan est la première biennale en Corée du Sud, fondée par des artistes locaux en 1981. Le projet de l’an dernier, an/other avant-garde china-japan-korea, a été organisé par cinq commissaires venus de Chine, du Japon et de Corée. Il présentait l’art expérimental d’avant-garde sur ces trois territoires des années 1960 à 1980. Le projet comprenait 148 œuvres de 65 artistes, accompagnées d’archives et de documents annexes sur la Chine, le Japon et la Corée afin de fournir un contexte solide à cette avant-garde au sein de l’histoire de l’art global. ASIA NOW représente l’une des meilleures plateformes pour introduire ce qu’est la Biennale de Busan, son parcours passé mais aussi ses aspirations pour le futur. »

Lim Dong-lak, directeur de la Biennale de Busan

A PROPOS DES GALERIES

313 Art Project | Séoul, Corée du Sud

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A Thousand Plateaus Art Space | Chengdu, Chine
Artistes présentés : Bi Rongrong, Chen Qiulin, Feng Bingyi, Wang Chuan, Yang Shu

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A Thousand Plateaus Art Space will present art works by Chen Qiulin, Feng Bingyi, Wang Chuan, Wang Jun and Yang Shu, of various media including painting, photography, video, installation etc. Born in the 1950s to the 1990s, these artists and their works are important in offering a glimpse into Chinese contemporary art.

Chen Qiulin’s works often combine social problems and her personal experience in the process of the rapid development in China, showing her consistent awareness about society and the deepening exploration of the contemporary video languages, at the same time guiding the audience to think about changes in social environment and living space. Chen Qiulin’s works are exhibited and collected by many domestic and international museums and art institutions.

Feng Bingyi’s photographs contain obvious personal experience. These narrative, artistic and visual image have received a broad attention.

Wang Chuan and Yang Shuo are two important artists in non-representational painting in China. Wang Chuan is known for his lasting and deep abstract paintings. Since he abandoned the realistic paintings in 1985, he has made great achievements in the development of abstract painting. no. 2, which will be exhibited at ASIA NOW 2017, is one of the representative works of his recent works with evident self-healing characteristics. This painting was exhibited in the exhibitions Multiverse and Abstract China 2016 at the 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, as well as other important exhibitions. In Yang Shuo’s works, there is not only a strong explosive force and occasional spontaneity, but also a more sensual and worldly side, which can be seen as the pure meaning of the paintings.

A3 | Berlin, Allemagne | Singapour

Artiste présentée : Marina Cruz

 

Arndt Art Agency (A3) will present the first solo exhibition of works by leading Filipino painter, Marina Cruz, in France. A new series of paintings specifically created for ASIA NOW will be presented, accompanied by a hard copy of Marina Cruz’s book published by German publishing house DISTANZ.

AIKE DELLARCO | Shanghai, Chine

Artiste présenté : Wang Yi

AIKE DELLARCO will present an exhibition on a young Shanghai-based artist Wang Yi. Shifting from his earlier pictorial style to absolute abstraction, Wang Yi’s recent works inhere minimalism infused with the unique sense of light and colour. Focusing on investigating complexity through easiness and purity, he researches on deconstruction and reconstruction of a specific space that becomes obscure, and through imbuing colours gives the viewers a unique sensation of light, space and colour interconnection.

Fascinated by the glazing techniques usually used in traditional oil paintings and the transparent atmosphere it gains, Wang Yi applies this technique into his abstract works. With the use of only two

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or three colours in one painting, he overlays thin brushes repeatedly on the same canvas as an ascetic, eventually creating a retinal game while treating painting itself as a ritual.

Being one of important young Chinese artists, Wang Yi interrogates relationships between experience and reality, individuality and entirety. He’s aware of humanity confronting complex structure of society comprised of otherness and risking to entomb aspiration for individuality under massive flow of information, therefore he uses the rational approach of overlapping colours to represent the essence of society, distinctiveness of humankind and absoluteness.

Art’LOFT/Lee-Bauwens-Gallery | Forest, Belgique

Artistes présentés : Chun Kwang Young, Naming Whan, Shim Moon-Pil

Art’LOFT/Lee-Bauwens-Gallery’s project is to present a selection of three Korean artists whose works combine different techniques – from traditional materials to innovative technique. The choice of these artists is the reflection of a Korean society in balance between its tradition and its modernity.

Hyun Sik Kim(1965) invites the viewer beyond the visible world, through works that are devoid of form and composed only of layered lines of colour.

Namgoong Whan (1975) produces drawings made with a thick brush full of ink. In contact with paper and water, the ink diffuses according to the fast and precise gesture of the artist. Namgoong Whan manages to give life to his work with a subtle play of depth blending the blur and the neat, giving his work a spiritual dimension from which emerges a rare visual energy.

Shim Him Moon-Pil (1958)’s artistic approach is based on the alternation between, on one hand, the transparency, sharpness, the introduction of white linearity, the tint area, the coloured lines and the Plexiglas, and on the other hand the milky atmospheric presence of the white base: indistinct depth, distant and mysterious, which pulls the perception towards a recessed space.

BANK | Shanghai, Chine

Represented artists: Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Song Dong, Liu Ji, Leng Lin

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Polit-Sheer-Form Office (PSFO) is an art group founded by artists Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Song Dong, Liu Jianhua, and curator and critic Leng Lin in 2005. PSFO concern themselves with the world and focus on the construction of the mental world. They think, talk, travel around and have fun, etc., trying to transform the political, cultural, economic life and everyday life into pure forms by their boundary-blurring practice.

In 2008 Mr. Zheng was born. Mr. Zheng was the personification of PSFO’s idea that ‘We become I’. The portrait of a man staring blankly out of a starched white shirt looks like any ID photo used to catalog individuals in society. However, this image is a composite portrait of the group’s five members. Like a child, Mr. Zheng embodies the characteristics of each parent, while at the same time retaining his own unique quality. For a public art project Mr. Zheng’s solemn portrait was hung in public spaces throughout Shanghai, helping to incite the memory of a bygone era when leaders’ portraits were ubiquitous. Mr. Zheng, however, is only a portrait, a symbol, an icon, a fictitious play on the void that Socialism has left upon society.

Gallery Baton | Séoul, Corée du Sud

Artistes présentés : Chung Chi Yung, Suzanne Song, Bin Woo Hyuk

Gallery Baton, which has emerged as an influential contemporary art gallery in Korea since its inception in 2011, will present works by three Korean artists that represent the current state of contemporary art in Korea.

Chung Chi Yung (b. 1972), Suzanne Song (b.1974) and Bin Woo Hyuk (b. 1981), artists who apply monochromatic painting schemes will present innovative interpretations of materials that extend the possibilities of substance and space depicted while challenging the viewer to leave behind preconceived ideas of those subject matters. Given the international recognition Dansaekhwa has received in recent years, it is a vital time to see how a new generation of Korean artists – while connecting to their roots – are breaking new ground and creating works that appeal to a greater global audience.

Chi-Wen Gallery | Taipei, Taïwan

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Founded in 2004 by Chi-Wen Huang, Chi-Wen Gallery is one of Taiwan’s leading galleries, showing the best of contemporary Taiwanese art with a focus on video and photography. The gallery is dedicated to supporting emerging artists with curatorial projects that explore the most cutting-edge subjects and has been actively participating in local and international art fairs. As such Chi-Wen Gallery is very much connected with today’s art and represents artists whose work continues to grow in historical importance.

Over the last decade, Chi-Wen Gallery has fostered the careers of a diverse group of internationally renowned artists, both emerging and established, whose practices transformed the way art is made and presented in Taiwan today. These artists include Chen Chieh-Jen, Chien-Chi Chang, Chen Shun- Chu, Hung Tung-Lu, Jawshing Arthur Liou, Peng Hung-Chih, Tusi Kuang-Yu, Wu Tien-Chang, Yao Jui- Chung, Yuan Goang-Ming, Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong, Yu Cheng-Ta and among others.

CHOI&LAGER Gallery | Cologne, Allemagne | Séoul, Corée du Sud

Artistes présentés : Ayoung Kim, Kelvin Kyung Kun Park and Seahyun Lee

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CHOI&LAGER Gallery is pleased to present new works by three Korean artists, Ayoung Kim, Kelvin Kyung Kun Park and Seahyun Lee. Their works, to be shown in Paris for the first time, will explore the complexity of the political and social context laid under the narrative nature of visual language.

Ayoung Kim’s video work “In This Vessel We Shall Be Kept (2016)”, based on her performance in collaboration with Paris National Opera, takes root in the basement of the Palais Garnier – specifically in the depths of its famous underground “lake”. The audiences are greeted by six dancers and six singers to embark into a ship to join a voyage, floating on the waves of voices and movements.

Kelvin Kyungkun Park’s video work, based on the popular K-soap opera « Stairway to Heaven », 2003, reveals structures of emotions for romance. Characters in a double love triangle make emotional

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decisions based on relational situations rather than having their own subjective drive, or will. A non- subjective subjectivity is the archetype of emotional structures of Asian soap operas.

Developed from his famous red landscapes, Seahyun Lee’s work represents both the landscape of fragmentation and the restored landscape of completion in equal measure – in their depiction of trauma, but also in their depiction of the devices we use to refute the fact and the evidence of that trauma. The human compulsion towards narratives of wholeness and totality is rendered with an acute awareness of its futility, as well as its potential to achieve a kind of grace.

Fabien Fryns Fine Art | Beijing, Chine

Artistes présentés : Lu Xinjian, Zhang Zhenyu, Ling Jian, Zhang Ji

Lu Xinjian, Zhang Zhenyu, Ling Jian, and Zhang Ji.

Lu Xinjian’s latest series, Reflections, focuses on urban forms that seek tranquillity and transcendence through the reflective and meditative qualities of water or polished surfaces. Lu’s works present both the concrete reality of the structure’s form as well as the illusion captured by a tangential surface. The solid forms are softened and animated in these reflective surfaces, and the reflected images focus the mind beyond the physical symbols toward the ideals they are meant to represent. Four monumental landmarks from Paris, i.e. the Grand Palais, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and Mont St Michel and its bay, will be presented at ASIA NOW.

Zhang Zhenyu’s most recent series entitled Dust, uses plain dust as medium, referring to the polluted situation in Beijing where the artist works. Even more so, the dust takes on a metaphysical dimension. Zhang applies layers upon layer of dust onto the canvas, which turns into a mirror effect after weeks of intense polishing. The reflection of the viewers merges into the transformed dust of the work, achieving a poetic and Taoist allegory of our human existence.

ifa gallery | Bruxelles, Belgique

Artiste présenté : Li Chevalier

 

ifa gallery est un des acteurs majeurs reliant l’Asie et l’Europe. Pour ASIA NOW, elle propose au public une exposition monographique de Li Chevalier, une des femmes artistes les plus actives, dont l’ambition est de porter un témoignage historique. Ses recherches intenses se concrétisent dans ses travaux, entre Asie et Europe, par le choix d’une traduction plastique en empathie avec les deux maîtres franco-chinois récemment disparus : Zaowuki et Chu Thequn.

J: Gallery | Shanghai, Chine

Artistes présentés : Cai Zebin, Guo Cheng, Hou Zichao, Li Tingwei, Pu Yingwei, Shen Han, Shi Yiran, Wu Xinmo, Xie Kan, Xie Yi, Zheng Mengzhi, Zhong Yunshu, Ju Anqi

We propose to present at ASIA NOW works by artists Cai Zebin, Guo Cheng, Hou Zichao, Li Tingwei, Pu Yingwei, Shen Han, Shi Yiran, Wu Xinmo, Xie Kan, Xie Yi, Zheng Mengzhi, Zhong Yunshu, and Ju Anqi. The majority of the artists we are bringing to ASIA NOW this year share a similar multi-cultural educational background; their works also manifest each artist’s individual critical thinking and unique ways of representation in a global perspective. We seek to exhibit artworks across various media, including painting, sculpture, installation and video, in order to produce a multi-media space which animates the works as well as invites the audience to enter and interact with them.

Galerie Liusa Wang | Paris, France

Artistes présentés : Guo Donglai, Zhao Duan, Tong Kunniao

 

Galerie Liusa Wang a le grand plaisir de présenter Zhao Duan, Tong Kunniao et Guo Donglai – trois artistes chinois de la nouvelle génération, mettant en place un assemblage fascinant de peintures, d’installations et de performances.

Zhao Duan, artiste dont la pratique est performative, s’intéresse aux moindres traces laissées par le geste humain, cherche à dépeindre la relation imperceptible pourtant intrinsèque du corps et de l’existence.

Tong Kunniao, connu pour ses installations mécaniques excentriques qui prennent racine dans une reconstruction des vieux jouets nostalgiques et des symboles culturels, entre dans un conte de fées bien cauchemardesque teinté d’humour noir.

Guo Donglai poursuit son exploration de la rencontre poétique du naturel et de l’artificialité, où la beauté intérieure de chaque objet se trouve silencieusement soulignée par un langage visuel minimaliste et dépouillé.

Magda Danysz Gallery | Shanghai, Chine | Paris, France | Londres, Royaume-Uni

Artistes présentés : Liu Bolin, Zhang Dalie

A travers son travail constant entre Paris, Londres et Shanghai la galerie Magda Danysz propose une passerelle non seulement entre différentes scènes artistiques, mais aussi entre différents modes de pensée et cultures.

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Dans son jardin symbolique, la galerie présente des œuvres inattendues d’artistes reconnus comme Liu Bolin, Zhang Dali ou encore Wang Keping. A l’image de la philosophie bouddhiste, le jardin artistique proposé touche aux qualités intrinsèques des œuvres d’art plastique qui visent à représenter le monde, prêter à la rêverie, éviter de tout avoir en un coup d’œil et offrir de multiples interprétations.

Ainsi, Zhang Dali avec sa technique étonnante de cyanotype offre son interprétation de la rêverie qu’offre les jardins, tandis que Liu Bolin présente ses sculptures, plus inédites que ses photographies Hiding in the City, de la série When you see me I see you, véritable dialogue sur l’art à travers le temps mais aussi sur la relation que nous entretenons avec l’image, les réseaux sociaux ou encore les caméras de surveillance.

Galerie Maria Lund | Paris, France

Artistes présentés : Min Jung-Yeon, Shoi, Yoo Hye-sook

Pour l’édition 2017 d’ASIA NOW, la Galerie Maria Lund présente trois artistes coréennes : Min Jung- Yeon (née en 1979) explore l’espace fluctuant de la mémoire à travers les souvenirs de lieux et de situations précises qui nourrissent un monde parallèle où cohabitent l’onirique, l’imaginaire et des incursions d’une réalité bien précise.

Se servant d’un minimum de moyens, Yoo Hye-Sook (née en 1964) se laisse guider par l’intuition et l’instinct pour laisser émerger les formes et les propos au contact de la matière. Filtré par le regard de l’artiste vient à naître un monde sensoriel à la fois anonyme et familier où s’opère un jeu d’apparition et de disparition.

Expression d’une mythologie personnelle, les œuvres de Shoi (née en 1983) sont marquées par l’humour. Elles servent à revivre, à exorciser, à dépasser un vécu, dans l’esprit d’un rite de passage chamanique. L’élément aquatique est ici le symbole d’un ailleurs et d’un voyage libertaire et libératoire…

Si les trois artistes partagent une grande sensualité, voir une forme d’animalité, leurs démarches sont très différentes. Yoo Hye-Sook porte son attention sur l’espace environnant, tandis que Min Jung- Yeon et Shoi construisent à partir d’un monde intérieur.

New Galerie | Paris, France

Artiste présenté : Christopher Kulendran Thomas

 

Fondée en 2008, la New Galerie est située dans le “Haut-Marais”, un nouveau quartier de galeries à Paris entre Belleville et le Marais. La New Galerie développe un programme international composé de jeunes artistes. Elle alterne entre des expositions des artistes qu’elle représente et des invitations à des commissaires d’exposition : Francesco Stocchi en 2009, Corentin Hamel et ICI en 2010, Claire Staebler en 2011.

Galerie NOEJ | Paris, France

Artiste présenté : Son Il

À l’occasion d’ASIA NOW 2017, la galerie NOEJ a le plaisir d’organiser un solo-show d’un artiste sud- coréen Son Il. Celui-ci centre sa recherche artistique sur la communion harmonieuse entre les objets et leurs spectateurs en se servant des anciens caractères d’imprimerie coréens comme médiateur.

L’originalité de la démarche de l’artiste réside dans le contraste issu de la rugosité du support qui s’oppose à la douceur et à la pureté de l’épaisseur feutrée des fibres végétales du mûrier à papier appelées dak. L’utilisation de ce matériau est une expression de l’essence de la culture coréenne, ce qui fait dire à l’artiste « mes créations demandent beaucoup d’attention, de soin, et de patience et sont en cela, pour moi, mon support de méditation quotidienne ».

ON/gallery | Beijing, Chine

Artistes présentés : Liu Tao, Zhang Zhenyu

Silent Insurgency.

Artistes engagés physiquement dans la création de leur œuvre, Zhang Zhenyu risquant sa vie dans la poussière et la pollution pour tenter de réaliser cette alchimie d’un monde capable de se renouveler, Liu Tao, esprit des lieux, réactivant les mémoires et l’urgence d’un saut dans l’inconnu de notre nature humaine dans ce qu’elle a de pire et de meilleure, voilà les termes d’un contrat qu’ils signent avec la fonction de l’art. Témoigner, faire entendre, ce qu’il y a de trouble dans nos modes d’existences, ce qu’il fait l’angoisse de notre siècle et ses résolutions, en silence, en vue d’une révolution lente des consciences.

Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery | Paris, France

Artistes présentés : Yuki Nara, Chisato Tanaka, Shinya Nakazato, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Mark Vassallo

Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery est une jeune galerie parisienne, dédiée exclusivement à l’art contemporain japonais. Elle représente des artistes reconnus ou émergents, qui ont en commun d’avoir atteint une grande maturité dans leur expression artistique, d’avoir développé leur propre originalité et de se référer d’une façon ou d’une autre à la culture japonaise dans leurs créations.

A ASIA NOW, Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery présente six artistes aux œuvres captivantes, qui invitent à la contemplation. Chisato Tanaka nous intrigue par ses peintures où les sujets se perdent dans des océans de noirs profonds, qui leur confèrent un côté onirique et fantastique. Les travaux de Shinya Nakazato se trouvent à la limite de la photographie et de la peinture ; dans des structures très travaillées, ils troublent les sens et fascinent à la fois. A travers différentes manipulations dans ses photographies, Yuki Onodera, artiste déjà reconnue dans le monde entier, nous donne à voir ce que nos yeux ne voient plus, ou n’ont jamais vu. Le calligraphe Hiroyuki Nakajima peint debout, pieds nus, son support posé au sol. S’il travaille d’abord dans la tradition de la calligraphie, il n’hésite pas à s’exprimer également sur toile ou à ajouter de l’acrylique et de la couleur à des œuvres sur papier. Seule la sérénité compte. Mark Vassallo, Britannique vivant au Japon depuis 25 ans, crée des

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photographies de fleurs à l’aspect de porcelaine extraordinairement délicate, donnant à ses sujets la douceur des plus belles céramiques japonaises. Enfin, Yuki Nara, à la double formation d’architecte et de céramiste – il est issu d’une des dynasties de céramistes les plus prestigieuses du Japon –, cherche à utiliser les outils de conception architecturale les plus récents dans l’atelier familial pour créer des œuvres légères, transparentes et poétiques.

Quatre de ces six artistes exposent en France pour la première fois à l’occasion d’ASIA NOW. _
Primo Marella Gallery & Primae Noctis Gallery | Milan, Italie | Lugano, Suisse Artistes présentés : Jeremy Sharma, Nguyen Thai Tuan, Robert Zhao Renhui, Ruben Pang

Ruben Pang, Let the Insect Sin left

For ASIA NOW 2017, Primo Marella Gallery and Primae Noctis Art Gallery are delighted to present a new co-curated project, with works by some of their most interesting Asian artists, from China to Philippines, from Vietnam to Singapore: Kenji Sugiyama, Ronald Ventura, Nguyen Thai Tuan, Ruben Pang, Robert Zhao and Jeremy Sharma.

From this pursuit the two galleries, in continuity with the last participation to ASIA NOW Paris, seek to present several recent works able to convey the polysemantic language of the Asian context in relationship to the power of international influences. Inscribed within this interchange, these works defy the convention of geographically grounding an Asian artist to his/her birthplace rather than recognizing these artists as individuals and not simply products of a geographically-bounded socio- political location.

Richard Koh Fine Art | Kuala Lumpur, Malaisie | Singapour

Artistes présentés : Anne Samat, Yeoh Choo Kuan, Haffendi Anuar, Hasanul Isyraf Idris

 

Richard Koh Fine Art is pleased to present a group show by Malaysian artists Anne Samat, Haffendi Anuar, Hasanul Isyraf Idris, and Yeoh Choo Kuan for ASIA NOW. Through their unique use of icons, these artists address their understanding of culture and identity in an increasingly globalised environment.

Anne Samat presents Huntsman from her Tribal Chief Series to reflect upon one’s identity and role in a time of progress. Through contemporary interpretations, Anne creates a dialogue between the masculine and feminine through the weaving of industrial, domestic and everyday objects. She explores refreshed identities and contemporary culture through the socioecological and the neo- colonial cultural history of Malaysia.

Also building on the language of object-based work is Haffendi Anuar’s Migratory Objects, an immersive installation of painted “flocks” on boards. These shapes, often stand in for faces, allude to a managed green paradise which reminds the artist of a home that was simultaneously foreign. Anuar investigates the consumption and dissemination of cultural debris as by-product of commercial tourism and trade through his “transformed” mask sculptures.

Fragments of folklore are transposed and imbued within Hasanul Isyraf Idris’s drawings. Through detailed illustrations and vibrant colours, the artist creates a complex world in his Para-series. Inspired by the Greek God Morpheus, of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the artist adopts religious symbolisms and references local icons which he recorded throughout his trips around Asia.

Yeoh Choo Kuan explores the language of gestures and painterly residues through Windows. These gridded ‘window’ paintings expand on the artist’s expression of pictorial thinking as metaphors of his ideas of life and society. Through the grid-like composition, Yeoh incites a longing for a transient scene impenetrable from afar, addressing an apparent divide of horizons.

Galerie RX | Paris, France

Artiste présenté : Bae Bien-U

Bae Bien-U est né en 1950 à Yeosu en Corée du Sud. Il vit et travaille à Séoul.

Bae Bien-U exerce l’art de la photographie depuis une quarantaine d’années. Aujourd’hui, il est devenu incontestablement le plus grand photographe coréen. Reconnues dans le monde entier, ses

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œuvres au langage universel reflètent avant tout la préoccupation du peuple coréen à vivre en harmonie avec la nature.

La Galerie RX exposera dans le cadre de la foire ASIA NOW 2017 les tirages argentiques de ses séries emblématiques sur les arbres sacrés, l’océan et les Orums – collines volcaniques d’une île coréenne. Ces monochromes noirs et blancs d’un paysage contemplatif dévoilent sous une forme panoramique une nature en perpétuel mouvement et transportent le spectateur dans un univers méditatif et poétique à la fois grandiose et mystérieux.

Artiste à la renommée internationale, il a été consacré en France par plusieurs expositions personnelles au Domaine de Chambord, au musée de la Mer à Cannes ou encore au musée d’art Moderne de Saint Étienne. Son travail fait partie de collections publiques et privées telles que le Victoria & Albert Museum à Londres, la National Gallery of Victoria à Melbourne et le National Museum of Modern Art de Tokyo.

Galerie Sator | Paris, France

Artistes présentés : Yan Heng, Hayoun Kwon, Truc-Anh

Engagée depuis son origine auprès de la scène asiatique contemporaine, la Galerie Sator est heureuse de présenter à ASIA NOW trois artistes avec lesquels elle collabore régulièrement : Yan Heng (Chine), Hayoun Kwon (Corée du Sud) et Truc-Anh (Vietnam).

Né en 1982 à Jinzhou, Yan Heng vit et travaille à Pékin. Régulièrement exposées en Asie, ses peintures et installations se consacrent à l’humain dans son rapport au savoir, aux sciences et technologies, à la société moderne et à ses différentes formes d’asservissement.

Née en 1981 en Corée, Hayoun Kwon vit et travaille à Paris. Vidéaste de réalité virtuelle, Hayoun Kwon s’intéresse à la mémoire individuelle et collective. Pionnière dans son domaine, elle conjugue l’exploration des nouvelles technologies avec de nouvelles formes de narration. Elle vient de présenter L’Oiseleuse au Palais de Tokyo.

Né à Paris en 1983, Truc-Anh vit et travaille à Ho Chi Min City. Régulièrement exposé au Vietnam, en Europe et à Los Angeles, Truc-Anh vient de participer à l’inauguration du nouveau Vincom Art Center à Hanoi. Son travail multiforme repose sur une introspection intime.

SinArts Gallery | Bruxelles, Belgique

Artistes présentés : Shen Wei, Chen Hangfeng

 

At ASIA NOW, SinArts will be presenting the works of Shanghai natives Shen Wei and Chen Hangfeng. SinArts will be showing several Shen Wei’s photos: portraits and nature still-lives, combining Shen’s personal and intimate quest with Chen’s more socially engaged artworks commenting on the globalisation of visual imagery and the loss of a unique culture.

The work of Shen Wei takes us on a journey across 5 continents binding the influence of traditional themes of Chinese art, drawn from the natural environment, with the ancient Chinese philosophy of Qi. In his intimate, and often quite dark, photographs Shen guides the viewer to dive into the image and dares them to ask questions. His series Between Blossoms shifts between nude self-portraits and iconic images of a flowering peach tree, a cherry tree branch or piles of bamboo; direct references to the Daoist representation of the classic virtues of a scholar.

Chen Hangfeng uses his oeuvre to investigate the influence of cultures on each other. By painting/planting classic Chinese trees in European landscape prints, or by implementing logos of Western multinationals in classic Chinese papercuts he highlights the loss of classic Chinese imagery and meaning. Chen Hangfeng has recreated classic drawings of the 4 virtues of a classic Daoist scholar by pinning shards of black plastic on a wooden surface. By recreating a wind from the West he lets the leaves rustle and move, but when the wind stops, the leaves always return to their original, stylised position.

Gallery SoSo | Gyeonggi-do, Corée du Sud

Artistes représentés : Kim In Kyum, Chung Seung Un, Yoon Sang Yuel, Kim Eull, Yang Jung Uk

Gallery SoSo will exhibit works of established artists based in Korea Kim In Kyum, Chung Seung Un, Yoon Sang Yuel, Kim Eull and Yang Jung Uk. We plan to continuously introduce works of artists that deserve to be mentioned in art history. That works of artists that held solo exhibitions at Gallery SoSo last year and this year, are now exhibited at the National Museum of Contemporary Art and Seoul

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Museum of Art reaffirms this fact. We are also expected to exhibit works of not only established artists but also of young ones that have their unique artistic realm.

At ASIA NOW 2017, Gallery SoSo will show Yoon Sang Yuel’s series works of ‘Silence’, Chung Seung Un’s series ‘Skyline’ and Kim In Kyum’s sculpture and drawings, Kim Eull’s drawings and Yang Jung’ kinetic sculpture.

Gallery SU: | Séoul, Corée du Sud

Artiste présenté : Jiang Zhi, Joseph Choi

Founded by Chinese contemporary art specialist Su H. Kim, GALLERY SU: is a professional art gallery and exhibition space that features contemporary art by Chinese artists through various international programs based on global network. GALLERY SU: will present two artists: Korean artist Joseph Choi and Chinese artists Jiang Zhi.

Born in South Korea, Joseph Choi has lived in Paris for over 20 years creating images from illusion, neither figurative nor surreal, in a state of non-gravitation while suffering from insomnia. It is freedom and inner truth that the artist had been looking for day and night at any given time or place. Joseph Choi’s works offer an insight into life and philosophy of modern man who is engaged in endless string of troubles in order to find inner truth (beyond a shadow). Jiang Zhi works with various media including photography, installation, video, and painting.

For ASIA NOW 2017, GALLERY SU: will present Jiang Zhi’s latest 4-channel video work In the Wind. Opening with a scene that recalls The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus, the video continues into four sections representing the shadows of the past, the present, and the future of different individuals in the wind, inviting the viewers to look into themselves growing restless in a culture that takes the breeze as the noise of destiny.

Tang Contemporary Art | Beijing, Chine | Hong Kong, Chine | Bangkok, Thaïlande

Artistes présentés : Huang Yishan, Zhao Zhao, Cai Lei, Wang Yuping

 

Tang Contemporary Art will present a curated selection of recent paintings and sculptures by four contemporary artists from China. The main exhibition will feature new works by three young artists from the Post-80s generation: Zhao Zhao (b. 1982), Cai Lei (b. 1983), and Huang Yishan (b. 1983), exploring the unique “self vs. spatial awareness” that their generation posts in how they understand and position themselves in society.

Zhao Zhao’s abstract paintings present critical insight into China’s current socio-political climate, highlighting the layered complexity of issues that are experienced by the Chinese. Cai Lei’s and Huang Yishan’s works explore the syntaxes of interior spaces. Cai Lei’s imagined, ambiguous interior spaces oscillate between the second and third dimension where figures, furniture, and personalized décor are absent, with only a familiar corridor left in an « Unfinished Home ». Huang Yishan’s theatrical interiors are similarly dissected into surreal perspectives that resemble model rooms, taking on an unexpected point of view.

The exhibition will also include a recent painting with original watercolours by established artist Wang Yuping (b. 1962). Brought together, their works reflect the unique methods and social issues seen in contemporary Chinese art today.

The Columns Gallery | Séoul, Corée du Sud

Artistes représentés : Lee Ufan, Yun Hyong Keun, Ha Chong Hyun, Chung Sang Hwa, Lee Dong Yub, Ryu Dong Ryong

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The Columns Gallery will present Dansaekhwa, a type of authentic Korean art meaning monochrome or monotone painting. Although it emerged in the 1970s, it earned its rightful title and global recognition only recently. Despite the similarities that it has with the Western art Dansaekhwa holds its unique meaning in Korean culture and philosophy.

The Columns Gallery will present 6 Dansaekhwa artists: Lee Ufan, Yun Hyong Keun, Ha Chong Hyun, Chung Sang Hwa, Lee Dong Yub and Ryu Dong Ryong. These artists are frontiers in modernizing Korean art, which started from the Informel Movement in the late 1950s to the Dansaekhwa Movement in the 1970s. In their works, they seek to reform the old artistic structural conventions of the Korean art scene and greatly contributed to the Korean modern art.

The Drawing Room | Makati City, Philippines

Artistes présentés : Gaston Damag, Manuel Ocampo, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

The Drawing Room presents four artists whose works draw from notions of transition, the shaping of histories simultaneously inherited and lived, and conceptions of the image and context as they are perceived within realities. Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Gaston Damag and Manuel Ocampo process material and object referentially, their practices representative of the expanse of Philippine contemporary art and society.

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s activities as husband and wife have long been drawn from collaborative. Their projects have been concerned with keeping the home, finding and defining

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identity, dealing with hardship of journey, orienting oneself in displacement, sensing presences in absence and accumulating memory.

Gaston Damag roots investigates the canonical representation of ethnographic objects. He is noted for fusing ethnographic symbols of his material culture in the Cordillera region in the Northern Philippines along with diverse modern industrial materials such as steel, glass and neon lights to address the ways a non-western ethnic culture can navigate around a cultural perspective dominated by the West.

Manuel Ocampo is known for his frequent and strategic stylistic drifts in response to new contexts and subject matter. His shows are often constructed around contradictory tendencies, elaborating discrepancies between what a painting appears to be and how it behaves in relation to the structures that legitimate its appearance.

Vanguard Gallery I Shanghai, Chine

Artiste représenté : Tang Chao

Vanguard Gallery will present a solo exhibition of Tang Chao, young Chinese artist working on video, photography, theatre play, performance art, and installations. The exhibition features two videos, Besides Salt Lake and Local Photography, with accompanying pictures.

In Local Photography, Tang Chao tried to work with two policemen who were in charge of taking crime scene photographs in his hometown. The video is close to a documentary film, through which the artist intends to know more about his hometown, especially about his generation. Tang Chao’s works become more abstract after Local Photography. In his latest work Besides Salt Lake, by exploring the compatibility of time, Tang Chao changes the angles of how people see things, and break the conventional ways of seeing. In his statement, Tang Chao expresses, « the sight began to become light, and the camera replaced « me », wandering in the woods and cities, the water and the air, the screens and daily life. These things finally began to splice themselves into a new filtered one. »

Yavuz Gallery | Singapour

Artistes présentés : Abdul Abdullah, Lucas Grogan, Pinaree Sanpitak, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan

Established in 2010 in Singapore, Yavuz Gallery is dedicated to the promotion of diversity and intercultural dialogue through contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region. For ASIA NOW 2017 Yavuz Gallery will present works by Abdul Abdullah, Lucas Grogan, Pinaree Sanpitak, and Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan.

The exhibition features the world debut of leading Australian artist Abdul Abdullah’s (b. 1986) newest photographic body of work titled The Wedding Series 2017. As a seventh-generation Australian Muslim, Abdullah’s sharp and provocative work often uses his body and personal experiences as potent material to explore the politicisation of Muslim identity in the post 9/11 world.

Lucas Grogan (b. 1984, Australia) will present a series of site-specific and specially commissioned works titled A Library within ASIA NOW’s historic Haussmannian mansion. These richly graphic ink- based works depict bookshelves embedded with fictitious book titles filled with jokes and puns on conventionally taboo topics and stereotypes.

World renowned Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak (b. 1961) will present a pair of soft sculptures, featuring a newly developed technique of intricately woven toile. Fluid, tactile and layered, Body Moves explores the female body distilled to organic and geometric forms to convey her lived expression as a woman.

Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan’s (b. 1965/1962) are widely regarded as among the most influential artists from the Philippines. Their collaborative practice evolves around the spheres of home and family, exploring the notions of community, migration, dislocation and memory, reflecting their own diasporic existence. To be presented at ASIA NOW, Florets is an ongoing series comprising knitted baby sweaters folded into the shape of female genitalia.

ZETO ART | Paris, France

Special Project ZETO ART

 

For the 2017 ASIA NOW, ZETO ART will present an exhibition entitled “migration (迁徙)” which brings together young artists active in France, China and Japan whose works cover a range of art forms including photography, painting, sculpture, installation. Actively or passively, the participating artists have all migrated out of their original cultural context to a new civilization in which they live and explore by means of art. As the phenomenon is directly related to the difference between the social status of their homelands and the migratory destinations, the works of the participating artists reveal different perspectives and thus give both aesthetical and sociological value to the discussion of the theme “migration”.

Invited to present the special project of the 2017 ASIA NOW, ZETO ART is a curatorial team dedicated to promoting young Asian artists from all over the world. As to the curatorial programme, ZE-TO ART is integrating the traditional curatorial approach with new modes of communication. Such as to spread the concept of Asia Now as well as ZETO ART special project through multiple live streaming platforms.

Zhan Zhou : SHIFT

Artistes : Kang Lei, Du Haijun

The dual exhibition of Kang Lei and Du Haijun, SHIFT, explores new artistic directions in a contemporary context. Kang Lei uses traditional tempera to give her oeuvres a sense of distance. Beyond what appears on the surface – bright colors, hard brush strokes, delicate compositions, there hides more symbolic and metaphoric meanings. Du Haijun lives and works in Shanghai. Inspired by the active yet hectic metropolitan live, Du turns office buildings, high-speed trains, streets, and figures into compositions of geometric blocks. Although abstract, there are still traces of lives in Du’s plane world – a metaphor of the reality in modern cities. Du takes also elements from cities and recreates onto safety facilities such as fire hydrants, turning ready-mades into installations that imply the stress and anxiety people are facing in the society.

The two artists bring new information and content through reinterpreting symbols. Although they both reflect on the post-modern arts and use a contemporary expression, they give their unique insights based on their different educational backgrounds, life experiences, and artistic ambitions. Seclusion and mundaneness are juxtaposed; the complexity of the surface forms and the awakening of perception and the thought reunited. Each artist’s concerns and thoughts on the epoch, region, social reality, and the ultimate fate of human can trickle into a river, so as to define the future direction of the arts.

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