Akira the Hustler（生于1969）是一位受社会歧视情况激励并活跃于呼吁社会问题的艺术家。此次展览中，艺术家通过聚集他信念背后的民众来表达自己的决心。当他点燃熊熊燃烧的"篝火"时，他打破了封闭和被疏远群体之间的障碍，将不同意见的人们聚集在中心火焰的周围。郑裕憬（生于1991）的艺术实践来源于他对朝鲜、日本和韩国的探索，以找到自己在这些不同却又紧密相连的历史中所处的位置。在他的系列画作"为了唯一的国家"中，郑裕憬通过放大原始图像，添加视觉噪点和扭曲构图，来消解朝鲜政治宣传的意识形态。黑色的圆圈和明亮的颜色引用自波普艺术, 然而在生动图案的背后，是郑裕憬与他作为 "在日韩国人"（既不被视为日本人也不被视为韩国人）身份的抗争。当Akira the Hustler和郑裕憬尝试传达他们的想法时，观众们将会了解到他们对话中的斗争和力量。
上海大田秀则画廊诚邀观者加入我们，穿行于干燥纷繁的"沙漠花园"中，获得独特的感官体验。感受Akira the Hustler和郑裕憬的热烈与斗争，陈国良和半田真规作品中所绽放的动植物之美，以及尤阿达和竹川宣彰作品所雕琢之粗粝。最终，体会江上越和周轶伦作品中闪耀的朦胧灰调。
Ota Fine Arts Shanghai is delighted to present "Desert Garden", a group exhibition featuring eight artists from China, Japan, Korea and Singapore. Through the diversity of works presented, the exhibition hopes to create a new landscape, a possible horizon, and a place of beauty and imagination.
¥ouada's (b.1987) whimsical cactus-shaped sculptures are made of expanding foam, used mineral bottle and coke cans, and beer cans that he has re-fashioned from soft drink cans. Similar to ¥ouada's paintings, these works are a re-creation of objects that are familiar and reminiscent of his youthful days, invoking feelings of nostalgia. Their inviting pastel colors give the illusion that it is safe to approach only for audiences to realize that coated black thorns are dangerously strewn across the work. Elsewhere, Nobuaki Takekawa (b.1977) addresses weighty issues with the affectionate visual language of animals and the Olympic Games global event. Takekawa creates an opportunity for viewers to look at the frenetic global event as a platform for the human race to challenge its own limits, as a unifying occasion and yet also as an event that reveals complex underlying issues in society. Embedded in their works are a sensitivity to subtle socio-cultural shifts, provoking deeper considerations.
Akira the Hustler (b. 1969) is an artist who is active in championing social issues and is motivated by discriminatory social happenings. In this exhibition, he expresses his determination by rallying the masses behind his beliefs. As he sets the blaze aflame in "Bonfire", he breaks down the barriers of closed and alienated communities, gathering people with differences around a central flame. Jong YuGyong's (b.1991) practice stems from his exploration of North Korea, Japan and South Korea to find where he stands amidst their differentiated yet conjoined histories. In his painting series "For One and Only Country", Jong dissolves the ideological notions of North Korea's propaganda by enlarging the original images, adding visual noise and distorting the compositions. Black circles and bright colors proliferate the canvas, with references made to Pop art. Yet, behind the lively image lies Jong's struggle with his identity as a "Zainichi" -- a person who is treated as neither Japanese nor Korean. As Akira and Jong seeks to voice out their thoughts, audiences are privy to the struggles and power of their dialogue.
Etsu Egami (b.1994) graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, China and studied under established Chinese artist, Liu Xiaodong. With her bold brushwork in pastels and grey hues, her distorted human portraits reveal intricate facial expressions and the uniqueness in every individual's facial make-up. Through trial and error, Etsu hopes to discover the gaps in this increasingly digitalized and virtualized world, to highlight the differences between reality and reception; what is being depicted and what is received. In "Untitled", Zhou Yilun (b.1983) has reduced human figures and objects of the original pictures to color blocks and lines. A lingering sense of eeriness accompanies this dark and thought-provoking image but gives its audience no clue as to what it may or may not represent.
"We Feast On Love Lost" is an early work by Singapore artist, Guo-Liang Tan (b.1980). Tan has referenced images of traditional still life online, and by removing the flowers from their original containers, has displaced them from their original context. He invites us to re-look at the notion of the painted surface and the condition of painting. Flora continues to present itself in "toononefurino nanamematsu". With contrasting colors and multi-fold lines, Masanori Handa (b.1979) creates a pictorial landscape that is inspired by atmosphere, climate, psychogeography and fleeting encounters.
Ota Fine Arts Shanghai invites you to join us for a unique sensory experience as we navigate the arid complexities in a "Desert Garden"; to experience the heat and struggle of Akira and Jong, the beauty of flora and fauna blooms in Tan and Handa's works, the polished ruggedness of ¥ouada and Takekawa, and finally, the grey and misty hues found in Etsu and Zhou's works.
展览名称 : 沙漠花园
展期 : 2019年8月17日 - 9月12日
地址 : 上海大田秀则画廊
Title : Desert Garden
Exhibition Period : Sat. 17 August - Thu. 12 September 2019
Venue : OTA FINE ARTS Shanghai