All posts tagged: installations

A Talk With Artist Noriko Ambe

Born in Saitama in 1967, Japanese artist Noriko Ambe, now living in NYC, is mainly working through a process of cutting which is particularly spectacular. Her works are currently exhibited at The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Jan. 31 – May 29, 2016) and at the Everhart Museum (Feb. 5 – June 6, 2016). Let’s meet her and learn more about her project. Moderneast Magazine: What would you like to say to people who don’t know your work and see your pieces, installations and cuttings for the first time? Noriko Ambe: Actually, for those who see my work for the first time, I am not going to guide them how to see it. I’m more interested in what they feel, imagine, or think through my work, and I hope they won’t just focus on the technique of cutting. MM: How do you consider the process of cutting ? What is the intellectual, or artistic, path that guides your work?  NA: Through my cuttings, I’m thinking about, what is time ? Time is essential to my work. Because over time I add more and more paper …

Contemporary Chinese Artists at the Fondation LV

  From January to May 2016, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will be dedicated to the Chinese art scene through a blockbuster exhibition called “Bentu, Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation“ which will bring together 12 relatively unknown artists from different generations. This exhibition, the first to be devoted to contemporary Chinese art in France in the past 10 years, and which has been created in collaboration with the Ullens Center in Pekin, will explore the different meanings of Bentu (native land, in Chinese), a notion which is today at the very heart of many Chinese artists’ creative process. It implies reflecting on history, geography, the relation to the land, as well as identity or individuality. She will also try to examine how China’s creative traditions are dealing with the ever-evolving world that consecrates new techniques of production or creation. The works which are showcased, stemming from the use of a wide range of medias and materials, are the best demonstration of the complexity that characterizes today’s Chinese artistic scene. According to the Fondation, “the choice of works does …

Wei-Hui Hsu

Wei-Hui Hsu, born in 1979 in Taoyuan, Taiwan, studied in the US from 2004, after graduating from National Hsin-Chu University of Education. She currently lives and works in Taiwan. Her full-scale installations and smaller mixed-media pieces aim to develop poetic or organic themes such as the female body or the cell function. She uses various materials that she collected, transforms and shapes them into new forms that contain « special metaphors or meanings ». Her work is particularly striking and vivid as it presents « layers of contradiction and vulnerability » from her own experiences. Indeed, she seeks to express « a kind of pain under the appearance of beauty ». Hsu, through her pieces, is proceeding to a self-examination and she wants the observer to do the same. So, throw yourself into the stunning and delicate, yet impressive sculptures stemming from her series called “Feminine”…   In 2015, she participated in numerous group shows, in London (“Art 15 London”), Taiwan (“Art Kaohsiung 2015”), China (“The Moment: Like Flower”, Yi Chao Museum), or Taipei (“Art Taipei 2015 ”), among others. She also presented …

Chiharu Shiota “The key in the hand”

The 56th Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor closed its gates on 22 November 2015. On this occasion, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, born in Osaka in 1972, represented her country. She presented a large-scale installation, “The key in the hand”, a web made from 400 kilometers of interwoven red wooden strings and 50.000 keys hanging above two rowboats. The viewer was invited to walk beneath a blood-red, almost organic ceiling that seems to heavily weigh under his head. Shiota is known to explore the notion of memory. In an interview she said: “The boats symbolize two hands catching a rain of memories, opportunities and hope. They seem to be moving forward floating calmly along a huge sea of global and individual human memory”. She seeks to work from and about traces, vestiges, footprints that the human being leaves behind him. The installation she proposed for the Venice Biennale is strongly related to this subject. She herself says: “Keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives”. That is …

Ai Wei Wei, the dissident

Born in Pekin in 1957, Ai Wei Wei might be the most famous Chinese dissident of our times. After twelve years spent in the USA, mostly in New York, where he used to carry with him a camera all the time to photograph the world and the avant-gardist wave he was surrounded by, he came back to China in 1993. For almost five years, the artist, who is vocal in his criticism against the Chinese Communist Party, had been confined to his Beijing home and denied his passport which he just retrieved in July 2015. The Chinese authorities had charged him for tax evasion, an accusation which Ai Wei Wei considered to be iniquitous and with the sole purpose to silence him.   Visual and plastic artist, photograph, architect as well as activist, Ai Wei Wei uses new media as a source of inspiration but also as a material for his works. Wood, steel, urban waste, marble or ceramics are also part of his creative process. Very active on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/aiww/) Ai Wei Wei denounces, …