Special Projects

 
 

BlooMing by Studio MVW presented by Christie’s


Studio MVW, BlooMing, Simulation view, 2017. Courtesy of Studio MVW & Christie's


Further to last year success at ASIA NOW, Christie's is glad to continue the dialogue on Chinese contemporary design with a brand new project by Studio MVW.

Showcased for the first time at ASIA NOW, Studio MVW's BlooMing installation is conceived as an elegant lanscape endowed with the studio's cross- cultural philosophy. Inspired from traditional Chinese vases and re-interpreted in an appealing, contemporary and creative langage, each piece of the installation surprises the viewer's gaze by combining function with a daring aesthetics, crossing the borders of art and design. These new creations underline how deeply anchored traditions and shapes can be reinvented and transformed into highly contemporary collectible design works.

 
 

Breathing Patterns Solo Show of Marina Cruz presented by A3


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Marina Cruz, Mend me, 2016. Oil on canvas, 190 x 200 cm. Courtesy of the artist and A3.


A3 presents the first solo exhibition of works by leading Filipino painter, Marina Cruz, in France. The presentation of a new series of paintings speci cally created for ASIA NOW is shown, accompanied by a hard copy Marina Cruz book launch published by German publishing house DISTANZ.

 
 

Migration curated by ZETO ART


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Yang Li, Kindergarten-1, 2016. Photography series, 404 NOT FOUND, 100 x 75 cm, 50 x 37.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.


ZETO ART presents an exhibition entitled "migration (迁徙)", bringing together young artists who work actively in France, China and Japan with various media including photography, painting, sculpture, installation, etc. Either forced or by their own will, all the participating artists emigrated from their original cultural contexts to new civilizations, where they now live and explore through works of art. As the phenomenon is directly related to the di erence between the social status of their homelands and the adapted countries, their works reveal di erent perspectives and o er both aesthetic and sociologic value to the discussion on "migration".

ZETO ART is a curatorial team dedicated to promoting young Asian artists from all over the world. For this special project, ZETO ART integrates traditional curatorial approaches with new communication channels, such as live streaming on multiple platforms.

 
 

Mr Zheng by Polit-Sheer-Form Office (PSFO) presented by BANK

Polit-Sheer-Form Mr. Zheng, 2007, Color Photography, 120x155.7cm, Ed. 5/5 N/A. Courtesy of PSFO and BANK.


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, 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 ve 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 ctitious play on the void that Socialism has left upon society.

 
 

SHIFT curated by Zhan Zhou Art Center


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Kang Lei, Park 2016 Prick, 2016. Tempera, 200x140cm. Courtesy of the artist and Zhan Zhou Art Center.


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 œuvres 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 life, Du turns o ce buildings, high- speed trains, streets, and gures 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 also takes elements from cities and recreates onto safety facilities such as re 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 re ect on the post-modern arts and use a contemporary expression, they give their unique insights based on their di erent 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 de ne the future direction of the arts.

 
 

Till Then / Jusqu’à performance of Zhao Duan presented by Galerie Liusa Wang


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Zhao Duan, Combien de...no. 1-1, 2016. Photo print, 60 x 90 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Liusa Wang.


"Half-round wooden pallets of the same size 80 x 40 cm are placed at the corner of the room (green drawing on the plan). My assistant gives me pallets one by one. I start the performance by climbing on the rst pallet, the second putting to the side to make the rst layer. And I do not go down until the end. I put under my feet the second oor, then the third, the fourth. The boards under my feet form a column (drawing in red on the plan). I continue until I get stuck between the column and the ceiling. I remain in the same position until the closing of the evening. I paint the lines on the edges  of the pallets, the number of lines corresponding to the number of oors. The column remains on the spot as the trace of performance. It challenges space and gravity. The meaning of the body on the column changes according to the evolution. The desire for elevation at the end meets the limit of height. The meaning of the body on the column changes according to the evolution. The desire of the elevation at the end meets the limit of height. The traits are an ancient way to represent time, they are also the link with my drawings which are exhibited by Liusa Wang Gallery."

 
 

Special Projects Korean Platform

 
 

an/other avant-garde performance « Nomadism » by Jooyoung Kim, curated by Busan Biennale


Jooyoung Kim, Nirvana de l'âme, Wolsingham, U.K., 2012., Projet nomade, Busan Biennale. Courtesy of the artist.


For ASIA NOW's special project, the Busan Biennale exhibition team presents the solo exhibition of Kim Jooyoung, the first generation avant-garde experimental artist in Korea. This exhibition presents Kim's past performance videos and interviews, material and drawing archives, as well as two live performances and one artist's talk. In last year's exhibition an/other avant-garde china-japan-korea, Busan Biennale focused on avant-garde art, particularly the avant-garde art in Korea, China and Japan, which received relatively less focus in the west-centered world art history. This exhibition is considered to have contributed greatly to the initiation of the discourse on the Asian avant-garde scene that's currently being discussed.

Kim's works mainly take the form of a ritual performance wishing for the afterlife in the center of life and death, as exempli ed in her ceremony of burning amulets in Taj Mahal (1996) and the ritualin the salt elds in Yanjing (2006). The ritual is the purest and most immersive of human actions for the artist, who expresses that our very life is the momentary residing and encounter in the boundary between life and death. "The word nomad in human history signi es something that lies inherent in mankind. History is marked by the nomadic drifting of all people who have left for the road, including the Bohemians, the Jewish diaspora of wandering for ethnological and sociological reasons, and the modern-day migrants, refugees and boat people who roam for political reasons. My work is about the ecological circulation of the universe through the process of art, and can be seen to be reaching the spiritual realm of shamanistic and Buddhist circulation."

 
 

Mona Lisa and the others from the North solo show of Ham Kyungah presented by Kukje Gallery


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Kyungah Ham, Mona Lisa and the others from the North, 2015. Video installation , detail, 11 various size of embroidered Mona Lisa made in North Korea, wooden frame, monitors, loop, color, sound. Courtesy the artist and Kukje Gallery.


Kukje Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Ham Kyungah (b. 1966, Seoul), featuring her work Mona Lisa and the others from the North (2015). The point of contact between North Korea and Mona Lisa aroused many questions and excitements. In a closed society where only the state-admitted art form can exist, to the North Korean individuals who are cut o from the understanding of artistic context or vale, how will this famous western woman be seen? With this question in mind, Ham Kyungah wanted to know how the image of Mona Lisa is accepted to di erent people in di erent places and di erent situations. As Ham was working on the series of embroidery works of North Korea, she came across with the embroidered Mona Lisa and a commemorative stamp. The moment she met with Mona Lisa made in North Korea was a sheer surprise, for it was a general belief that North Korea takes an exclusive stance towards western culture. The embroidered Mona Lisa which boasts in high degree of completion by the high skilled master craftsman created a unique image di erent to the original, and thus caught artist's eyes. These interviews of North Korean defectors or their stories collected in secret were centered on Mona Lisa and their stories were connected to the broader narrative of their life in North Korea, leaving the country and settling down in a new environment, and within this narrative, a new metaphysical and three-dimensional structure of Mona Lisa was formed.

 
 

Non-Sense Music, presented by Korean Arts Management Service (KAMS)

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Ayoung Kim, Zepheth, Whale Oil from the Hanging Gardens to You, Shell 1, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

The Korean Arts Management Service (KAMS) presents an exhibition on Korean young media artists titled NON-SENSE MUSIC, curated by Joanne Kim. The exhibition penetrates the horizontal landscape of grasslands and ice elds with the vertical transcendence of time through a century of modern Korean history beginning from the micro-history of each artist's own lineage. These four artists – Kim Ayoung, Park Kelvin Kyung Kun, Lee Wan, and Hong Buhm – exemplify individualized approaches to transforming speci c phonemes and words into songs as an aesthetic device, music of non-sense.

Kim Ayoung's Zepheth, Whale Oil from the Hanging Gardens to You, Shell 1 can be seen as a trial of the integration between language-text data and sound-music image in the form of a choir, a voice performance. Based on the artist's research on petroleum as a miraculous substance that mediates between the Earth and the human race, the world economy and the 20th century modernity, this project has been developed to its third version, exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale All the World's Futures in 2015. Dream of Iron by Park Kelvin Kyung Kun constructs a veritable visual symphony of steel and iron at work with and without humans at the shipyard, to address the country's history of modernisation via these heavy industries. Lee Wan's lm series Made In sets o from the artist's everyday experience of preparing his own breakfast. The artist lms the entire process of the performance of "breakfast", including his direct participation in the production of ingredients, plates, and clothes worn in the performance. Through the performance, the artist bluntly shows current international politics and economics, and the progress and recent tendency of Asian Neo-liberalism from an activist's perspective. Hong Beum's installation works Trickling Down Thoughts is based on the artist's childhood memories of moving home: "I remember the numerous sounds coming from the ceiling of that house.

The winter would be rich from the sound of ice breaking, to the indiscernible sounds of wind coming in and rhythmically knocking on here and there as it nds its way out through some crack of the roof." The memory initiated from sounds is translated into painting, and we listen to this painting again through sounds.

 
 

Solo show of Bae Bien-U presented by Galerie RX


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Bae Bien-U, SNM7A-002H, 2017. Framed silver print, 210 x 110 cm, 5 pieces. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie RX.

Galerie RX presents the solo exhibition of Bae Bien-U. Born in 1950 in Yeosu, South Korea, and currently living and working in Seoul, Bae Bien-U has practiced photography for the past 40 years. Today, he has become incontestably the biggest photographer from Korea. Recognized around the world, his works re ect in an universal language above all the preoccupation of the Korean people to live in harmony with nature. For ASIA NOW 2017, Galerie RX exhibits the silver print of his emblematic series on the sacred trees, the ocean and the Orums – volcanic hills on a Korean island. These black and white monochromes of a contemplative landscape reveal a panoramic form a nature in perpetual movement and bring the viewers to a meditative and poetic universe both spectacular and mysterious.

As an internationally recognized artist, Bae Bien-U has had several solo exhibitions in France, including the ones at Domaine de Chambord, Musée de la Mer in Cannes, and Modern Art museum of Saint-Étienne. His works are also in public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.