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Deva Loka Redux
Date: Nov 22 , 2012 - Feb 20 , 2013
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Artist: Yoshitaka Amano
Amano was born in 1952 in Shizuoka City, Japan. Always fascinated by drawing, he joined the early Japanese anime movement in 1967, working on character design for a number of Japanese TV programs, including the series Kashaan and Tekkaman.

Some of Amano's masterpieces are deeply rooted in people’s heart such as Gatchaman, Honey Bee and The Time Boken. Amano continues to inspire us with his recent works, such as the world acclaimed Final Fantasy series. Amano has won several prestigious awards including the Seiun Award in 1983 and the Julie Award, Dragon Con Award and the Eisner Award in . He was also nominated that same year for the Hugo Award.

Amano has exhibited his art in prestigious museum and galleries worldwide since 1989, including the Orlean Museum of Art in France, Tokyo’s Uenonomori Museum, The Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York, Germany’s Kunstverein Heilbronn and the Barbican Centre in London.
The Feast of Trimalchio
Date: Sep 6 , 2012 - Oct 7 , 2012
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Artist: AES+F
AES+F F (Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes) has been exploring the possibilities of combining modern technology, Hollywood cinema, fashion photography, advertising, mass media, popular culture and youth obsession with the classical aesthetic of old masters’ paintings since the forming of the group in 1987, visualising and presenting a world for the viewers that is rather familiar yet mysterious and alienated. Their digital collage of real life photographs and animated landscape/objects blurs and defies the line between reality and fantasy, history and time, constructing a futuristic mythological metaphor for the present through their glamorous, seductive yet alarming, artificially hyper-realistic imageries.

ABOUT THE FEAST OF TRIMALCHIO

In the 'Satyricon', the work of the great wit and melancholic lyric poet of Nero's reign, Gaius Petronius Arbiter, the best preserved part is 'The Feast of Trimalchio' (Cena Trimalchionis). Thanks to Petronius's fantasy, Trimalchio's name became synonymous with wealth and luxury, with gluttony and with unbridled pleasure in contrast to the brevity of human existence.

We searched for an analogue in the third millennium and Trimalchio, the former slave, the nouveau riche host of feasts lasting several days, appeared to us not so much as an individual as a collective image of a luxurious hotel, a temporary paradise which one has to pay to enter.

The hotel guests, the 'masters', are from the land of the Golden Billion. They're keen to spend their time, regardless of the season, as guests of the present-day Trimalchio, who has created the most exotic and luxurious hotel possible. The hotel miraculously combines a tropical coastline with a ski resort. The 'masters' wear white which calls to mind the uniform of the righteous in the Garden of Eden, or traditional colonial dress, or a summer fashion collection. The 'masters' possess all of the characteristics of the human race - they are all ages and types and from all social backgrounds. Here is the university professor, the broker, the society beauty, the intellectual. Trimalchio's 'servants' are young, attractive representatives of all continents who work in the vast hospitality industry as housekeeping staff, waiters, chefs, gardeners, security guards and masseurs. They are dressed in traditional uniforms with an ethnic twist. The 'servants' resemble the brightly-colored angels of a Garden of Eden to which the 'masters' are only temporarily admitted.

On one hand the atmosphere of 'The Feast of Trimalchio' can be seen as bringing together the hotel rituals of leisure and pleasure (massage and golf, the pool and surfing). On the other hand the 'servants' are more than attentive service-providers. They are participants in an orgy, bringing to life any fantasy of the 'masters', from gastronomic to erotic. At times the 'masters' unexpectedly end up in the role of 'servants'. Both become participants in an orgiastic gala reception, a dinner in the style of Roman saturnalia when slaves, dressed as patricians, reclined at table and their masters, dressed in slaves' tunics, served them.

Every so often the delights of 'The Feast of Trimalchio' are spoiled by catastrophes which encroach on the Global Paradise...

The Feast of Trimalchio film was featured at the 17th Sydney Biennale [2] and the 53rd Venice Biennale.
ERWIN OLAF Works 2000 - 2010
Date: Jun 18 , 2012 - Aug 31 , 2012
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Artist: Erwin Olaf
Erwin Olaf was the first artist Art Statements exhibited in Hong Kong in 2004. In 2012, for the inaugural exhibition of our new space, we are showing works done by the Dutch artist from 2000 to 2010.

Born in1959 in Hilversum (the Netherlands), lives in Amsterdam.

Erwin Olaf's art visualizes implicitly the unspoken, the overlooked, that typically resist easy documentation. Olaf's trademark is to address social issues, taboos, and bourgeois conventions in a highly stylized and cunning mode of image making. With his razor-sharp aesthetic intuition, Olaf purposely conceals his themes, so that the viewer has to accept the initial concealment in Olaf's photo series. Yet in the end, his unconventional style never misses to deliver dramatic visual and emotional impact.By taking care of the scenic and lightning design, and the utmost perfect composition in his typical, immaculate 'Olafian' way, together with his passion for flawlessly conceiving scenarios, Olaf vividly captures the essence of contemporary life.

Mixing photojournalism with studio photography, Olaf emerged on the international art scene in 1988, when his series Chessmen was awarded the first prize in the Young European Photographer competition. This award was followed by an exhibition at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany in the same year. Deliberately disturbing and intended to raise awareness, Olaf committed himself in his earlier work on the subject of social exclusion in which he explored issues of class, race, sexual taste, beliefs, habits and grace. In his recent series Rain (2004), Hope (2005), Grief (2007) and Fall (2008) Olaf challenges the notion of domestic bliss. Dusk (2009) and Dawn (2010) show how culture can become repression, despite a beautiful appearance. A similar disengagement takes place in Olaf's Hotel (2010) series in which he explores the subtle range of detached melancholic emotions in dimly-lit exquisitely furnished 1950s hotel rooms.

Erwin Olaf has had numerous important group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including George Eastman House, Rochester, USA; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Kunsthalle, Winterthur, Switzerland and the Museum of the City of New York, New York. Solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Bilbao Art Centre, Bilbao, Spain; Groninger Museum, Groningen; MonteVideo, Amsterdam; Modern Art Gallery of Bologna, Bologna, Italy; Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia; The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague; Photo Museum Antwerp, Antwerp; Institut Néerlandais, Paris; Domus Artium, Salamanca; Hermitage, Amsterdam; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. His work is part of the collections of Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Groninger Museum, Groningen; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; FNAC Collection, Paris; CaldicCollection, Rotterdam; Rosenblum Collection, Paris; Orefa Collection, Paris.
Stephan Balkenhol
Date: Nov 26 , 2011 - Jan 28 , 2012
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Artist: Stephan Balkenhol
Internationally praised and acclaimed for revitalising the tradition of the figurative statue – which has been largely abandoned by mainstream minimal and conceptual art trends since the 1960’s – Balkenhol deliberately avoids specific narrative references in order to depict the familiar yet anonymous ‘Everyman’, common men and women, rather than the usual historical heroes and heroines generally associated with classical sculptures in his work.

A student of German conceptual sculptor Ulrich Ruckiem in Hamburg, Balkenhol had an explorative and creative approach to sculpture and ‘human form’ that can be described and seen as a reaction to our current understanding and engagement of traditional and contemporary art. His use of distorted proportions, ordinary clothed figures and an often unusual choice of animals inject a sense of humour into this familiar and expected art form, creating an easily accessible yet intimate aesthetic that has generated a wider appeal for the mass public.

Balkenhol applies and extends the same concepts to his drawings and wood relief works. His drawing, often based upon his own imagination as he has seldom worked with real-life models, echoes the essence of his sculptural work with a childlike sensibility. Meanwhile, his wood relief recalls traditional portraiture, yet simultaneously resonates with a contemporary photography of youth by Thomas Ruff and Jeff Wall. The nonchalant and distant facial expressions on the young men and woman in Balkenhol’s reliefs give nothing away, concealing a mysterious quality surrounding the subjects.

Stephan Balkenhol was born 1957 in Fritzlar (Hasse), Germany and currently lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Meisenthal, France. He has been exhibited extensively since the early eighties, including the prestigious and prominent “Skulptur Projekte in Munster’ (The Munster Sculpture Project) in Germany, The Saatchi Gallery in London, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, Japan’s National Museum of Art in Osaka and the Tokyo Opera City Gallery, 'Africus: Johannesburg Biennale '95' in South Africa, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) Berlin in Germany and the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland

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