Japanese art collective Art Unidentified (AU) group show at Whitestone Gallery in Taipei

The Japanese art group Artist Union, or AU, was established by Masunobu Yoshimura along with other artists in 1975. However, it was found out later on that the name of the group was easily mistaken for a labor organization. Hence, the name of the group was changed to Art Unidentified, while still keeping the AU abbreviation. The late Japanese action painter Shozo Shimamoto, the founding member of the GUTAI Group and AU director, considered AU as a platform for artistic endeavors that provides artists opportunities and network with the world. Today, AU continues to welcome young and emerging artists.

The pieces collected below are part of the exhibit Shozo Shimamoto x AU Brother in Arms at Whitestone Gallery in Taipei.

 

Tsubasa Kono

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Takaaki Shiomi

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Yuhei Takada

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Misako Sato

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Ms&Mr Shu

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Masanori Nakao

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Fumiko Tanaka

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Kumie Kajihara

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Mad Rice

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Kohei Matsui

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Aki Tosei

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ARTIST miu

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Installation View of Shozo Shimamoto x AU Brother in Arms

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The late Russian artist Oleg Eremeev’s landscape and genre paintings

Oleg Eremeev (28 September 1922 – 16 March 2016) was a Soviet Russian painter and one of the representatives of the Leningrad School of Painting. He was renowned for his genre and portrait paintings. He died in 2016.

In this collection of landscapes and everyday life, he recorded his travels to Delhi, India, Russia, and Turkey.

The pieces collected here are from the private collection of Elsa Art Gallery, Taipei.  For more information, please contact the gallery.

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Taiwanese artist Hua Yeh’s paintings that deal with the relationship between time and space

Hua Yeh’s acrylic on canvas consists of interlocking lines and shapes which seem buoyant in space. These elements are brought together like puzzle pieces, creating a visual narrative that is embedded in the subconscious.

According to Yeh, “Each person has their own private, hidden space within their hearts, in there are a multitude of emotions that were never shown, hidden are the feelings of joy, shame, bitterness and guilt; because we are afraid that people see through us and discover them, so we avoid these emotions, gloss them over of hide them. However these embarrassing events are something we must face, are like a disease in life, and happen all the time within our mental space, they are not ugly, just a feeling in memory. Images from feelings in life and the memories have been put into my creation.” (via Showtime)

You can see more of the artist’s works through her Flickr, Instagram, and her  website.

This series called Mid Air is currently on view at Aura Gallery, Taipei from 25 August to 16 September.

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American artist Peter Opheim’s amusing clay sculptures and paintings

Looking at Peter Opheim works is like observing out of this world characters come to life. They seem to transform into totally different creatures when observed from different angles. With short but forceful brushstrokes, his characters look animated and frenetic in their actions. His paintings take on a clay-like three-dimensional quality, especially when observed from a distance.

The pieces collected here are recently shown at Powen Gallery, Taipei. For more info, please contact the gallery. This is the first time that the artist exhibited in Asia.

You can see more of the artist’s works on his website.

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Opheim starts by creating models from regular clay. When he’s done, he makes another model from polymer clay. He then bakes them at 135 degrees to harden the clay. The paintings are then made and the regular clay models destroyed. These smaller paintings come with polymer clay models. Once they are acquired by a collector, they are transported in a wooden box with the character’s name engraved on the lid.

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Russian artist Anna Berezovskaya’s whimsical paintings of Russian nobility and monarchs that reflect universal themes

Russian nobility and monarchs interspersed with other characters, objects, and landscapes fill the works of Anna Berezovskaya. Her works are an amalgamation of abstraction, realism, surrealism, and symbolism. Even though the characters in her paintings are whimsical, playful, and at times borderline fantastic, the themes of her paintings are based on her own experiences and imagination. The artist is also heavily inspired by Russian culture and literature.

At such a young age (She’s only 31!), Berezovskaya has already achieved technical mastery and found her own unique style which is easily recognizable. Her images are beautiful and full of details and symbols. However, they require some time to fully reveal themselves to you.

Anna Berezovskaya’s artworks are highly sought after by serious art collectors and investors in Russia, USA, Europe and Asia.

You can see more of the artist’s works on her website.

The pieces collected here are currently being exhibited at Gin Huang Gallery until 31 October.

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Photos courtesy of Gin Huang Gallery

 

Taiwanese artist Leo Wang’s abstract paintings

From a distant, the colors in Leo Wang’s paintings interact, forming sceneries resembling the Milky Way, a cityscape, or a landscape. Looking at his works closely reveal thin swabs of colors which alternate between dark and light shades. Sometimes the artist throws in a sharp white vertical line across the canvas. The effect is subtle, but is meant to be appreciated from far away.

The show Stargazers runs from 5 Aug to 27 Aug at Liang Gallery in Taipei.

Leo Wang currently lives and works in Paris, France.

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Five Korean artists depict humans as central figure in their work in a group show

This exhibition features five Korean artists who through paintings, sculptures, and mixed media gravitate around the idea that human beings can be a catalyst for change in areas as socially relevant as environmental protection and pop culture, and something as personal as love.

Influenced by the painter Francis Bacon and the abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning, Kim Byung Kwan aims to defamiliarize us with the way we see hollywood icons and celebrities and historical figures by deliberately smearing their faces with paint.  For the artist, seeing these faces everywhere becomes a habit and thus creates comfort. However, this also shuts down all other possibilities. (via artist website)

As of 2010, women in Korea are allowed to enroll in army reserve. In this work, the artist poses the question: How do women think of those who join the military service? Do they think they’re not bound by restrictive social status anymore?

Lim Jong-Doo‘s works depict a Utopian world where Man and Nature live in harmony. Women surrounded by flowers, fish , birds, and butterflies are the central figures in his paintings. The artist applies pigments onto the Korean paper in multiple layers until the right density and hue are achieved.

Everlasting love is the central theme in Cho Hye-Yoon‘s works. She sometimes bases the big-eyed characters in her paintings off movies like Léon: The Professional (1994) and La La Land (2016). The artist paints the dreamy background by spraying layers of acrylic paint multiple times, resulting in a delicate and misty atmosphere.

In Lim Eun Hee‘s mixed media on Korean paper, flowers and greens seem to “inhabit” her female figures, in that they seem to invade them. What I like about her work is that they are rich in details. There is no such thing as too much details in her work!

Kim Ki-Min channels her environmental advocacy through her sculptures that depict an innocent-looking human figure sitting on a shell or perched on a stand. This figure is the artist’s alter-ego who wishes to engage in a dialogue with the viewers and tell them that we should be living in harmony with Nature.

The show Character.Note runs from 29 July to 24 September at Art Influence in Taipei.

Taiwanese artist Hu Kun Jung’s geometric abstract paintings that examine movement and equilibrium

Geometric abstraction is a form of abstract art that employs geometric forms in non-representational compositions. It is pioneered by the Russian painter and art theoretician Kazimir Malevich.  Abstract expressionism, as practiced by Jackson Pollock, is the opposite of this art movement.

Hu Kun Jung’s paintings are examples of geometric abstraction. The pastel-colored and sometimes dark squares seem to be moving swiftly within the canvas and settling down slowly, gradually as the viewer looks into the painting.

The show Coordination Between Equilibrium and Mobility runs from 8 July to 19 August at Beyond Gallery in Taipei.

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Photos courtesy of Beyond Gallery

Taiwanese artist Chien-Chung Lin’s acrylic paintings:A throwback to childhood

When Chien-Chung Lin was still a child, he would carelessly ripped his clothes, like most children do, and his grandmother would mend them instead of throwing them away. The series of paintings collected here is a throwback to the artist’s childhood. Through his works, he attempts to transform memories into abstract landscapes that bear colors and textures resembling mended clothes.

The pieces collected here are part of the solo show The End of the Shadow at SLY Art Space in Taipei.

You can see more of the artist’s works on his blog.

 

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Japanese artists Katsuyoshi Inokuma and Tetsuo Mizu dual exhibition

Katsuyoshi Inokuma predominantly makes use of the ultramarine blue in his abstract paintings. For him this color provides a certain depth that other colors besides white and black do not. I like how the squares in his acrylic paintings, particularly in his pastel works, fade out into the background just like in the works of Mark Rothko.

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Tetsuo Mizu incorporated international maritime flags as motifs into his works. These flags are used to communicate with ships. While staying in Italy, he used to play with his daughter using flags. This inspired him to produce his latest abstract oil paintings that resemble combinations of these maritime flags. In contrast to Inokuma’s works, the edges of the shapes in his works form lines that look like crevices, making it look like these shapes fit like puzzle pieces.

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The show Harmonics runs from 8 July to 30 July at Whitestone Gallery, Taipei.