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Finding Utopia

Artify Gallery

Finding Utopia, a group exhibition by Sarah Tse, Kyung Eun You, Kakeru Asai, Gabriel Beghi, Jun Cen and the artist duo: Chinmuki, who are all currently based in New York. Curated by Sarah Tse, Finding Utopia will show at Artify Gallery from 22nd March – 30th April 2016.

Finding Utopia is an exposé of the journeys of seven emerging international artists currently based in New York. Hailing from Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan, and France, the artists followed the footsteps of their heroes and heroines – Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono, Ai Wei-Wei, Cai Guo-Qiang, and Wangechi Mutu – leaving their homes and comfort zones, and finding their utopia in New York. In this foreign, unforgiving art landscape, the artists have struggled; they have made mistakes; they have been disheartened; but they have never given up embracing New York as their artistic nirvana. From creating a studio practice in the budding artistic neighbourhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn, to making ends meet by running exhibition spaces in the Lower East Side, to returning to art school to develop new techniques, these artists lead vastly different lives but share the same dream: to ‘make it’ as genuine in New York

This exhibition assembles artwork from a wealth of medium and techniques, placing the seven artists’ backgrounds and perspectives into full juxtaposition. Selected works include mixed media drawings by Sarah Tse, watercolour paintings by Kakeru Asai, multimedia works by Chinmuki, pencil and acrylic paintings by Jun Cen, etchings and colour viscosity prints by Kyung Eun You, and lithographs and sculptures by Gabriel Beghi. All works have been created within the last five years in New York. The over 40 pieces of work from the seven artists are meant not to complement each other or form a cohesive unit; the stylistic contrasts and almost cacophonic ambience conceived for the exhibition space mirror the aspects of diversity and experimentalism much embraced in the New York art scene. ‘Finding Utopia’ galvanises the audience into deciphering the artists’ different identities and their sentiments experienced throughout their times in New York.

2016年3月22日 - 2016年4月30日
開放時間: 10:00 - 19:00(星期二至五) / 11:00 - 19:00 (星期六)

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