Gallery: Pékin Fine Arts
Artist(s): Phénix Varbanov
Opening / Event Date: 28 Jul, 2023
Closing / End Date: 30 Sep, 2023
Lucie Chang Fine Arts is pleased to present Basics of A Revenge, a solo exhibition of Japanese artist Tai Ogawa. Featuring a new body of works, the show is an ode to Ogawa’s childhood and entertainment culture of Japan, as well as a conscious response to the pandemic and other turning points in his life. Basics of Revenge opens on 18 November and runs until 18 December 2021. This is the artist’s first exhibition in Hong Kong.
Exhibition: 18 November – 18 December 2021
Opening Hour: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (Tue – Sat)
Lucie Chang Fine Arts: Unit C, 12/F, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong (Wong Chuk Hang MTR Exit A)
Artists: Tai Ogawa
As Ogawa explained in his artist statement, his recent practice focuses on creating three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional plane. Inspired by both analog and digital processes, Ogawa’s works blend abstraction and figuration, reality and fiction, originality and reproductions, constantly defying codified expectations of cultural motifs and their perceptions. His works borrow conventions from sources as diverse as manga, games, sci-fi – which he was immersed in during childhood – to Japanese gangster movies, talks show personalities, and Buddhist iconography, reflecting the fragmentation characteristic of contemporary experience.
Testament to his unique style, Don’t repeat yourself takes obvious influences from programming and seamlessly blends with a portrait of his two-year-old daughter who is currently learning to speak, and a motif of Monk Kuya, a holy Japanese monk from the 10th Century. Similarly, Once and Only Once embeds the concept of programming by only allowing himself to paint with limited patterns just like some iPad applications.
Drawing on the artist’s personal experience of mortality, Mind Game, one of the highlight works from the show is an introspection of a turning point in Ogawa’s career. After a severe injury from a bike accident, Ogawa realized instead of creating something just to shock, he wants to leave a legacy. Constantly challenging himself on both his subject matter and artistic style, Ogawa picked up an iPad during the many months on the hospital bed and discovered its design functions which he later re-appropriated into his paintings. Saturated with glowing and electric hues, Mind Game is a visual manifestation of his feelings and contemplations. The multiple cultural influences such as the triptych by Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights as well as an influential animated Japanese experimental film in the early 2000s, Mind Game, is consistent with Ogawa’s oeuvre and encourage reinterpretation of conventional thematics.
Lucie Chang Fine Arts 很高興呈現日本藝術家小川泰 (Tai Ogawa) 的個展《復仇的基礎》，是藝術家在香港的首次展覽。是次展覽將會展出全新的作品系列，主要想歌頌小川的童年和日本的娛樂文化，也是對COVID-19和他生命中其他轉折點進行理性的回應。 Basics of Revenge 將於 11 月 18 日開幕，展出至 2021 年 12 月 18 日。
開放時間：10:00 am – 7:00 pm（週二至週六）
Lucie Chang Fine Arts：香港黃竹坑黃竹坑道65號志昌行中心12樓C室（黃竹坑港鐵A出口）
他獨特的創作風格，《Don’t repeat yourself》受到程式設計的明顯影響，並完美融合他正在學習說話的兩歲女兒以及十世紀的日本神聖僧侶 – 空也僧侶的描繪。同樣，Once and Only Once 嵌入了程式設計的概念，就像某些 iPad 應用程序一樣，小川只允許自己用有限的圖案進行創作。
本次展覽的一大亮點作品《思維遊戲》借鑒了藝術家對死亡的個人經歷，小川對職業生涯轉折點的反思。在因自行車事故受重傷後，小川意識到與其創造一些令人震驚的東西，不如為世人留下深遠的影響。小川不斷在創作題材和藝術風格中挑戰自己，在病床上的幾個月中的某一日，小川在使用 iPad時，發現了它的設計功能，後來他將其重新運用到他的畫作中。《思維遊戲》充滿了熾熱的電光色調，視覺顯現出他的感受和沈思。小川的藝術品與多種文化影響的作品，例如 Hieronymus Bosch《人間樂園》的三聯畫以及 2000 年代初期頗具影響力的日本動畫實驗電影 《Mind Game》相符，他的作品亦鼓勵大家對傳統主題進行重新詮釋。