Opens Tonight, May 29, 6-8p:
“Material → Object”
Gao Rong, Li Hongbo, Li Hongjun, Wang Liwei, Wang Lei, & Ye Sen
Eli Klein Fine Art, 462 W Broadway, NYC (bt Prince and Houston)
Six artists work with various media such as paper, cloth, wood, and leather, and employ techniques that allow them to explore the possibilities of their craft, giving traditional handicrafts a new level of artistic value. Rediscovering neglected objects, questioning reverence for history and tradition, and contesting society’s restrictions on thinking, Material → Object examines Chinese societal issues through the reconceptualization of chosen techniques. Although they start from individual points of investigation, remembrance, and self-expression, the artists all use their unique artistic process to reimagine contemporary China. - thru July 19
Continues through December 17th, 2011:
”The End of Gravity”
Mary Boone Gallery, 745 Fifth Ave, NYC
Jacob Hashimoto uses traditional kite-making techniques to create distinctive works comprised of hundreds of bamboo and paper elements strung together and suspended between parallel dowels to form fragmented and layered fields. The works take into account the spatial considerations of sculpture and the pictorial devices of painting, operating as a hybrid between what are conventionally separate disciplines.
For this new body of work, Hashimoto references another artistic practice: each individual kite element portrays a graphite drawing. Values ranging from lightly hatched gray to dense black complement translucent white paper, replacing the kaleidoscope palette of cut paper collage evidenced in previous works. The subtle hand introduced by the traced and meandering pencil lines accentuates the intricate construction of the works’ foundation.