Highlight #17: Expanded era of Contemporary Art
Art in Japan, UK, Denmark, and Australia
Japan, Tokyo <DINH Q. LÊ_MEMORY FOR TOMORROW>
25 July ~ 12 October 2015_Mori Art Museum
Dinh Q. Lê, an internationally renowned Vietnamese-American artist, transports the history of war and his personal memories in his work. As this year marks the 40th anniversary since the end of the Vietnam War, Lê examines tales of those who experienced the turmoil. Born in a town near the Cambodian border, Dinh Q. Lê himself was a victim of the war. Using his childhood experiences to provide background, he subjectively explores various social issues while maintaining an objective presentation on the relationship between art and society at the same time.
Lê studied photography and media art, and developed a particular “photo weaving” technique that consists of weaving strips of photographs. His dynamic works are on display in the exhibition, which appears almost like a collection of Vietnamese artisanal handiwork. His installations and videos also recall the tragic history of Vietnam and personal memories of wars. His latest videos include Japanese history, examining the impact of the Vietnam War on Japanese society. In this exhibition Lê offers a timely opportunity to think about our past, present and future.
2003 C-print and linen tape Collection: Ann and Mel Schaffer Family, New York Photo courtesy: Bellevue Arts Museum, WA
<Come Back to Saigon(from the series 'Vietnam Destination of the New Millenium')>
2005 Digital print Courtesy: Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland
<The Farmers and the Helicopters>
2006 3-channel color video with sound, handcrafted full-size helicopter Collaborating Artists: Hai Quoc Tran, Le Van Danh, Phu-Nam Thuc Ha, Tuan Andrew Nguyen Commissioned by Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia Installation view:
U.K., London <CARSTEN HÖLLER_DECISION>
10 June ~ 6 September 2015_Hayward Gallery
Carsten Höller’s series of participatory works invite people into a world of delight. This exhibition presents a wide range of Höller’s works, from new commissions to early artworks. The featured kinetic sculptures, installations, videos and light works embody his interest in psychological consciousness, and challenge our perception of time and space.
As implied in the title, decision-making is the main theme of the show. Through the exhibition visitors are made to reflect on the choices and decisions they make.
Even entering the gallery begins with a decision. The gallery has two separate entrances so that visitors may take different paths to explore the space. Most of the works are actively engaging, encouraging visitors' physical and mental interaction. Once they enter the exhibition space, the visitors themselves become a part of the art.
A recurring motif of duplicates is meant to confuse visitors as they choose between identical items. While such decisions may seem insignificant at first, they ultimately lead to a dramatic finale. Höller’s playful and bold works transform an orderly gallery space into a vibrant and whimsical playground.
2015 © Carsten Höller. Installation View Carsten Höller l Decision, Hayward Gallery, London 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Photo © Linda Nylind
2015 During installation of Carsten Höller- Decision at Hayward Gallery, Courtesy the artist and LUMA Foundation. Photo: David Levene
<Upside Down Goggles>
2014 © Carsten Höller. Installation View Carsten Höller l Decision, Hayward Gallery, London 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Photo © Linda Nylind
Denmark, Aarhus <E.B. ITSO_BUILDING STORIES>
13 June ~ 20 September 2015_ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum
E.B. Itso is a young Danish artist who travels to unknown places to find inspiration and materials for his art. His photos, videos and sound works lead visitors to join the journeys he takes. Throughout this exhibition, Itso shares stories of forgotten and hidden spaces, gathered from his travels to locales around the world.
The exhibition includes a journey to the center of the earth, constructions built by the artist and the facades of demolished houses. Overall, the show accentuates Itso's engagement with those living on the edges of society.
He explores the places, objects and people who are often overlooked and neglected, or considered unimportant. The highlights of the exhibition are photographs and installations made of traces of refugees left behind. Throughout his years of travel, the artist collected residual materials such as rags, maps and remnants of boats. For this exhibition, Itso presents a collection found on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Journey with Itso and reflect on those that have been overlooked.
<Island of The High Sea>
<Clandestine Boat Cemetery II>
Australia, Melbourne <DAVID BOWIE_DAVID BOWIE IS>
16 July ~ 1 November 2015_Australian Centre for the Moving Image
In the field of music, David Bowie is one of the most influential composers and musicians. In the field of visual art, he is recognized as a painter and collector of fine art. This retrospective offers a look at Bowie's extensive career as an artist working in multiple genres. Following World War II, Bowie introduced a new culture and style to British society and inspired movements in art, theater, music and technology. This exhibition explores his ground breaking music and art, both visually and aurally.
The highlights of the show are his pioneering performance and fashion photographs. They embody Bowie as an artist, as a figure who led experimental and innovative changes worldwide. Professional portraits taken by notable photographers are placed alongside visual projections and his music. For those who are already fans of Bowie or are looking for a nostalgic glimpse and original pop culture, this exhibition offers a perfect chance to gain new insight. ■ with ARTINPOST
<Striped bodysuit for 'Aladdin Sane' tour>
1973 Design by Kansai Yamamoto Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita
<Cut up lyrics for 'Blackout' from Heroes>
<Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane>
1973 Photograph by Brian Duffy