Beijing :: Osage at China International Gallery Exposition: 09.28.2017 - 10.01.2017


Osage Gallery is pleased to announce the participation of Li Xinping at 13th edition of the China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE) Beijing 2017 with a solo exhibition titled "Li Xinping: Dynamic Rationalism and Solitary Oneness”

The art of Chinese artist Li Xinping speaks to the language of rationalism. In his work, motifs, sequences, geometrics, mathematics, and dialectical oppositions orchestrate harmonious melodies, dancing on canvases, dynamic yet with restraint. Propositions bloom and transmute detailed and grand rendering into gentle touches and sober contemplations on truth, existence and the universe.

The artist’s intuitive grasp of colour, aura and composition erase the boundary of time and space, as if the ancient philosophers are here with us gazing at the universe on a starry night. Together, they think and explore. Li Xinping’s work is an idealised machine in perfection and reminiscent of a zen monk in meditation. It’s both an equation and a guess. In his work, silence, vibrancy, art and science encounter an oil paint ground, with a common tool of creative imagination.

Li Xinping is a substantial thinker, and his work shows a steady range of development, over time his focus has shifted from a reliance on perception to rationalist elements as he progressed from painting objects and scenery in daily life to depicting geometrics and mathematical theories. A new angle to explore and question the existence of physical universe has emerged. Li’s sense of colour is derived from study of spectrum in the field of physics. His work constitutes a personal reflection of a dialectical opposition between rationalism and tangible experiences, here, on his canvas, art and science seems to have found something in common.

Technology ventures ceaselessly with our time, or even ahead of our time, and our external world is ever enriching, while Li Xinping bravely explores the truth of existence. His struggle and willingness to experience defeat along the way is the direct source of his creativity.

Li Xinping’s work does not attend to any spiritual revelations, they are enlightened rationalistic melodies played in silence. Those shapes and surfaces may come from an imagination or a theory that mathematicians have been working on. They are the evidence of our never ending pursuit of truth, the beauty of truth. As the Austrian poet Rilke put it:

"If only we could discover
such a singular human place-
pure, determined, self-contained,
our own fruitful soil between
the river and the stone!”

Booth No: A11

VIP Preview:
Thursday, 28 September | 15:00 – 22:00

Public Fair Dates and Hours:
Friday, 29 September –  Saturday, 30 September | 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday, 1 October | 10:00 – 17:00

Address:
Exhibition Hall 11, National Agriculture Exhibition Center, Beijing, China.

 

 

:: Hong Kong : Madagascar 200,000,038 Years of Beauty: 06.09.2017    07.10.2017


Two hundred million years ago trees fell in the forests of what later would become the island of Madagascar.  Over vast periods of time, these trees were transformed into fossils known as petrified wood.
Osage has the largest collection of petrified wood ever seen in Hong Kong.  More than 1,500 pieces, some weighting well in excess of 200 kg will set the scene for a voyage of discovery through 200,000,038 years of Malagasy history. 
Some of these fossils still look like wood on the outside but when cut and polished take on the quality of precious stones. 
These objects are a tangible part of our past.  They embody notions of time, history, creation, evolution, disaster, extinction, survival, transformation and regeneration.  By looking to the past we are able to engage with the future in myriad ways including climate change, technological change and our own evolution and survival as a species.
The exhibition also features work by Chan Sicpo, a naive (self-taught) artist whose work reflects the colours of the people of Madagascar, and the land that sustains them.

Artists: Chan Sicpo
Exhibition Period: 06.09.2017    07.10.2017
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm  Sun:2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Open to special appointments outside of these times. Closed on public Holidays.
Venue: Osage Hong Kong, 4/F, 20 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Enquiries: Shawn Tang: shawntang@osagegallery.com / +852 2172 1697
Psyche Ma: psychema@osagesigma.com / +852 2172 1683

 

 

 

:: Switzerland : Interval In Space: 22.07.2017 – 29.10.2017

The Osage Art Foundation and Fundaziun NAIRS Contemporary Art Centre are proud to present Interval in Space, a Hong Kong - Switzerland Cultural Exchange Project, co-organised by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong.

The project begins in July 2017 when a group of young Hong Kong artists will travel to the village of Scuol in the picaresque Engadin valley in south-eastern Switzerland in order to take part in a residency program and to share information about their artistic practices with a group of artists from Switzerland and Austria.

The five participating artists from Hong Kong are Au Hoi Lam, Nadim Abbas, Sarah Lai, Lee Kit and Kingsley Ng.  The artists from Switzerland and Austria are Beat Feller, Zilla Leutenegger, Matthias Liechti, Boris Rebetez and Judith Fegerl.

The project includes an exhibition in Switzerland from 21 July 2017 to 29 October 2017 and then later in the year will continue in Hong Kong with a residency for the Swiss and Austrian artists and an exhibition at Osage Hong Kong from 15 December 2017 to 28 January 2018. 

The project is curated by Harald Kraemer (Switzerland / Hong Kong), Janine Stoll (Switzerland) and Charles Merewether (Hong Kong).

Scuol in Switzerland is a centre for the rich Romansch culture that is a descendant of the spoken Latin language of the Roman Empire.  During their stay, the Hong Kong artists will explore this culture and later reflect upon their experiences for their exhibition in Hong Kong.

In Switzerland the Hong Kong artists will show work that they hope will resonate with their hosts.  Nadim Abbas will show an animated crashing waterfall but as seen through a typical Hong Kong apartment window.  Kingsley Ng will show a work that is a reflection on the supply of water.  Sarah Lai will show work that comments on the crowded nature of Hong Kong.  Lee Kit's interest is to redefine how we identify with the everyday by staging communal activities with his artworks and to seek an uncanny interpretation of an object.     Au Hoi Lam will explore the nature of language with an installation that examines the process of translating a Cantonese pop song into English, French, German, Italian and then into a dialect of Romansch.

The project is generously supported by Presence Switzerland; Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council; City and Kanton Bern; Kulturpauschale Kanton Basel-Stadt; Stiftung Temperatio; lotsremark.net; City University of Hong Kong and the School of Creative Media; The Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Swiss Exhibition: Contemporary Art Center NAIRS PF 71, Nairs 509, CH-7550 Scuol/Engadin

Opening Hours: Thu – Sun 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Vernissage: 21.7.2017, 5 pm
Exhibition: 22.07.2017 – 29.10.2017
Artist Talk: 22.07.2017, 11 – 12:30 pm

Hong Kong Exhibition: Osage Hong Kong
Exhibition: 15.12.2017 – 28.01.2018

Presented by: Osage art foundation, Fundaziun Nairs

Co-organized by: Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong

Supported by: Presence Switzerland, Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council, Kanton Bern, Kulturpauschale, Kanton Basel-Stadt,Stiftung Temperatio,City University of Hong Kong and the School of Creative Media,The Hong Kong Arts Development Council, The Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, lotsremark Projekte Basel

 

 

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