“Movement” opens on May 10th

Puerta Roja Presents an Exhibition with Galerie Denise René
Celebrating Historic Op and Kinetic Art Masters
Alongside Contemporary Artists


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromointerférence Spatiale Décembre, Chromography on aluminium, 40 x 60 cm, Ed. 8, Paris 1964/2017

Hong Kong – 18 April 2018 – Building on the major success of the first Asia solo show by Op and Kinetic art master Carlos Cruz-Diez held in May 2017, Puerta Roja is proud to present works by the acclaimed artist once again, and this time in a group exhibition celebrating the genre. Titled Movement, the show is organised together with the iconic Galerie Denise René from Paris, and features works by Cruz-Diez alongside his Op and Kinetic art contemporaries, whose careers were all catapulted by the renowned gallerist Denise René during the 1950s. On from 10 May to 21 July 2018, the exhibition displays both historical and more recent works by artists who have worked within the legacy of the historical movement into the 21st century, and presenting both an homage and ongoing outlook to the visionary spirit of Denise René.

Movement celebrates the collaboration between the two pioneering galleries, the Parisian Galerie Denise René and Hong Kong’s Puerta Roja. The title pays tribute to Denise René’s history-making exhibition Le Mouvement (1955) while referring to the osculating colours and forms that invite the viewer to be a part of the artwork as an active participant. The exhibition highlights the evolution of the movement in modern and contemporary art history, showcasing 15 works of art by the masters Carlos Cruz-Diez, Yaacov Agam, Jesús Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely, together with contemporary artists Gladys Nistor, Gruppo MID, Ventoso, Mariano Ferrante, Hans Kooi, Pe Lang and Olivier Ratsi. 

“It is an honour for Puerta Roja to host this collaborative exhibition with Galerie Denise René. I founded Puerta Roja in 2010, two years before Denise René’s passing at the age of 99. An icon in the art world for her innovative spirit and distinctive programme, Denise René always said that art must invent new paths in order to exist. With this exhibition, I trust that we are referencing her vision by opening new routes of Op and Kinetic art to Asian audiences, presenting masterpieces and artists previously unseen in the region, as well as introducing emerging talent side by side with the great masters. By bringing together both our stable of artists, we hope to highlight the connections between legacy and contemporaneity through the deeply universal, and still relevant, ideals of Op and Kinetic art,” said Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, Founder of Puerta Roja and Co-President of Hong Kong Art Gallery Association.

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Denise René at Vasarely, Galerie Denise René Rue de la Boétie, Paris, 1966 © Morain

 

Denise René opened her Parisian gallery after WWII with the first solo show by Victor Vasarely. After the chaos of the war, artists were fuelled by idealist notions of progress, inspired by science and mathematics they looked to change the world through reason and order. With the use of optical illusion and geometric patterns, the effect to confuse and stimulate the eye was produced. The incorporation of the viewer as a key component of the work, and the straightforward unpretentious representations, made the art inclusive, ultimately seeking to democratise the art experience. With a vision to spearhead ground-breaking exhibitions and support the careers of then unrecognised talent, Denise René ascertained her place in modern art history books with the 1955 exhibition Le Mouvement by featuring younger artists and showcasing them alongside already established ones such as Alexander Calder and Marcel Duchamp.

It was at Le Mouvement that Carlos Cruz-Diez was introduced to Denise René by his fellow Venezuelan contemporary, Jesús Rafael Soto. The two artists are prominently featured by Puerta Roja in the group exhibition Movement; Cruz-Diez’s Physichromie series (1959), and Chromointerference Spatiale Décembre (1964), use contrast and harmonization to generate virtual colours that change depending upon the viewers point of perception. El Ovalo Escarlata (2002), by Soto, features his iconic linear, kinetic construction with suspended metal rods in front of detailed patterns on wooden relief. The finely balanced, perpetually moving rods create ‘vibrations’ that extend into the surrounding space, connecting to the environment and breaking free from fixities of traditional painting.

Soon after the ground-breaking Le Mouvement show, Denise René’s position as the champion of Op and Kinetic art were cemented, and by 1965, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) solicited her help in assembling the historical exhibition, The Responsive Eye, where the term “Op and Kinetic Art” was first formally recognised.   

The strength of the philosophical ideals at the heart of the artists’ intent has ensured the movement’s lasting legacy and current revival. A myriad of retrospectives on the artists, the art movement and the gallery itself have taken place in the last 20 years, including The Intrepid Denise René, a Gallery in the Adventure of Abstract Art organised by the National Museum of Modern Art and held at the Centre Pompidou in 2001.

Today Op and Kinetic art continues to develop with the next generation of young artists. With strong roots in South America, the tradition is brought forward by important artists such as Argentinian artists Mariano Ferrante, Gladys Nistor and artist collective Ventoso. The contemporary continuation of the movement also travels across the borders, with French artist Oliver Ratsi, Dutch Hans Kooi and Swiss artist Pe Lang, who employ innovative materials and technology as well as contemporary advancements in computer sciences respectively to create new works in the spirit of Op and Kinetic art.

Running concurrently with Movement presented at Puerta Roja in Hong Kong, Galerie Denise René will showcase Moving Beauty: A View on International Kinetic Art at Shanghai Himalayas Museum in China from 16 June to 10 September 2018. Although the history of the Op and Kinetic art movement occurred in the Western art world, the content is highly relevant to Asian audiences and its presence continues to increase.

Adriana Alvarez-Nichol Appointed Co-President Alongside Angela Li

THE HONG KONG ART GALLERY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS ACCOMPANIED BY ITS BRAND-NEW LOGO DESIGNED BY HONG KONG RENOWNED ARTIST AND DESIGNER STANLEY WONG


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Hong Kong, 17 March 2018 – The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA) is pleased to announce new appointments within its Board of Directors. After five years of contributing as a founding Board member of HKAGA, former Vice-president of the Association, Adriana Alvarez-Nichol of Puerta Roja, has been appointed Co-President alongside Angela Li of Contemporary by Angela Li. The appointment comes as our former Co-President, Katie de Tilly of 10 Chancery Lane gallery, moves on to contribute to our strategic direction as Honorary Chair, President Emeritus.

Alvarez-Nichol founded Puerta Roja in 2010, the only gallery in Asia Pacific to specialize in Latin American and Spanish Art. She was one of the Board founding members since its foundation in 2012, contributing in several roles, most recently representing Hong Kong at the Asia Pacific Art Gallery Alliance. Adriana is a standing judge for the Women of Influence Awards in the Masters of the Arts category and an avid contributor and supporter of Hong Kong art organizations such as Para Site, Neptune and the Sovereign Art Foundation as well as other social charities. Under her guidance, Puerta Roja has become an influencing gallery in the local Hong Kong art scene and participates in the top international art fairs across Asia Pacific.

Alvarez-Nichol states: “I am honoured to take this new leadership responsibility at the Association after five years of serving on its Board. I have always been a staunch believer on the strength that comes from working together to expand the reach of art, our industry and the impact we can have in the community. I think the Association has achieved a lot in the last five years, firmly establishing the essential role that galleries play in the art ecology and building strong partnerships with other art organisations in Hong Kong and across Asia Pacific. We have engaged the collector and local community through an amazing programme of events that has grown every year. I look forward to working closely with Angela and the rest of our amazing Board to set the vision for the next five years and continuing to raise the bar for what we can achieve by working together. Our Board reflects the strength and diversity of the Hong Kong art gallery scene, and I am privileged to work with colleagues of such high professional standard in the industry”.

Catherine Kwai of Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery and Fabio Rossi of Rossi & Rossi will take up the positions of Vice-Presidents with Vincent Chan of Leo Gallery, continuing his duty as Director to responsible for Member Relations, Faina Derman of Sundaram Tagore Gallery as Programme Director, and Yas Mostashari Chang of Galerie Huit expanding her responsibility to become our Treasurer & Director for Community Engagement.

Fitted to the next stage for the Association, HKAGA’s new logo was designed by Stanley Wong/ 84000 Communications Limited. He is also known as “Another mountain man” (又一山人) and is one of the most dynamic and influential artist in Hong Kong. Stanley is well known for his Red White Blue series. The series of artwork based on the red-white-blue bags, which are commonplace in Hong Kong. The new logo that he designed for HKAGA reflects the vibrancy and identity of Hong Kong art galleries. The logo and branding will be rolled out first in our 2018 Art Gallery Guide released on 21 March 2018.

To view full press release, please find it here.

Adriana Alvarez-Nichol’s personal guide to Hong Kong Art Week Events

FIRST WEEKEND


Friday, 23rd March


(In)tangible Reminiscence |「觸到的回憶」Iwasaki Takahiro, Jung Yeondoo and Sarah Lai Exhibition | Opening Reception

6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Annex
2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central

Textile and clothing mediate between past and present, transmitting sunken memories through texture. Revisiting personal and collective memories of Hong Kong’s textile and fashion industry, three artists recall the obsolete process of modernisation of the industry by stimulating sensuous and emotional appreciation of fabric of memories through their new works.

Saturday, 24th March

Guanzhou and Shenzen Art Guided Tour | Organized by Times Museum
Saturday – Sunday
*log in as Art Basel VIP for details

A two-day art trip in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Guided tours of leading contemporary arts institutions including Design Society, Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Guangdong Times Museum, Mirrored Gardens, OCT Art & Design Gallery, and OCAT Shenzhen.

ART FAIR WEEK


Monday, 26th March


Harbour Arts Sculpture Park
All day
Harbour front/ Tamar Park
Download the app for a sound guided tour

Art Central 
VIP Private Preview: 2 – 5 pm
First Night: 5 – 9 pm
Central Harbour Front

Art Gallery Night
by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association
6 – 8 pm
Across Town. Click here for a map of participating Sheung Wan/Soho/Central galleries and look for the purple moon

Kick off the week at Hong Kong’s Harbourfront by discovering the first Hong Kong Sculpture park before heading to Art Central VIP preview.  Don’t miss Hong Kong’s Kacey Wong “Asteroids & Comets” right in-front of the fair. Visit Puerta Roja and our neighbours at the fair Contemporary by Angela Li and Sundaram Tagore. Finish your day with many gallery openings during Art Gallery Night. See map below for directions and taxi rank locations.

Tuesday, 27th March


Art Basel
Private View2 – 8 pm
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Women Make Art History
The Guerrilla Girls
Asia Art Archive
Booth P7

Emerald City
K11 Arts Foundation
VIP Opening Reception6 – 8:30 pm
Ground Level, Cosco Tower, 33 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan

During Art Basel’s VIP opening make sure to visit the Asia Art Archive booth. For their first new project in East Asia, the Guerrilla Girls examine the status of women at Art Basel itself and in the Hong Kong art world. Their installation at the deploys their signature blend of humour, bold graphics, and statistics culled from online and published sources to call viewers to action, and invites them to contribute with their own observations.
From our stable of artists, you know how much we love Geometric Abstraction, so I’m looking forward to ‘Emerald City’ a group exhibition of more than 40 works bringing to life a cross-section of artistic approaches to rethink and provide an exploration into how geometry influences our imagination.

 Wed, 28th March

Artist Talk: Huang Rui
VIP Talk9:30 – 11am
10 Chancery Lane
Central*log in as Art Basel VIP for details

Since meeting him in Beijing, and together with Wan Keping, Huang Rui is one of my favorite Chinese Avant Garde artists. A leader of the Stars group in the Post Mao area, the talk will be led by the author of The Phoenix Years, Madeleine O’Dea at 10 Chancery Lane.

Museum Talk: The Collecting Institution: Acquisitions and Representations
Agustín Pérez Rubio, Frances Morris, Michael Govan, Juan Andrés Gaitán, Eve Tam and András Szántó3
4 pm Art Basel

This panel discusses how an institution should maintain, build and edit its collection, asking what guidelines exist and how these respond to the demands that arise from specific contexts and needs. Agustín Pérez Rubio, Artistic Director of Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires and Juan Andrés Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City join the Directors of  Tate Modern, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Thursday, 29th March

A beast, a god and a line
VIP Brunch
10 am – 1 pm
Para Site 艺术空间
22F 667 King’s Road, Quarry Bay

Duddell’s | Performance and Party
9 – 11 pm
Duddell’s
Level 3, 1 Duddell Street ,Central
*log in as Art Basel VIP for details

Visit Para Site in the morning. Curated by Cosmin Costinas, this expansive travelling exhibition of 40 works from South and South East Asian artists is woven through the connections and circulations of ideas and forms across a geography commonly called Asia-Pacific. After a revisit to one of the art fairs visit Duddell’s for ‘I Was Not Invited’ by Berlin-based artist Leila Hekmat. A site-specific musical performance, and a development from the initial piece performed at Le Zèbre, Paris and Ballhaus, Berlin. Co-presented by Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi.

LAST WEEKEND


Friday, 30th March


Art Brunch
by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association
6 – 8 pm
Across Town
Click here for a map of participating galleries and look for the pink sun

Artist Talk: Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, in conversation with Doryun Chong, Chief Curator, M+
Art Basel11 am – 12 pm
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Room N101B

One of the most influential contemporary artists in the world, Orozco has mined values from his nomadic engagement in life. Orozco will narrate his experience of inhabiting in Asia and other parts of the world across varying medium. You can view his work at Mexican gallery kurimanzutto as part of Art Basel’s Kabinett sector.

Saturday, 31st Mach

Art After Party | LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia
6:30 – 10:30 pm
Asia Society
Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

If you haven’t seen the fantastic Robert Indiana exhibition at Asia Society, this is your chance to discover it whilst partying the night away with live music, an
Asian food night market and Mumm champagne.

 Sunday, 1st April

SCAD Tours and Children Workshops
Art CentralSeveral timings.
Booking essential.
 Art Central prides itself for its friendly and welcoming approach. In addition to amazing art, the fair organises activities for adults and children throughout. Have a great last Sunday lunch at some pretty amazing restaurants including Le Marche by Philippe Orrico and two of my Hong Kong favourites Beef Liberty and Limewood.

Puerta Roja presents a group show of Spanish and Latin American artists at Art Central 2018

Art Central (March 26 – April 1, 2018) with Laurent Martin ‘Lo’ and Cristina Moroño and more


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15 MARCH, 2018 – HONG KONG – Following a successful exhibition opening on February 28 of Laurent Martin “Lo” (ongoing until May 5th, 2018) and his gravity defying bamboo installations, Puerta Roja kick-started the gallery’s exciting March 2018 programming and now announces a return to Art Central for the third time. As one of the major participating galleries with a roster of key Spanish and Latin American artists, the carefully curated group show highlights Puerta Roja’s distinct focus on untraditional medium that defy rigid definitions of art.

At centrally located booth (B02), the gallery presents works by Hong Kong-based Cristina Moroño (Spain), Carlos Aguirre (Mexico), María García-Ibáñez (Spain), Javier León Pérez (Spain), Mariasun Salgado (Spain), artist collective Ventoso (Argentina), and Laurent Martin “Lo”. A highlight piece of the booth by “Lo” is Floating Tea House (2017), a large dome-like bamboo installation originally produced for the Wu Yuan Arts and Culture Centre in Taiwan. A fruit of the artist’s collaboration with the Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, this large work reflects his several-months-long journey along the country’s bamboo routes.

To continue the spirit of cross-cultural collaborations, Puerta Roja is teaming up with Soluna Fine Art, to feature three Korean artists as part of the installation, including a contemporary tea set by ceramics artist Kanghyo Lee, further celebrating the reference of eastern traditions  in contemporary art forms.

Unique collages marrying the East-West influences by Cristina Moroño, the locally based Spanish-born female artist, will be another focal point of Puerta Roja’s booth in Art Central.  Hailing from the artist’s most recent series Oriente, the artworks speak of Moroño’s personal connections to Hong Kong, where she has lived and worked since 2016. In her artistic practice, Moroño never ceases to experiment and innovate – the works presented at Art Central reflect this spirit, being a direct result of her latest experimentations with raw bamboo pulp. As a return to painting, she combines expressive abstract marks with layers of mixed media, embedding pages from old Chinese art theory books along the way. Utilising this process, Moroño creates exclusive collages, where each piece acts as an autobiographical memento from particular moments in her life.

Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, founder of Puerta Roja and recently appointed Co-President of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA), says: “We are thrilled to return to Art Central with a diverse roster of artists from Mexico, Argentina and Spain. The focus on works by Laurent Martin “Lo” and Cristina Moroño reflect how the gallery continues to contribute to diversity within the Hong Kong art scene, whilst highlighting our roots in the city by works inspired by and developed in Asia.”

Coinciding with the fair and currently on view at Puerta Roja’s gallery space in SOHO189 Art Lane until 5 May 2018 is Zhu Qi「竹氣」, the first solo exhibition of Laurent Martin “Lo” in Hong Kong. The exhibition is centred around the theme of wind and sails referring to Hong Kong’s maritime origins and seascapes. The artist’s gravity-defying bamboo sculptures swing in the air, drawing curves of harmony like the gracious strokes of Chinese calligraphy. His creations immerse the viewer in the physical and sensorial virtues of the organic material, closely bound to the forces of nature. Although from a Western perspective, the artistic practice of Laurent Martin “Lo” has developed around Eastern philosophical and spiritual beliefs he has encountered during his travels across Asia. “Lo” interprets the ancient and traditional material of bamboo whilst alluding to the balance of the four natural elements (earth, wood, fire and air).

“It is a great honour and pleasure to present my new bamboo works inspired by Hong Kong in Hong Kong at Puerta Roja.  My artistic practice was born out of fascination with bamboo, which I discovered over 10 years ago by pure chance. Since then my passion for this unique material has taken me all across Asia and I hope that Zhu Qi 「竹氣」 is one of many journeys still ahead on my bamboo routes,” says Laurent Martin “Lo”.

Both Laurent Martin “Lo” and Cristina Moroño will be present in Hong Kong during Art Central.

[Zhu Qi 「竹氣」by “Lo” is ongoing until May 5]

For full press pack please click here (available in Chinese as well).

Puerta Roja collaborates with Soluna Fine Art to curate “Floating Tea House” installation in Art Central 2018

“Floating Tea House”


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Laurent Martin “Lo” , Floating Tea House, weathered bamboo, titan braid thread, lead, 150 x 250 x 250 cm, 250 cm rotation diameter, 2017.

Puerta Roja is presenting for the first time at Art Central, bamboo sculptures by Laurent Martin “Lo”. Although from a Western perspective, “Lo”s artistic practice has developed around Eastern philosophical and spiritual beliefs he has encountered during his travels across Asia. Most recently the artist spent several months in Taiwan where he learned new techniques from bamboo masters, imparted lessons to emerging artists and exhibited at the museum exhibition, Bamboo Traces: Contemporary International Bamboo Art and Craft Exhibition, at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute. Puerta Roja is presenting his installation, “Floating Tea House” at booth B02, a work specially created for the Wu Yuan Arts and Culture Centre in Taiwan.

To continue the spirit of cross-cultural collaborations, Puerta Roja is teaming up with Soluna Fine Art, featuring three Korean artists in the “Floating Tea House” installation. Ceramics artist Kanghyo Lee, furniture artist Jihoon Ha, and textile artist Geum-seong Kang(VIIN) are all masters of their craft who advance traditional practices with contemporary interpretations

Soluna Fine Art emphasizes the idea of essential meaning and tradition of Asian art and crafts, connecting Asian contemporary artworks and objects with art collectors and galleries on an international level. Soluna Fine Art curate’s artworks through new and traditional forms of exhibitions, educational programs, and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Kanghyo Lee has spent over 30 years in the pursuit of a personal expression of the Korean buncheong, originally wanting to become a painter, he gradually mastered the skill of applying liquefied white clay to the surface of vessels and large platters. His work is part of important collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres, France; Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum, Korea and more.

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Kanghyo Lee, Buncheong Tea Set, Ceramics, Tea pot, Fair Cup, 3 tea cups, 2018

Jihoon Ha is an internationally acclaimed furniture artist, and the first Korean graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. He has been working to re-interpret traditional Korean furniture, giving tradition a new look, by developing his own designs based on everyday Korean furniture. His work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Frankfurt Modern Art Museum, the National Folk Museum of Korea and the National Hangul Museum in Seoul.

Geum-seong Kang(VIIN), a native of Andong, Gyeongbuk province in Korea, spent her childhood with her grandmother who made Hanbok, traditional Korean clothes. As the years passed and the pieces of cloth that she had touched and looked at from her grandmother came before her, the memories of the past became the art of the present. She has been invited to major events such as the ‘Korean Craft Exhibition’ in Milan, ‘Maison & Objet’ in France and ‘Horizon of Fiber Land’ in Taiwan. In 2015, the artistry of her patchwork was featured all over the world in a Korean edition of the Proust Chair by Alessandro Mendini, a master designer, which first appeared at the 9th Saint Etienne International Design Biennale in France.

Left: Jihoon Ha, Round Ban III, Aluminium, Oak, 385 x 385 x 240 mm, 2017 Right: Geum-seong Kang “Viin”, Vane Patterned Sitting Cushion, satin, 340 cm diameter, 2017

 

After “Lo”s success at KIAF 2017, Puerta Roja is delighted to deepen the connection between his hanging bamboo mobiles and Korean aesthetics. Partnering with Soluna Fine Art, this installation is curated with the philosophy of balance and simplicity, combing living and art to revitalize concepts from Eastern tradition.

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Zhu Qi 竹氣 – the chi or energy of bamboo – is the first solo exhibition in Asia by Laurent Martin ‘Lo’.

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 Laurent Martin ‘Lo’

28.02 – 05.05

Typhoon, weathered bamboo, titan braid thread, leads and ceramic ball, 225 x 210 x 125 cm, 260 cm rotation diameter, 2017

1 FEBRUARY, 2018 – HONG KONG – Puerta Roja is proud to present Zhu Qi「竹氣」, the first solo exhibition of Laurent Martin “Lo” in Hong Kong, with a new series of his bamboo artworks inspired by the artist’s travels to Hong Kong and the city’s iconic junk boats. Titled Zhu Qi, which is the literal meaning for chi or energy of bamboo, the exhibition is centred around the theme of wind and sails referring to Hong Kong’s maritime origins and seascapes. Zhu Qi will run from 28 February to 5 May to initiate the gallery’s 2018 programme.

 The exhibition displays a brand-new series of works from the artist’s Junk series, featuring the large-scale mobile installation Typhoon as one of the shows highlights. Although from a Western perspective, the artistic practice of Laurent Martin “Lo” has developed around Eastern philosophical and spiritual beliefs he has encountered during his travels across the Asian continent. “Lo” interprets the ancient and traditional material of bamboo whilst alluding to the balance of the four natural elements (earth, wood, fire and air).

The artist’s gravity-defying bamboo sculptures swing in the air, drawing curves of harmony like the gracious strokes of Chinese calligraphy. His creations immerse the viewer in the physical and sensorial virtues of the organic material, closely bound to the forces of nature. Following the knots and fibres of the plant, the sculpture is shaped using tension and fishing rods. Like Calder’s mobiles, the pieces follow mathematical laws of movement and balance, where his manipulation of the bamboo from solid canes to articulating contours creates elegant mobile sculptures. The result entails not only the bamboo itself, but the intangible hollow space within as well as the shadows and silhouettes they project. A fragile harmony is achieved through opposites: flexibility and strength, fullness and void, light and shadow, movement and quietness.

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Winter Newsletter 2018

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Weightless Matter | Gladys Nistor


 Closing Reception 01.02.18 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

[Hong Kong] Join us for the closing reception of Gladys Nistor‘s first solo show in Asia, Weightless Matter. This bewildering exhibition presents the artist’s new sitespecific series, Object de Lumiere. Every work is uniquely and intimately tailored to the gallery space. The works leave convention behind by breaking away from frame, canvas and three-dimensionality to fully occupy the environment. Come and celebrate these ground-breaking works with a glass of wine and insightful conversations.


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[London] Miguel Chevalier has started the New Year off with an outstanding project, installing Origin of the World – Bubble 2018 above Oxford Circus as part of Lumiere London 2018. Commissioned by the Mayor of London, this world-class light festival took place over four evenings, from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 January 2018. Inspired by the world of microbiology and the constant movement and division of cells, Chevalier (France), with software by Cyrille Henry, creates a new kind of “technological baroque” of everchanging universes, where organic and pixelated images mingle, change shape, speed up and slow down.


[Paris ] Carlos Cruz-Diez talks to Adobe Create Magazine at his Atelier in Paris. In this stunning video he shares his story of moving to Paris in the 1960’s and developing his practice alongside other members of the Optical and Kinetic art movement. Still hard at work at the age of 94, the master goes on to explain how todays technology has influenced his creative process, allowing him to executed concepts he could only dream of before.


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[Hong Kong] Puerta Roja is launching a new logo to celebrate eight years of Latin American and Spanish Art in Asia. We will shortly be releasing more information on our exciting upcoming programme.

Puerta Roja presents ‘Weightless Matter’, Gladys Nistor’s debut solo exhibition in Asia

Weightless Matter


Gladys Nistor

09.11.17 – 06.01.18

 

(Hong Kong, 29 September 2017) Puerta Roja is proud to introduce for the first time in Hong Kong the bewildering art of Argentinean artist Gladys Nistor. Weightless Matter presents all site-specific works breaking from traditional mediums and genres that expand the definitions of art and defy the perceptions of the viewer. The opening reception is kindly sponsored by the Consulate General of the Argentine Republic in Hong Kong and Macau, as part of the Hong Kong Argentinian Festival 2017. Gladys Nistor will be present to introduce her work to Asia and the event will include a special performance by the Hong Kong Ballet.

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Gladys Nistor, Untitled 1701, Objects de Lumiere, site-specific installation, variable dimensions, 2017

“I try as much as I can to avoid the tedious contact with matter”

Gladys Nistor

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Circle 1701, Aleph Series, black adhesive velvet and powder pigment on acrylic plinth, 70 x 70 cm, 2017

Gladys Nistor’s bodiless work is playful and paradoxical, floating in space, boldly illuminating an imaginary dimension. Nistor precisely balances light and dark in order to release objects from gravitational laws. By constructing intense contrast, the artist distils aesthetics down to their very core. With striking simplicity and intriguing illusion, she leaves the viewer bewildered. Eyes and mind are conflicted to question the mechanisms of both the work and our own perception of it.

Weightless Matter presents the artist’s site-specific new series Objets de Lumière. Every piece is uniquely and intimately tailored to the gallery space. The works leave convention behind by breaking away from frame, canvas and three-dimensionality to fully occupy the environment.

Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, founder of Puerta Roja says: “Over the last seven years Puerta Roja has constantly explored through the work of its stable of Latin American and Spanish artists the use of untraditional media, seldom presenting in its exhibitions traditional canvas painting. Glady’s work follows the path of non-objective or art to its limits. When I encountered the artist work I was at first mystified, but quickly curiosity evolved into a deep sense of reflection on the essence of perception, on the blurring lines between matter and light, on our own origin. I was engulfed by the simplicity and purity of Glady’s view of the world and the environment we live in”.

22291363_1504070902972209_991867688055947726_oWeightless Matter is kindly sponsored by the Consulate General of the Argentine Republic in Hong Kong and Macau, as part of the Hong Kong Argentinian Festival 2017. The gallery is extremely proud to share Argentinian culture with the local and international community, Argentinian wine will be served at the opening reception. The Spanish restaurant, La Paloma, located next to the gallery, will also take part in the festival by inviting Argentinian chefs to serve a special menu in conjunction with the opening reception of Weightless Matter. The Hong Kong Ballet is also involved in this event, performing on both the opening reception and during The Gallery Walk For Charity on the 21st of November. The Hong Kong Ballet wishes to reconnect with the visual art scene through this collaboration and diversify its audience. Puerta Roja is delighted to collaborate with different sectors of the creative industries in order to promote interdisciplinary creativity and a bring a unique experiences to the public. Gladys Nistor’s first solo show in Asia could not be more fitting for the HKAGA’s The Gallery Walk For Charity. This year, funds raised will go to support a range of charities relevent to art: The Women’s Foundation, Sovereign Art Foundation, The HKAGA Artists Residency Abroad Funding Scheme and HKAGA Arts Education Programmes.

Gladys Nistor was born in Argentina, studied Philosophy in Israel and in 1990, she received a scholarship from the French Government in to study fine art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1994, she received a Master in Fine Arts from the Université de Paris VIII. Experiencing early success in her home country, her work saw through the years a dramatic transformation increasingly focused on a minimal expression and subtraction of matter, giving her a growing presence in France and culminating in her participation in Painting Zero Degree. Inspired by Roland Barthes’ book “Writing Degree Zero”, curator Carlos Basualdo presented artists who were reducing their artworks through radical means, focusing on pictorial practices that fitted neither the concept of abstract paintings nor that of the ready-made.  Established names such as Robert Ryman and Daniel Buren were featured alongside ten emerging artists including Gladys Nistor. Presented by Independent Curators International (ICC) the exhibition toured museums in the USA for two years to great acclaim and where Nistor’s works claimed the limelight.

Disillusioned with the realities of “life as an artist”, Nistor took a step back from her practice to work as a designer in Paris for over a decade. However, the deep and incontestable emotional and spiritual necessity to return to her artistic work, brought her back in full force to produce her most innovative series of works. Objets de Lumière team not only with vitality but are also executed with the maturity of an artist that has gone through a process of deep introspection and reflection on life.

Puerta Roja is proud to present in Gladys Nistor in Asia for the first time in 2017 at a time when the artists career is reignited with full force.

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This year Puerta Roja returns to Art Taipei, presenting works by an outstanding roster of Spanish and Latin American artists led by Carlos Cruz-Diez

Laurent Martin ‘Lo’, Galactic Sister, Weathered bamboo, steel rings and hooks, titan braid thread, leads and ceramic ball,150 x 110 x 120 cm, 160 cm rotation, 2014 – 2016

 

 

This year Puerta Roja returns to Art Taipei, presenting works by an outstanding roster of Spanish and Latin American artists led by Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Carlos Cruz-Diez’ works have become part of the most prominent public collections including, amongst others, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, MoMA, Tate Modern, Georges Pompidou and The Museum of Modern Art Sydney. 

The booth will showcase a new series of mobile bamboo sculptures by Laurent Martin ‘Lo’. His works have been well appreciated in Asia. He was invited to participate in the Bamboo Traces Exhibition at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute and Taiwan Design Fair at the Wu Yuan Cultural Centre of Tainan. In the Korean International Art Fair (KIAF) held in September this year, Lo’s work was extremely well received, where nine works were acquired by prominent Korean collectors, including a highly regarded private museum, Koo House Museum of Art and Design.

Puerta Roja will also present the works of Miguel Chevalier, who has been selected by MOCA for a special project in conjunction with Art Taipei. As Cruz-Diez forged the way for Op-Art and Kinetic art, Chevalier is recognized as a progenitor of digital and virtual art. Along with numerous solo exhibitions in Europe, Chevalier has had prominent public installation commissions around the world. His work is held in the collections of prominent museums such as Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. 

Alongside Cruz-Diez, Chevalier and ‘Lo’ will be two of Puerta Roja’s rising artists, Javier León Pérez and María García-Ibáñez.  

(Hong Kong, 10 October 2017) Puerta Roja is returning to Art Taipei from the 19th to 23rd of October at the Taipei World Trade Centre. In line with Puerta Roja’s mission of promoting established and emerging contemporary Latin American and Spanish artists in Asia-Pacific, this exhibition will feature a selection of works by Franco-Venezuelan Op-Art master Carlos Cruz-Diez, Mexican digital pioneer Miguel Chevalier, Spain-based emerging artists Laurent Martin ‘Lo’, Javier León Pérez and Maria García Ibañez.

The highlight of this year’s participation will be the vibrant works by the internationally renowned Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. Dedicating his life to the rigours of research in colours, lines and perception, Cruz-Diez is one of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The artist is recognised as one of the founders of the Op-Art and Kinetic Art movements of the 1950s. New works from Physichromie, the artist’s most complex and celebrated series, will be at presented at the fair. Cruz-Diez began the series in 1959, using three-dimensional strips on a two-dimensional surface. Colours oscillate from one chromatic range to another, creating a kinetic experience in accordance to the viewers’ movement around the piece. The mathematically precise vertical bands harness the phenomena of colour reflection and interference to re-create mesmerising effects seen in nature.

His work has been well appreciated in Asia Pacific since 1988 when Physichromie Double Face was installed in the Olympic Park in South Korea. In 1990 the National Taiwan Museum made him part of their permanent collection. In 2001 the Spirale Virtuelle was installed in the Korean Folk village in Suwonsi. Cruz-Diez’ art is part of more than 60 major museum collections worldwide including MoMA, Tate Modern and Georges Pompidou. He has held multiple museum exhibitions, most notably the touring solo exhibition Circumstance and Ambiguity of Colour, across Asia in many national museums and leading galleries. The show was exhibited at Sang Sang Tok Tok Gallery in 2011 and to the great acclaim at The Jeonbuk Province Art Museum in 2012. Most recently, he also participated in Spatial Illumination – 9 Lights in 9 rooms at the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum. In addition, the artist executed numerous high profile public commissions and exhibitions in Australia, China, Japan, and Taiwan.

Whilst Cruz-Diez’ art betrays the fallacy of our vision to create a new mode of perception, Miguel Chevalier explores how the digital world offers a new way of seeing.  Since 1982, his art has been dedicated to the exploration of technology. Chevalier is known internationally as one of the pioneers of virtual and digital art. He has created dozens of projects variously incorporating video projections, virtual reality, holographic imagery and other forms. He has produced exhibitions and installations for galleries, museums and public spaces around the world. He has been awarded a number of architecturally-based commissions. Chevalier generative fractal flower series will be presented at the fair. Virtual flowers evolve with the cycle of seasons never repeating themselves. Unusual shapes, amazing colours, other artificial paradises are created.

In contrast to Chevalier’s digital practice, Laurent Martin ‘Lo’ generates work out of an intimate and hands-on interaction with a single natural material, bamboo. Like Calder’s mobiles, the sculptures follow strict mathematical laws of movement and balance. His manipulation of the bamboo plants from solid canes to thin and articulating contours, creates mobile sculptures where the artwork consists of not only the bamboo itself, but also the intangible hollow space within and the shadows and silhouettes they project. Lo’s exquisite creations are well appreciated internationally as well as in the Asia Pacific region. Lo was recently invited by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute to participate in the Bamboo Traces Contemporary International Bamboo Art and Craft Exhibition. This exhibition is a worldwide collaboration project, gathering artists and designers from many different countries and cultures, exploring bamboo, a traditional material in Asia, from a modern context.

In tune with Lo’s mobile bamboo sculptures will be the meticulous sculptural paper works by Spanish artist Javier León Pérez. In his stunning three-dimensional works, small elements of carefully cut Japanese paper overlay and interweave gracefully with each other. By repeating detailed processes, endlessly, fractal patterns emerged. Here the eyes are hypnotised by the flowing movement that entwines the macro and micro perspective together. These works have boundless interpretation, invoking associations to landscapes, tree roots or veins. In fact, this is because León Pérez’ extremely personal creative process follows the same structure as the underlying order of nature, as reflected in its organic forms. This concept has many parallels with the philosophical ideas of Li (理), and is also found in Neo-Confucian Chinese Philosophy.

Another rising Spanish artist, Maria García Ibañez, displays a simplicity of lines, purity and elegance that almost betrays the deep discourse and moral dilemmas that are embodied in the works of León Pérez. García Ibañez explores the hidden beauty beneath the elements, dissecting them and then reconstructing their essence and layers with a deeply feminine aesthetic.

Puerta Roja is delighted to announce its participation in KIAF with Carlos Cruz-Diez, Laurent Martin ‘Lo’, Javier León Pérez, Carlos Aguirre, María García-Ibáñez and Ventoso

Carlos Cruz Diez, Physichromie 1868, Chromography on aluminium, 100 x 150 cm, Paris 2013

 

Puerta Roja returns to KIAF for the fourth year, presenting works by an outstanding roaster of Latin American and Spanish artists led by Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st century.

Cruz-Diez is no stranger to Korea since the installation of his Physichromie at the Olympic Park and Spirale Virtuelle in the Korean Folk village in Suwon-si. He has held solo exhibitions at the Dream Forest Art Centre at the Sang Sang Tok Tok Gallery in Seoul. Most notably he had a greatly acclaimed show at the Jeonbuk Art Museum in 2012 and participated in Spatial Illumination – 9 Lights in 9 rooms at the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum.

Puerta Roja will also present a new series of mobile bamboo sculptures by Laurent Martin “Lo” who will be flying from Spain for the occasion. The artist work was extremely well received last year, with all works sold out to prominent Korean collectors by the second day of the fair.  

The booth will showcase Carlos Aguirre, one of the pioneers of conceptual art in Mexico, and three rising artists Javier León Pérez, María García-Ibáñez and Ventoso.

(Hong Kong, 6 September) Puerta Roja are returning to Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) for the fourth time. KIAF will take place from 21 to 24 September 2017 at Coex Hall A and B Seoul. In line with Puerta Roja’s mission of promoting established and emerging contemporary Latin American and Spanish artists in Asia-Pacific, this exhibition will feature a selection of works by Franco-Venezuelan Op-Art master Carlos Cruz-Diez, Mexican conceptual art pioneer Carlos Aguirre, Spain-based emerging artists Laurent Martin ‘Lo’, Javier León Pérez and Maria García Ibañez, and Ventoso from Argentina.

The highlight of this year’s participation will be the vibrant works by the internationally renowned Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. Dedicating his life to the rigours research of colours, lines and perception, Cruz-Diez is one of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The artist is recognised as one of the founders of the Op-Art and Kinetic Art movements of the 1950s. New works from Physichromie, the artist’s most complex and celebrated series, will be presented at the fair. Cruz-Diez began the series in 1959, using three-dimensional strips on a two-dimensional surface. Colours oscillate from one chromatic range to another, creating a kinetic experience in accordance to the viewers’ movement around the piece. The mathematically precise vertical bands harness the phenomena of colour reflection and interference to re-create mesmerising effects seen in nature. He also uses mechanisms of isolating and exaggerating colour by means of contrast and harmonisation which is used not only in this series but throughout his work. From observation and investigation into the wonders of colour, Cruz-Diez generates virtual colours, present in the eyes of the viewer but not in the physical support.

Cruz-Diez is part of more than 60 major museum collections worldwide including MoMA, Tate Modern and Georges Pompidou. His work has been well appreciated in Asia Pacific since 1988 when Physichromie Double Face was installed in the Olympic Park in South Korea. In 2001 the Spirale Virtuelle was installed in the Korean Folk village in Suwonsi. He has held multiple museum exhibitions, most notably the touring solo exhibition Circumstance and Ambiguity of Colour, across Asia in many national museums and leading galleries. The show was exhibited at Sang Sang Tok Tok Gallery in 2011 and to the great acclaim at The Jeonbuk Province Art Museum in 2012. Most recently, he also participated in Spatial Illumination – 9 Lights in 9 rooms at the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum. The artist has also executed numerous high profile public commissions and exhibitions in Australia, China, Japan, and Taiwan.

As one of the pioneers of conceptual art in Mexico, Carlos Aguirre has been exhibiting thought-provoking and socially conscious work for over 35 years. Over this time, the artist has produced a wide-ranging and dynamic range of works, resulting from a practice that incorporates three core elements: social, linguistic and material. Unlike many conceptual artists, the “idea” does not take precedence over the aesthetics and process of creation, on the contrary, they are vital to conveying the artist’s intent. From his background in design, Aguirre employs typography, graphic communication and material experimentation to eloquently address complex social issues. Experimentation lies at the heart of Aguirre’s creative process—the artist is constantly learning by means of trial and error with new materials and techniques. Whether the work untangles social structures, makes political statements or is simply a result of artistic investigation, Aguirre teases our minds to develop our own interpretations and reveals our own contradictions.

Aguirre has represented Mexico in different Biennales such as Paris, Sao Paulo and Havana. He obtained the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996 and has worked extensively in solo projects for some of the most prestigious contemporary art museums in Mexico, including MAM (Museum of Modern Art), MUAC (Contemporary Art National University Museum) and Museo del Chopo.

Juxtaposing works by the two pioneers will be the mobile bamboo sculptures by Spain-based French artist Laurent Martin ‘Lo’. Lo’s bamboo sculptures immerse the viewer in the physical and sensorial virtues of the organic material. Closely bound to the forces of nature, Lo’s bamboo sculptures follow strict mathematical laws of balance and movement. His creations are gravity-defying, swinging in the air and drawing curves of harmony like the gracious strokes of Chinese calligraphy.

Lo developed deep insight and knowledge into bamboo’s properties and craftsmanship through his travels to Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Taiwan. His exquisite bamboo creations are well appreciated internationally as well as the Asia Pacific Region. Lo was recently invited by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute to participate in the Bamboo Traces Contemporary International Bamboo Art and Craft Exhibition. This exhibition is a worldwide collaboration project, gathering artists and designers from many different countries and cultures, exploring bamboo, a traditional material in Asia, from a modern context. His works have also been acquired by prominent collectors including Hong Kong renowned architect and collector Mr. William Lim.

As well as being well received across Asia, Lo’s bamboo sculptures were particularly prominent last year at KIAF. All of the works exhibited were acquired by prominent Korean collectors by the second day of the fair. For this year’s edition, Puerta Roja is bringing an even wider and further developed collection of Lo’s works as a result of his extreme popularity. The artist will also be present during the occasion.

In tune with Lo’s mobile bamboo sculptures will be the meticulous sculptural paper works by Spanish artist Javier León Pérez. In his stunning three-dimensional works, small elements of carefully cut Japanese paper overlay and interweave gracefully with each other. By repeating detailed processes, endlessly, fractal patterns emerged. Here the eyes are hypnotised by the flowing movement that entwines the macro and micro perspective together. These works have boundless interpretation, invoking associations to landscapes, tree roots or veins. In fact, this is because León Pérez’ extremely personal creative process follows the same structure as the underlying order of nature, as reflected in its organic forms. This concept has many parallels with the philosophical idea of Li (理), a concept found in Neo-Confucian Chinese Philosophy.

León Pérez is the recipient of numerous awards in Spain and his work on Japanese paper was recognised in the Paper Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Museum Rijswijk in the Netherlands, and the Biennale of Contemporary Art Lalin in Spain. León Pérez’ works have been acquired by important Spanish collections, including La Caixa Foundation and DEARTE, and by prominent collectors in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines and Korea.

Another rising Spanish artist, Maria García Ibañez, displays a simplicity of lines, purity and elegance that almost betrays the deep discourse and moral dilemmas that are embodied. García Ibañez explores the hidden beauty beneath the elements, dissecting them and then reconstructing their essence and layers with a deeply feminine aesthetic. María’s works reflect a marriage, a reconciliation between science and aesthetics, contemporary digital techniques and traditional craftsmanship, the views of the old and the ‘new’ worlds, the anatomical construction of the human body and its soul, strength and vulnerability.

García Ibañez has participated in a number of cultural projects and has held solo and collective exhibitions in Asia, Europe and Mexico. As a young artist, she was recognised and broadly supported with several production grants including the residence grant for creators from Ibero-America supported by the main Cultural Councils and Foreign Affairs ministries of Spain and Mexico.

Argentinean artists Ventoso are the new generation of optical art. Rooted in the spirit of geometric abstraction masters of the 20th century, the works by Ventoso intend to solve visual strategies that deal not only with spatial or assembly concerns, but also with the experience for the viewer that every piece carries within. Ventoso is a family artistic collective formed in 2006. Abel, an architect, along with Héctor and Jorge, engineers by profession, have searched together for a unique mean of artistic expression. The collective’s work, based on abstraction, seeks to emphasize the formal aspects of art through an autonomous language manifest­ed in the proposal of visual and tactile experiences. The rigor­ously programmed geometrical compositions, which are the fundamen­tal constant in the collective’s plastic language, generate refined and personal aesthetics of volumetric games.

Since 2007, Ventoso started to build an international following, particularly in Latin-America and the USA.  In 2016, their work joined the permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. In addition, the collective would show in Paris at Gallery René Denis, solidifying its place as a worthy progeny of the great Op Art masters from Argentina, and for the first time in Asia with Puerta Roja in Hong Kong.