Affatus 1 to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in March 2019

Affatus 1 to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in March 2019


In 2018, Fernando Prats performed for the first time in front of an audience at Asia Society during the annual HKAGA Symposium (performance video below). The resulting work Affatus 1 will be auctioned by Sotheby’s during the The Nature Conservancy Gala Dinner with an estimate of 350,000 – 550,000 HKD.

The Nature Conservancy organized a VIP Cocktail Auction Preview Thursday the 21st of March. If you would like to consider placing a bid for this amazing work and contribute to saving the environment, please contact us at info@puerta-roja.com.

Affatus 1, Fernando Prats, Smoke and bird wing-beat on canvas, 125 x 177 cm, 2018

 

Mariano Ferrante designed a chair for the Japanese First Lady during 2018 G20 Summit

Mariano Ferrante, one of the ten artists part of the G20 Summit


At the end of last year, the 2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit was held in Buenos Aires. The first Argentinian lady, Juliana Awada, presented an unprecedented project that brought 10 Argentinian artists to design a chair as a gift for each first lady. Amongst the artists, Mariano Ferrante who painted in acrylics Exercise No. 2 for Akie Abe, wife of the current Prime Minister of Japan.

Exercise No. 2, Mariano Ferrante, Acrylic, 2018

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Mariano Ferrante shares his work with Akie Abe, the first lady of Japan, December 2018, ©La Nueva

Mariano Ferrante is one of the most dynamic and innovative young successors of a long tradition of geometric abstract masters from South America. This important milestone is well deserved and reflects the artist practice. In his works, Mariano invites us to face an optimistic whilst imperfect future, where science continues to bring progress, but where human sensibility and imperfection make it vibrant.

We look forward to see his progress and are excited about his continuous success!

Wishing you a joyful holiday and sharing highlights from Puerta Roja’s eighth year

Memorable moments from 2018 with more ambitious exhibitions, performances and cross-cultural collaborations


What a year has 2018 been! During Puerta Roja’s eighth year we have had some incredible moments that have only been possible with the unwavering support of our friends, clients and artists. We wanted to take a moment, to share some of these memories with you, extend our sincere gratitude and wish you and your family a joyous holiday and the best for 2019.

Sincerely,
Adriana, Alisa, Laura and Lorenza

Please note that the gallery will close from 23 December to 2 January, to arrange for a private viewing please contact us via email

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Laurent Martin ‘Lo’ with Floating Tea House, Art Central, Hong Kong, 2018

In Spring, Puerta Roja kicked off the year with the first solo exhibition in Asia by Laurent Martin ‘Lo’Zhu Qi 竹 氣 presenting new bamboo mobiles inspired by his travels to Hong Kong and the city’s iconic junk boats. Concurrently, our booth at Art Central exhibited Floating Tea House (2017), a large bamboo installation originally produced for the Wu Yuan Arts and Culture Centre. It was a joy to see so many visitors fully immerse themselves in the energy of the bamboo dome which has prominently featured in the local press, including Enid Tsui’s article in the SCMP, Art Basel in Hong Kong: city’s small galleries shine through with memorable displays, RTHK’s TV program The Works and For a clean, green world in China Daily.

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Installation shot, Movement, Puerta Roja, Hong Kong, 2018

Later in May, we presented an ambitious exhibition in collaboration with the iconic Galerie Denise René. Movement highlighted the evolution of the Op and Kinetic Movement in modern and contemporary art history by showcasing works art by internationally acclaimed masters Carlos Cruz-Diez, Yaacov Agam, Jesús Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely, together with innovative contemporary artists Gladys Nistor, Gruppo MID, Ventoso, Mariano Ferrante, Hans Kooi, Pe Lang and Olivier Ratsi. The exhibition payed tribute to Denise René’s history-making exhibition Le Mouvement (1955) while reaffirming to relevance of the deeply universal, democratic and optimistic ideals of Op and Kinetic Art.

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Carlos Cruz-Diez, USB Lounge, Art Basel, Switzerland, 2018

Summer proved to be very special as we joined the celebrations of Carlos Cruz-Diez‘ life’s work during Art Basel, where the UBS Lounge presented an incredible collections of works from the 1979 Environnement Chromatique architectural interventions at the former Union Bank of Switzerland building. Translucent Chromointerferent Environment (1974/2009) by Carlos Cruz-Diez was also presented by Galeria Raquel Arnaud as part of UNLIMITED, selling before the end of the private preview to a prominent European museum in Europe.

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Installation shot, Reflections, Puerta Roja, Hong Kong, 2018

During Autumn, we celebrated our 8th anniversary with Reflections, a group exhibition dedicated to cross-cultural conversations and creative collaborations. Curated to present a visible and invisible dialogue between Puerta Roja’s stable of artists and the talent brought together by six partnerships from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Chile, Korea and Belgium, the exhibition highlighted the growing dialogue and interconnectedness across regions, generations and diverse artistic genres. The striking relationships in the exhibition bring to light a global collective consciousness no longer defined by distance, nationality or medium.

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Affatus 1 action, Fernando Prats, The Asia Society, Hong Kong, 2018

For Winter we presented Puerta Roja’s newest artist Fernando Prats, with the Chilean artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Nature Paintings. Prats, who represented Chile at the Venice Biennale, has reached international acclaim for devising a brand new and deeply personal pictorial system where nature itself generates unconventional and unpredictable images. We co-presented the first ever live public performance by the artist during the HKAGA Art Symposium at Asia Society. The resulting work was donated to The Nature Conservancy and will be auctioned by Sotheby’s at The Nature Conservancy Gala Dinner in March 2019.

Nature Paintings will be on view until 9 February 2019

We are excited about 2019, welcoming the new year with pride. Puerta Roja is delighted to participate in the ‘Solos’ sector of the inaugural Taipei Dangdai international art fair, presenting three large-scale and previously unseen works by Franco-Venezuelan artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez.

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Solos sector – Booth A15
18 – 20 January, 2019
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Puerta Roja Presents a Solo Exhibition by Leading Op and Kinetic Master, Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Inaugural Edition of Taipei Dangdai

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Hong Kong – 7 December 2018 – To continue Puerta Roja’s eighth anniversary celebrations, the gallery is proud to participate in the ‘Solos’ sector of the inaugural Taipei Dangdai international art fair, presenting three large-scale and previously unseen works by Franco-Venezuelan artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez. Building upon the tremendous success of the first solo show in Asia of the Op and Kinetic Art master, hosted by Puerta Roja in 2017, the artist himself selected this collection of works from his seminal 1959 Physichromie series, which still holds unwavering universal relevance in today’s world.

Puerta Roja has been committed to the Taiwanese art market and audience since 2012 and is delighted to return to the Taipei, taking part in its newest fair. Taipei Dangdai, which translates as ‘the present moment,’ runs from 18 to 20 January 2019 and serves as the perfect platform for an artist for whom experience of the ‘present’ is at the heart of his discourse: “I propose autonomous colour, without anecdotes, deprived of symbolisms, colour seen as an ephemeral circumstance and in continuous mutation, creating realities at every instant.”

Cruz-Diez’ historical significance is validated by hundreds of international exhibitions, permanent large-scale public projects and ephemeral interventions. His work is in more than 60 museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Tate Modern, Kunstmuseum and the Centre Pompidou and has been appreciated throughout the Asia Pacific since 1988 when his mural-sized work Physichromie Double Face was installed in the South Korea Olympic Park. In 1989, the artist participated in the exhibition Aspects of Contemporary Painters in Paris at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts presenting one of his iconic Physichromies which would become part of the museum’s permanent collection. From 2013 to 2014 Circumstance and Ambiguity of Colour toured 11 museums in China to great acclaim. Recently the artists prominence continues to grow, Cruz-Diez was prominently featured at Art Basel, Switzerland 2018 with the entire UBS Art Basel VIP lounge dedicated to his architectural work from 1979 Environnement Chromatique, as well as exhibiting his large-scale installation work Translucent Chromointerferent Environment as part of the Unlimited sector of the fair. In bringing the artist’s work to Taipei, Puerta Roja will present to the discerning and vibrant attendees of Taipei Dangdai, an artist whose work is predicated on universalism and interaction.

On his return to Taiwan, Carlos Cruz-Diez comments, “I am very glad that 30 years after the exhibition Aspects of Contemporary Painters in Paris that took place in 1989 in the Taiwan Museum of Art, Puerta Roja Gallery takes my work back to Taiwan. We come full circle and keep sowing new seeds for the future.”

Cruz-Diez describes his discourse as “Art of Real Movement and Space.” Through interaction, the viewer becomes an accomplice to the artist, an essential participant in the artwork itself. The works on display at the fair depict a flat surface of vertical bands rendered in a contrasting palette and arranged with mathematical regularity into multiple geometric planes. Each structure creates a “light trap” where colour frames transform when seen from different angles. As the viewer moves, colour dissolves and oscillates from one chromatic range to another, generating virtual colours not present in the support. It is not without reason that he is regarded as one of the 20th century’s preeminent thinkers in the realm of colour.

On exhibiting at Taipei Dangdai, Puerta Roja Founder and Director as well as the current Co-President of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA), Adriana Alvarez-Nichol says, “Over the past eight years, Puerta Roja has continued its mission to expand the appreciation of Latin American and Spanish art across Asia Pacific as well as increase the awareness of the region’s rich contribution to the global art landscape. The gallery advocates carefully selected artists with a regional focus, to enable untold narratives and universal social perspectives to reach Asian audiences. In this regard, Puerta Roja and Taipei Dangdai could not be greater aligned, and it is exciting to see such a wealth of art world experience bring their dynamic influence to Taipei.”

In regard to the artist’s work, “Bringing the works of Carlos Cruz-Diez to Taipei Dangdai is a proud moment for Puerta Roja. To collaborate with such a significant artist, who, at 95, is still so vital today, really speaks for what the gallery represents: to provide an opportunity to view masterpieces previously unseen in Asia and open new routes to Op and Kinetic art for Taiwanese audiences. Carlos Cruz-Diez’ human-sized works will guarantee to be an inspiring and show-stopping experience for all.”

As part of this innovative and ground-breaking fair Taipei Dangdai, which has, as its subtitle, ‘Art and Ideas,’ Puerta Roja will also feature one piece by Spanish artist, Javier León Pérez in the fairs Salon sector where works are valued at under USD $8,000 in order to encourage new and first-time art collectors. Javier’s work, in line with the galleries mission to support artists who create a dialogue with Asian cultural practices, invokes the Neo-Confucian Chinese idea of Li (理), referring to the underlying reason and order of nature as reflected in its organic forms. Last year Javier was selected by Taiwanese collector Leslie Sun as one of her top picks during Art Taipei 2017: “There’s a juxtaposition between the artist’s obsession with detail and the freedom he gives material to take its form. But even with the obsessive details the piece is very soothing to look at”.

 

Fernando Prats Live-Painting at HKAGA’s 2018 Symposium

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Hong Kong – 20 November 2018 – Puerta Roja is proud to present live-painting performance by renowned Chilean artist, Fernando Prats, from his Paintings of Birds series at the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association’s Symposium Looking Up: Remapping Hong Kong’s Art Scene in the Era of New Connectivity and Ruptures, held on 16 November 2018 at Asia Society. In the spirit of Puerta Roja’s commitment to its Hong Kong roots and in recognition of Prats’ focus on raising awareness of human connection to the environment, the resulting work will be donated to The Nature Conservancy and auctioned by Sotheby’s at The Nature Conservancy Gala Dinner, taking place in March 2019.

By conducting a live painting in Hong Kong, Prats highlights the power and beauty of Hong Kong’s captive birds, hoping to make an imprint of the now waning Chinese tradition of song-bird keeping and Buddhist animal release. As these practices continue to decline through successful education, animal rights and environmental protection initiatives, the artist’s imprint will reference a past where birds were treasured as companions, giving way to a new and better appreciation of these animals in their natural environment. When commenting on his live action paintings, the artist states “The imprint of the birds is captured with the sensitivity of the smoke, turning the action into a receptacle of live energy. When you create a painting with the beating of the birds’ wings, what you see is the design of flight, a symbol, and an act of de-composition, where the birds’ action becomes a trace of memory, a record and a form of language.”

“We are honoured to have Puerta Roja supporting The Nature Conservancy with other leading galleries and artists taking part in The Nature Conservancy’s 2019 Gala Dinner for our conservation efforts in Asia Pacific to build a sustainable future for all. Covering more than a third of the world’s surface, the Asia Pacific region is home to some of the planet’s most unique ecosystems and endangered wildlife. However, a warming climate, a growing population, and our need for natural resources are threatening our environment as never before. We deeply appreciate that Fernando Prats is supporting our fund-raising initiative with his art that highlights the connection to the beauty and power of nature” says Moses Tsang, Global Board Member and Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Council of Directors of The Nature Conservancy.

Nature Paintings by Fernando Prats will be on view at Puerta Roja in Hong Kong from 14 November 2018 to 25 January 2019

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“Levantamiento” by Marí­a Garcí­a Ibáñez at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico.

Exhibition Dates: 4 October 2018 – 20 January 2019

Marí­a Garcí­a Ibáñez opens a solo exhibition at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico, curated by Pamela DesJardins, the associate curator at Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. “Levantamiento” refers to architectural or topographical imprints to ready construction. Installations, watercolours, video art, ceramic pieces and wall interventions by the artist are laid as a topographical survey of her practice. The exhibition occupies two floors, the video projection room with a video installation and one of the terraces of the building, where she installed a 3.5 M mural.

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Exhibition images: Levantamiento, Marí­a Garcí­a Ibáñez, Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico, 2018



 

TRES at Bienal De La Habana and Infinite Cycle

Mexican TRES Collective has been selected by the Curatorial Team of the Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art to be part of the 13th Bienal de La Habana from April 12 – May 12 2019.

They will also take part in Infinite Cycle, a group exhibition organised by the Chinese Culture Center, the Taiwan Bamboo Curtain Studio and Hong Kong . The exhibition explores how art practice and institutional models can be incorporated into environmental sustainability and how it informs and influence the community at large. Held from September – 21 October 2018

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Puerta Roja is delighted to announce ‘Fernando Prats – Nature Paintings’

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13.11.18 – 25.01.19

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Hong Kong – 11 October 2018 – Puerta Roja is proud to announce Nature Paintings, a major solo exhibition by Chilean artist Fernando Prats, debuting the artist’s Paintings of Birds series in Hong Kong for the very first time. Since representing Chile at the 54th Venice Biennale, Prats has reached international acclaim for devising a brand new and deeply personal pictorial system. Far removed from the instruments of the painter, his process results in unconventional and unpredictable images generated by nature.

Prats records natural actions on smoked surfaces, ranging from movements of animals, to powerful waves, seismographic vibrations and even imprints of geysers shooting water from the ground (an intervention possible thanks to the Guggenheim Fellowship). French theorist Paul Ardenne describes Prats’ work as pioneering “a new way of painting,” exposing not only the invisible beauty of nature but also the violent and destructive reality of the fluctuating environment.

“We are excited to bring Fernando Prats to Hong Kong this November to debut his mesmerising series, Paintings of Birds” says Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, Puerta Roja Founder and Director.“I believe Fernando represents Puerta Roja’s philosophy, by marrying a profoundly intellectual and conceptual discourse with a very poetic and robust aesthetic. I feel that these works are especially pertinent to Asia given the deeply rooted Taoist beliefs in relation to the destructive and creative balance of nature, as well as an understanding of the invisible connections in our universe. Prats’ body of work is relevant now more than ever as we continue to be faced with serious environmental issues. We believe it is important to use art as a vehicle to address such matters and we hope that the work of Fernando Prats will unravel a new perspective on the relationship between human society and the ecosystem.”

In his renowned Paintings of Birds series, the artist’s hand gives way to the free and fleeting beating of the bird’s wings making a rhythmic and majestic imprint on the smoked surface. The motion of the bird is frozen in time through a process in-between abstraction and sequence photography, capturing a linear pattern of movement that is both controlled and random. The artist builds a structure around the canvas, allowing the birds to fly freely between a net and the flat surface of the support. While the marks themselves are produced erratically in a matter of minutes, the conditions in which the imprints are created are carefully orchestrated by the artist – a constant motif demonstrated in his many series of works and arduous creative expeditions. The exhibition will also include action paintings produced with wild Andean Condors that today are an endangered species.

Although Prats has been based in Barcelona since 1990, his work is deeply connected to the telluric conditions of Chile. At the 54th Venice Biennale, he presented three projects documenting his expeditions and ventures across the country, including the Antarctic and areas affected by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, reflecting his focus on the study of environmental conditions.

Commenting on his debut in Hong Kong, Fernando Prats says “An important aspect of my work is the direct link to the territory. There is a symbolic relationship between my native Chile and Asia, and particularly Hong Kong, which arises from the ruggedness of the mountainous landscape and the forces of the sea, as well as from the impact of natural catastrophes and their correlation with the contemplation of time. Presenting my work for the first time at Puerta Roja in Hong Kong provides a continuity to my work, which reflects my understanding of nature as an active source of energy in constant movement.”

The artist will be live-painting a new work from his Paintings of Birds series at the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association’s upcoming symposium Looking Up: Remapping Hong Kong’s Art Scene in the Era of New Connectivity and Ruptures, to be held on 16 November 2018 at Asia Society. In the spirit of Puerta Roja’s commitment to its Hong Kong roots and in recognition of Prats’ focus on raising awareness of human connection to the environment, the resulting work will be donated to The Nature Conservancy and auctioned by Sotheby’s at The Nature Conservancy Gala Dinner, taking place in March 2019.

By conducting a live painting in Hong Kong, Prats highlights the power and beauty of Hong Kong’s captive birds, hoping to make an imprint of the now waning Chinese tradition of song-bird keeping and Buddhist animal release. As these practices continue to decline through successful education, animal rights and environmental protection initiatives, the artist’s imprint will reference a past where birds were treasured as companions, giving way to a new and better appreciation of these animals in their natural environment. When commenting on his live action paintings, the artist states “The imprint of the birds is captured with the sensitivity of the smoke, turning the action into a receptacle of live energy. When you create a painting with the beating of the birds’ wings, what you see is the design of flight, a symbol, and an act of de-composition, where the birds’ action becomes a trace of memory, a record and a form of language.”

“We are honoured to have Puerta Roja supporting The Nature Conservancy with other leading galleries and artists taking part in The Nature Conservancy’s 2019 Gala Dinner for our conservation efforts in Asia Pacific to build a sustainable future for all. Covering more than a third of the world’s surface, the Asia Pacific region is home to some of the planet’s most unique ecosystems and endangered wildlife. However, a warming climate, a growing population, and our need for natural resources are threatening our environment as never before. We deeply appreciate that Fernando Prats is supporting our fund-raising initiative with his art that highlights the connection to the beauty and power of nature” says Moses Tsang, Global Board Member and Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Council of Directors of The Nature Conservancy.

Nature Paintings by Fernando Prats will be on view at Puerta Roja in Hong Kong from 14 November 2018 to 25 January 2019

Puerta Roja at KIAF 2018 with Five Artists Exploring Movement Through Various Forms of Abstraction

Puerta Roja Presents Movement in Abstract Art at KIAF 2018


Physichromie 1927, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromography on aluminium, 100 x 150 cm, Paris 2014

 

31 AUGUST, 2018 – HONG KONG – Puerta Roja returns to Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) for the fifth time on 4 to 7 October 2018, furthering the gallery’s continued commitment to the fair and the Korean art market. Curated by Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, Puerta Roja’s Founder and the Co-President of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, the booth reflects the gallery’s eight-year vision to introduce top Spanish and Latin American art to the Asia Pacific. This year the selection for the fair focuses on five artists who explore the concept of movement through various forms of abstract art.

The project presents works by 20th century Op and Kinetic Art master Carlos Cruz-Diez and introduces for the first time in Korea the work of Chilean artist Fernando Prats, leading up to the artist’s first solo show in Hong Kong opening at Puerta Roja’s space in SoHo 189 Art Lane, on 13 November 2018. Accompanying them, the booth will also feature bamboo mobile sculptures by Laurent Martin ‘Lo’, which have captured the imagination of Asian audiences over the last two years, alongside the rhythmic works on canvas and paper by younger artists María García Ibáñez and Javier León Pérez. The gallery has sold works by all four artists, now returning to the fair, to prominent collections in Korea.

Following the success of the gallery’s recent exhibition Movement (2018), a joint exhibition with the Parisian Galerie Denise René, Puerta Roja continues to explore the concept of movement through different approaches to abstract art. Movement presented a historical narrative of the socio-political context and personal relationships that generated the Op and Kinetic Art movement in the 20th century alongside its lasting legacy through works by following generations. Puerta Roja’s 2018 KIAF booth will further this dialogue by juxtaposing the Op and Kinetic genera with a variety of different artistic approaches, techniques and materials used when investigating the concept of movement.

(Left) Affatus 2, Fernando Prats, Smoke and bird-wing beat on canvas, 195 x 130 x cm, 2018 | (Right) What a Small World, Laurent Lo Martin, Smoked Bamboo, Taiwanese lacquer, titan braid thread, leads, ceramic balls, steel base, 295 x 165 x 130 cm, 2018

 

From Carlos Cruz-Diez, the booth presents new works from the Physichromie series developed in 1959. The three-dimensional works feature a flat surface of vertical bands rendered in a contrasting palette and arranged with mathematical regularity into multiple geometric planes. Each structure creates a “light trap” where colours transform when seen from different angles. As the viewer moves, colour dissolves and oscillates from one chromatic range to another, generating virtual colours not present in the support.

The artist’s work has been well-received across the Asia Pacific since 1988 when Physichromie Double Face was installed in the Olympic Park in South Korea. The artist, now aged 95 and who continues actively working, has been widely honoured around the world. Puerta Roja has been representing the work of Cruz-Diez in Asia since 2016. In 2017 to great acclaim, the gallery presented Carlos Cruz-Diez: Mastering Colour, his first gallery solo exhibition in the region. Puerta Roja also prides itself in having placed the artist’s works in important Hong Kong, Indonesian and Korean collections during various Asia Pacific art fairs, including the private collection of Higgin Kim at KIAF 2017.

In contrast to the works of Cruz-Diez, the booth presents monochrome Bird Paintings by Fernando Prats, never-before exhibited in Korea. The works record a bird’s flight on smoked canvas. Uncontrolled wingbeats mark the surface, depicting the bird’s movement through a process in between abstraction and sequence photography. Prats is internationally renowned for devising unique pictorial systems, far removed from the instruments of a painter, in order to generate images that record fleeting natural actions, exposing not only the beauty of nature but also the violent and destructive reality of our fluctuating environment. Prats represented Chile at the 54th Venice Biennale and was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Scholarship in 2006, among other achievements. Puerta Roja began representing Prats earlier this year and will open his first solo-exhibition titled Nature Paintings in Hong Kong on 13 November, 2018.

After the incredible success of Laurent Martin ‘Lo’s bamboo mobiles in KIAF last year, with prominent private Korean collections, including the Koo House Museum, acquiring seven works during the fair, the artist returns with new works, including the outstanding large-scale piece What a Small World. His sculptures rely on perfect gravitational balance to rotate gracefully, drawing curves of harmony like the gracious strokes of Chinese calligraphy to immerse the viewer in the physical and sensorial virtues of the organic material. The artist’s practice has developed around Eastern philosophical and spiritual beliefs he has encountered during his travels across Asia, which inspired his first solo-exhibition in Asia, Zhu Qi [竹氣], held by Puerta Roja in 2018. Concurrently the gallery highlighted his works in Art Central, presenting Floating Tea House (2017), a large dome-like bamboo installation originally produced for the Wu Yuan Arts and Culture Centre in Taiwan. The artist will be present at KIAF 2018 and available for interviews.

Two younger artists explore the movement of the hand in relation to patterns in nature: Javier León Pérez’s discourse creates oscillating abstract landscapes through the process of detailed repetition, invoking the philosophical idea of Li (理), referring to the underlying geometry in the natural world. María García Ibáñez  also explores organic geometry through drawing, which lies at the core of her very experimental practice. Most recently, her painstakingly detailed drawings are then laser cut to generate movement through the play of shadows. In a span of a few years, both artists’ work has become part of collections in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines and Korea.

Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, Founder of Puerta Roja and Co-President of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association says: “We are honored to be invited back to KIAF to participate in the fair for the fifth time this year, given the quality of the Korean contemporary art scene. We find collectors to be very knowledgeable and demand the highest standards, particularly when it comes to conceptual integrity and technical execution. We believe our carefully curated selection of works advocate for the diversity and universalism in Spanish and Latin American art while relating to the sophistication of the Korean audience.”

Puerta Roja Celebrates Eight Years of Cross-Cultural Collaborations

Puerta Roja Celebrates Eighth Anniversary with Reflections,
a Group Exhibition in Collaboration with Local and International Galleries


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(left) Leiunare #07, Estratum Series, Javier León Pérez, Japanese paper on board, acrylic case, 2018 | (right) Whorl, Kate MccGwire, Mixed media with Magpie feathers in antique dome, 2013

To mark Puerta Roja’s eighth anniversary, the gallery curates a group exhibition dedicated to cross-cultural conversations and creative collaborations. Reflections presents outstanding painting and sculptural works by twelve artists that create a visible and invisible dialogue between Puerta Roja’s stable of artists and the talent brought together by six partnerships from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Chile, Korea and Belgium.

Opening to the public on 12 September at Puerta Roja’s gallery space in SOHO 189 Art Lane, Reflections is curated to highlight the growing dialogue and interconnectedness across regions, generations as well as diverse artistic genres. The striking relationships in the exhibition bring to light a global collective consciousness no longer defined by distance, nationality or medium.

(left) Induction du Jaune Denise, Carlos Cruz-Diez Chromography on aluminium, 180 x 80 cm Paris 2007 | (right) Conditional Planes 8304, Choi Myoung Young, Oriental ink on Korean paper, 74 x 139 cm, 1983

From the post war masters’ generation, the show presents two representatives of the Op & Kinetic and Dansaekhwa art movements: Franco-Venezuelan Carlos Cruz-Diez alongside Korean Choi Myoung-young in collaboration with The Page Gallery (Korea) and Soluna Fine Art (Hong Kong). Choi Myoung-Young is one of the most respected artists from the Dansaekhwa movement, his monochrome work exploring spiritual undertones is juxtaposed with the multi-chrome scientific based work of the master of colour Cruz-Diez.

The meditative Japanese paper works by Spanish artist Javier León Pérez resonate with the coiled feather sculptures by the British artist Kate MccGwire, recently awarded the Jack Goldhill Award for sculpture presented by The Royal Academy of Arts (Galerie Huit, Hong Kong). Both artworks of Pérez and McGwire speak of an obsession with the geometry of nature. Looms, the painstakingly detailed pencil drawings by María García-Ibáñez, explore memory and intimacy through everyday objects as much as the intuitive acrylic on canvas works by the emerging Indonesian artist Wayan Novi (Art Porters, Singapore). Volume, light and three-dimensionality are called into play through the geometric forms of the Argentinean collective Ventoso along with the organically unfolding works by Italian artist Paola Pezzi (Art’Loft, Lee Bauwens Gallery, Belgium).

(left) Marisa, Héctor Velázquez, Cotton yarn and plaster, 50 x 48 cm, 2002 | (right) Symbiosis 09, Liquen, Juana Gómez, Hand Embroidery, drawing and photography on canvas, 80 x 65 cm, 2018

Introspection coupled with the emotional charge of self and family portraiture, come to light in the yarn-covered sculptures by Héctor Velázquez and the hand-embroidered family photographs by the Chilean artist Juana Gómez (Isabel Croxatto Galeria, Chile). A poetic and alluring juxtaposition is the pairing of the gravity-defying bamboo sculptures by Laurent Martin “Lo” with the brightly-coloured geometric abstractions on canvas by British-Indonesian artist Sinta Tantra’s (ISA Art Advisory, Indonesia). The perfect balance of simplicity of line and use of negative space in both works are amplified by the evident contrast of technique and material.

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(left) Tabuh Tabuhan II in Prussian, Sinta Tantra, Tempera on linen, 120 x 100 cm, 2018 | (right) Geometric balance 01, Laurent Martin ‘Lo’, Weathered bamboo, titan braid thread, lead, steel base, 32 x 98 x 18 cm, 98 cm rotation diameter, 2018

Over the past eight years, Puerta Roja has continued its mission to expand the appreciation of Latin American and Spanish art across Asia Pacific as well as increase the awareness of the region’s rich contribution to the global art landscape. Through its regional focus and carefully selected artists, the gallery has advocated for untold narratives and universal social perspectives relevant to Asian audiences, with artworks often executed in Asia or created in the spirit of Asian philosophies. Beneath the concentrated programme of exhibitions, talks and community engagement initiatives, lies a deep desire to create cultural bridges and promote universal ideals that go far beyond the national context. Through this underlying philosophy, Puerta Roja displays its commitment towards enriching Hong Kong’s cultural scene and reflecting its hybrid nature. The exhibition is not only a celebration of the gallery’s success but also an accolade to the close professional and personal relationships that have been a determinant factor along the way.