“Floating Tea House”
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.
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.
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.