Hands Across The Water
- Ahmad Zakii Anwar
- Kow Leong Kiang
- Heri Dono
- Choi Tae Hoon
- Young Jin Han
- Part 1: Sep 13 – Oct 4, 2014 & Part 2: Oct 11 – 31, 2014
- Opening Reception
- Saturday, September 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
- BAIK Art, L.A.
- 2600 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90034
Baik Art is proud to present its inaugural exhibition, Hands Across the Water, opening September 13, 2014, with a reception from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The exhibition will be showcased in two parts, with the first portion on view until October 4, and the second from October 11 – 31. Hands Across the Water presents the work of Ahmad Zakii Anwar (Johor Bahru, Malaysia), Kow Leong Kiang (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Heri Dono (Jogyakarta, Indonesia), Choi Tae Hoon (Seoul, South Korea), and Han Yong Jin (New York, USA), each responding to their experiences traveling to Jeju Island and Seoul, South Korea.
In fall of 2013, Baik Art hosted these five artists on Jeju Island. During this trip, the artists travelled to historic sites (like the 4,3 Peace Park and the DMZ) to consider South Korea’s colonial history, shared meals, celebrated toasts, and engaged in lengthy conversations about their unique art worlds. The works presented in this exhibition encapsulate the shared memories and perceptions from this time together.
Ahmad Zakii Anwar has prepared panoramic black and white charcoal drawings of the Haenyo women of Jeju Island. These women appear as heroines of a classic horror movie, enlivening and eulogizing the matrilineal legacies and legends native to the island. In this series, Zakii captures the sea creatures in great detail, translating his sensuous feeling for food and the human figure onto the tactile fragility of paper.
Kow Leong Kiang will present his meticulous portraits of contemporary Seoul women, accentuating their extraordinary banality in poses that reference scenes near bus stops, subways, and street corners. Working from snapshot photographs, Kow contrasts the eerie verisimilitude of quotidian Seoul city life, to its representations in popular media. He translates his focused observations with a technical consideration of glazes, bringing the tradition of Netherlandish painting to the contemporary context of Seoul. This return to classical representation allows the viewer to gain access to a strong presence of animism still existent in Korean culture today.
Choi Tae Hoon’s sculptures materialize the abstract quality of energy through his interpretations of welding techniques. He characterizes the act of bonding with the natural motif of a forest, and the destructive force of cutting and incising with what he describes as his plasma technique. In this way, his sculptures become the mediums through which he is able to work out existential themes and the paradoxical distinction between inside and outside.
Heri Dono will contribute a series of ink sketches and a kinetic installation (inspired by a traditional form of Indonesian puppet theatre known as wayang-kulit) to conflate the foundational mythologies of Indonesia and Jeju Island, narratives centered on its indigenous mountains. With a thorough knowledge of Indonesian history, Dono forms his own syncretic narratives through his playful cartoons and biting critiques of contemporary Indonesian politics and ancient Korean history, dating back to the Goryeo Dynasty.
Han Yong Jin has carved a series of sculptures from lava stones native to the island. Han is committed to distilling the truth in his use of materials, seeking an authentic engagement with stone as a substance that is both ancient and alive. At once referencing the timeless analects of Confucius, the spirit of shamanism dominant in Jeju Island, and extracting the naturally poetic gesture from the heavy-handed references to Minimalism, his works convey a quality that reduces to a structural integrity that evades post-modern notions of essentialism. In doing so, he roots these references to his everyday practice of uncovering the nuances of life.