CURATOR Art Voyage - Obsession & Transformation
At Art Central 2021, CURATOR Style is delighted to present a group exhibition, Obsession & Transformation, with over twenty works by the four notable contemporary artists showcased: Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Mr Doodle & KAWS, who are representing the forefront of Pop Art and contemporary art world. The exhibition will display an assortment of rare original paintings on canvas or paper, and limited-edition sculptures and prints created by these artists during the past two decades, which have been seen as desired, collectible artworks that are gaining in value and well-received by many art collectors worldwide.
The exhibition title, Obsession & Transformation, divulges the similarities and contrasts between the styles of these contemporary artists. Yayoi Kusama and Mr Doodle both develop an obsessive behaviour in drawing – while Kusama focuses on the dots and nets that came from her illusion, Mr Doodle devotes himself in a 24-hour non-stop process of fast scribbling of cartoon characters, from which he gains enormous happiness. Among the highlights of the exhibition, a large-sized, limited-edition, signed print Dancing Pumpkin (1993) by Kusama with a sheet size of 61 by 83 cm will be showcased, which is the largest from the same series. It reveals a rarely seen expression of her favourite subject, the pumpkin, which is dancing anthropomorphically and passionately, hence expressing a unique sense of beauty formed from her signature dots. Displayed on the other side, the two highlighted original work on canvas, Balloon Kick and Rainbow, executed by Mr Doodle in 2019, typify the artist’s obsession in the graffiti world through his cheerful cartoon doodling imbued with a unique narrative.
On the other hand, the term of “transformation” refers to a way of expression often used by contemporary artists, in which they extract the images of popular culture and transform them into representations of new meanings. Yoshitomo Nara, who was a die-hard fan of Punk Rock ethos, transforms his indescribable, complex sentiment into an innocent, childlike figure with no angelic but rebellious characteristics against the threats from the outside. In this exhibition, an original work on paper by Nara, Untitled (Who Snatched the Babies) (2002), came from the artist’s inspiration by The Star Club, a renowned punk-rock band in Japan. It depicts a child wearing a propeller and travelling on a strange flying device, suspiciously staring at the back (or the real world) with his or her hands folded. Through this childlike image, Nara indeed portrays the world of the adulthood which is much more complicated. Comparably, KAWS appropriates and transforms the existing icons of popular culture like The Simpsons, Spongebob, Bibendum (Michelin man), etc. into his unique fictitious characters, then deliberately infuses these novel objects with human emotions. In this exhibition, one will be distracted by a 2.5m-tall, round-shaped, original work on canvas at the entrance. Inspired from the character of Spongebob, Tondo Untitled (Spongebob Eye / Red Colorway) (2013) is a work that demonstrates the transformation of popular icons into artistic concepts by the artist through abstraction and fragmentation, bringing an extraordinary experience to the audience while blurring the boundary between contemporary art and consumerist culture. Besides this, the Companion (2006) bronze sculpture, which is recognized as the earliest bronzes by KAWS to be found, will be presented at the show as one of the important highlights, shaping an exceptionally vibrant landscape of contemporary art.