Hedonism | CURATOR Style at Art Central 2023
CURATOR Style is pleased to announce participation for the third time at Art Central 2023, running from 22 – 25 March 2023 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai. Borrowing the theory of hedonistic Greek philosopher Aristippus of Cyrene, the booth’s theme “Hedonism” will remind the audiences that art continues playing as a central role of pleasure in our daily life, as well as to unleash a new realm of art.
The booth’s curatorial concept anchors through an assortment of artworks from artists such as Joan Cornellà, who uses satire to comment on the bleak side of human nature, creating works that are honest, entertaining and stimulating; Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama brings his debut NFT series ‘Harmless Charm’ and explores human existence and optimise hope for the future in all means. Furthermore, CURATOR Style will also present exceptional works from Kila Cheung, KAWS, Liu Ye, Mr Doodle, Shiota Chiharu, Yoshitomo Nara, and Yayoi Kusama coffering interesting echoes and correspondences.
Born in 1981, Spanish artist Joan Cornellà started drawing at his very young age. He first started his career as a magazine illustrator, including Abulio, El Jueves and later even published on New York Times. In 2012, he even self-published his work Fracasa Mejor. Behind all his cheerful style and bright palette, Joan Cornellà uses its style to comment on the bleak side of human nature and the absurdity of society nowadays. He created works that are honest with dark humor that audience can resonate. Yogawerk (2020) is a thought – provoking illustration that challenge traditional notion of modern people need to be multitasking and maintain flexibility and adaptability in a stressful environment. CURATOR Style will turn the booth into an immersive environment and create a joyful context that echoes with the theme.
The New York based Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama is a highly regarded contemporary artist, known for his eclectic and multidisciplinary approach to art-making. He has bridging east and western history and pop culture, taken inspirations from Japanese Edo and Meiji eras, manga, samurai, and woodblock painting. Tomokazu also imbues his energetic senses with a bright and colourful tone palette transformed his personal journey, heritage, and cultural identity. The artist debuted his first NFT collection Family Tree Harlem (2022) last year. The digital artwork in the collection spans from his interests of Equestrian and imagination, which fully drawn attention to the audience to explore in each piece of his work.
Through Chiharu Shiota’s expansive works and installations, one may also find her strong, sensitive, sentiments of the artist. Layers and layers of threads delicate, fragile yet overwhelming, exploring the notion of her dream and sense of self in relation to time, space, and human relationships. In the creation of art, with part or the whole of her body, Shiota liberates her soul from the physical boundaries of reality while exercising her creativity with consciousness. Central to the the series ‘Trauma’, Shiota continues exploring the themes of remembrance and oblivion and the dealing with anxieties. The works from the series disorienting cocoons of black yarn and enclosing various household and everyday, personal objects such as burnt-out piano, a wedding dress and etc.
For Yayoi Kusama, the artist has been experiencing mental disorder and vivid hallucinations throughout her life. Kusama began to sketch pumpkins at early age. Her installation and sculptural works are all the reflections and inspirations of her memories of sexual anxiety, childhood abuse and mental disorder. However, she found comfort and calmness in the pumpkins. Considered pumpkins as a symbol of her childhood, life, and fertility. She has revisited over and over for many years in the process of finding her true self and inner peace. The work Citrouille (I) (2020) reveals her unique version of the work, her innermost, uninterrupted existence of soul beyond time and space.
Art Central 2023 – Booth B22, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai
Preview (by invitation)
Tuesday 21 March 2023, 3 – 8pm
Wednesday 22 March 2023, 2 – 8pm
Thursday 23 March 2023, 12 – 8pm
Friday 24 March 2023, 12 – 8pm
Saturday 25 March 2023, 11am – 6pm