House of East
Presented by ART LEXÏNG
February 6th - 10th 12pm - 8pm
Wednesday February 6, from 12pm to 6pm
ART LEXING Booth ZMD17
Centro Citibanamex, Hall D
AV. Conscripto 311
Lomas de Sotelo
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
ART LEXÏNG unveils a special project entitled “House of East” during Zona Maco 2019 edition in collaboration with ELIAS Group. “House of East” explores design dialogues between East and West and showcase young designers along ancient trade route “Silk Road” and their interconnections. Design is universal and unifying. Universal because it is based on functionality, no just aesthetic beauty. A chair is used for seating in the same way anywhere on Earth. Unifying because the passion for learning and solving problems is shared by all. Design language has no passport, gender, race, religion or party. So arts and design play a vital role in connecting people in a fractured world.
Through showcasing a selection of art and design works from artists/designers from China, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Italy, The Netherlands and Mexico by investigating subjects as ceramic, music, Islamic architecture, silk, carpet weaving and glass and their historic connections, “House of East” aims at breaking down barriers. Ideas can take a long time to reach maturity and they often do so through the coming together of people around the globe. They are wonderful examples of what humanity can achieve when we focus on the common good and work together.
The exhibition starts with a ceramic work from Chinese artist Ma Jun, where Silk Road started and ceramic quickly become a signiture commodity along the route. Each of Ma’s sculptures is completely covered in traditional Qing flower patterns, birds, dragons, clouds and scenes. The artist makes no reference to modern brand signage, but instead imprints the pieces with maker’s marks that denote their imagined “official” ancestral origins during the height of Qing dynasty rule under emperors including Qian Long and Kang Xi. For Ma, his references to the dynastic past serve as a concept of a rich cultural and historical tradition. The shapes of the sculptures are immediately recognizable popular brands and items that have become visually branded into the country’s subconscious – the new objects or narratives of the country’s foundational mythology. By using the everyday objects of his childhood and combining them with this decorative style, he retains the notion of a pop-cultural reference to the quotidian sublime, yet references an imagined bridge between the nation’s and a personal.
The journey then continues to Azerbaijan, Central Asia. In a few areas did Central Asians sweep more dramatically beyond their hellenistic Greek mentors and blaze the trail for later Europeans than in music making and especially in theorizing about music. Long before the islamic era, Central Asians invented the bow as a means of eliciting sound from a string; thanks to this invention, which quickly spread to China, India, and the West, Central Asia can be considered the genetic homeland of the violin. People along the old Silk Road shared one common language,
which is music.
Elvin Nabizade was born in 1986 in Bolnisi, Georgia. In 1990’s, he moved to Baku with his family. He graduated from the faculty of Sculpture in Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. Elvin Nabizade’s works utilise the musical instrument as a symbol of diversity, tradition and multiculturalism in two installation works. Nabizade considers not only the act of speaking but also music as a common language that unifies people and connects different minorities. The artist also offers a commentary on the disappearance of tradition and folk culture. Sphere is also composed of musical instruments, albeit a host of different ones arranged in a spherical shape hanging from the ceiling like an earth globe. Nabizade imagines thus a world of united nations coexisting peacefully and harmonically.
The Musical journey then continues to the Middle East, where we could take a relaxing nap under Lebanese designer Richard Yasmine’s hypnotical Hawa Screen. HAWA Beirut, a collection of very light or airy furniture inspired from the Lebanese architecture and specifically the arches that are a trade mark in Lebanese heritage. HAWA in Arabic language means a light summer breeze or even a deep love, a passion towards someone or something. Hawa Beirut set up creates a nostalgic yet harmonious reflection to our ancestors, continuing the communication between the past present and the future generations. The decorative separation panels includes multiple materials, the whole items are made of powder coated colorful steel with fabric, adding decorative handmade silk braiding cords and tassels, with treated pink marble including traditional craftsmanship technique blown stained glass inserts.
Our journey finally arrives in Europe via Venice. Designed by Murano glass artist Filippo Feroldi and realised in collaboration with Colleoni Arte, Magus is a light installation made up of twenty-five blown glass spheres of 18 cm diameter each – available in amber colour, tobacco or green lagoon Murano glass – gathered in concentric circles and fixed to a supporting structure. Supported by long cables covered with sumptuous venetian fabric, velvets, silks, linens in a palette of colours from the green of the undergrowth to warm shades of orange and red. Magus was first presented at Light Blowing in Venice on the occasion of The Venice Glass Week 2018.
Studio HVN “Eclipse” rug design for TAN was inspired by solar and lunar eclipse. The design creates an eclipse of two rugs seemingly overlapping each other made in three different shapes and colors. Each piece is an eclipse in a different stage of being, representing from early losses to total eclipse. The collection together represents the gradual happening of one full eclipse. The products are handmade in Nepal by skilled craftsman over a time period of four months. Through a process of spinning yarn from Nepalese wool, dying the fibers, and hand knotting, the rugs are slowly made to high quality interior products. The earliest records of a solar and lunar eclipse in ancient Chinese history date from 2165 – 1137 BC. The Moon is a symbol in Chinese philosophy and arts rather than simply a planet in traditional Chinese culture. From ancient myth Chang’e to Poets from Tang & Song dynasty, the Sun and the Moon together become a pair symbol of Yin & Yang philosophy.
For further information, press enquiries, images or interview requests,
Lexing Zhang – Gallery director/ ART LEXÏNG
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About ART LEXÏNG
Miami-based gallery ART LEXÏNG is committed to promoting museum-quality works from emerging Asian artists, each with truly original and challenging perspectives filtered through photography, sculpture and traditional two-dimensional media. Partnering with respected museums and galleries and participating in internationally-acclaimed art fairs throughout the United States, Europe and beyond, ART LEXÏNG strives to present its global audience with only the most forward-thinking, provocative works from Asia's brightest young talents.
Ma Jun (China)
New China Series-Apple Computer No.2
Elvin Nabizade (Azerbaijan)
‘Sphere’, 2018, installation, real music instruments,
Richard Yasmine (Lebanon)
Hawa folding screen features handmade tassels,
marble and glass inserts
180 x 150 cm
Filippo Feroldi (Italy)
Murano blown glass and venetian fabric
h230cm, diameter 190cm
Henny Van Nilstelrooy (The Neitherlands)
Eclipse Carpet by Studio HVN
300 x 300 cm
100% Nepalese highland Wool