Group exhibition gGold Experienceh features six artists from Japan and Korea who have among them one thing in common - that is, the use of gold leaf in their paintings.
In art history both in the West and the East, the use of gold leaf in painting has a long and rich tradition. For example, Christian icons painted with tempera and mosaic murals in Europe; screens and lacquer paintings in East Asia. Though having seen separate development and evolution in terms of religious, metaphorical and aesthetical meaning and function, as well as technical and methodical difference, there have been several crossovers in the course of history, such as Christian evangelists taking their glittering holy icons to Asian countries to impress the populace, and in turn, in 19th century, Japonisme boom in Europe saw a lot of artworks imported from Japan including gold-grounded screens and sliding-door paintings.
Though regarded by many as merely functioning as paintingfs background, the use of gold leaf has been assigned with far more important roles both in the West and the East; to awe the viewer with religious sublimity; to exhibit imposing power and wealth of the owner of the painting; or to present infinite depth in the two-dimensional picture space.
In this exhibition gGold Experience,h we will present the works of artists from Japan and Korea, who not only study and exercise traditional techniques and method of applying gold leaf, but also try to digest its historical values and meanings and to integrate them into their own creation. Through their works, with wide variety in style and subject, we would like to cast refreshing light on the aspect of material and medium in contemporary painting, and to give the audience a good opportunity to question the notion of gnewh painting in the 21st century, as well as to ponder over the messages, thoughts and ideals with which gold leaf has long been associated.
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