We are pleased to announce a group exhibition titled “Gold Experience 2: in Nagoya & Aichi - Homage to the Golden Tigerfish,” which features seven artists from Japan and Korea who create artworks - especially paintings - using gold leaf.
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 aesthetically meaning and function, as well as technical and methodical difference, there have been several crossovers in the course of art 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 commonly regarded merely functioning as painting’s background, the use of gold leaf has been assigned with far more important roles both in the West and the East, either to awe the viewer with religious sublimity or 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 “Gold Experience 2” 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 technique in contemporary painting, and to provide the audience with a funfull opportunity to question the notion of “new” painting in the 21st century, as well as to reconsider the messages, thoughts and ideals with which gold leaf has long been associated.
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Satellite Gallery of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music
Jokaiso (former Takeuchi Residence)