Ross Turpin 藝術個展

日期
21/10/2017 - 15:00 - 24/11/2017 - 18:00
地址
Art Experience Gallery 藝術創庫畫廊
香港新界荃灣海盛路九號有線電視大樓 20樓2009室

展覽日期:2017年10月21日-2017年11月24日
展覽時間:星期一至六 |上午11時-下午6時
開幕時間:2017年10月21日 (星期六)|下午3-7時(*藝術家將親臨開幕酒會)
展覽地點:藝術創庫畫廊

藝術創庫畫廊深感榮幸地向各位呈獻,藝術家Ross Turpin首次香港藝術個展,本次展覽作為藝術家跟藝術創庫畫廊的首次合作,將展出一系列布本和紙本的繪畫作品,以及一組多媒體裝置藝術作品。

作為白人少數族裔的一份子,Ross於七年前搬到香港生活,離開他的祖國讓藝術家得以脫離童年被宗教教條約束的鉫鎖,並開始探索自己和他身處的這個世界,尋找更深層次的存在意義。 在他最新的畫作中,Ross以直覺本能的方式創造圖像,演譯著反覆出現的觀點和想法。藝術家試圖利用一層層交織重疊的影像混淆觀眾,乍看是不同的畫面糾纏在一起。這些圖像看似抽象難懂,直到觀眾靜心凝視,就像進入窺視一種反烏托邦的夢境一般。Ross用強烈的視覺語言去表達他對這個世界的看法,他將信息翻譯成一些鮮明的符號和標記,在他的作品中不斷重現。他的第一次個展嘗試探討「道德」與「非道德」之間的張力的關係:自然中的混亂和道德傳統賦予的生存方式。

移居香港七年,Ross在這裡目睹了他在南非經歷過,類似的和新的社會和政治問題,當他不再生活在祖國的同時,香港狀況似乎反而讓藝術家對自己國家內長久存在著的各種問題有了更深切的理解和看法。他的畫作好像替自身這些年來經歷過的演變作了一次總結,通過作品,藝術家希望與其他同樣期盼著建立一個更美好的未來的所有人,用藝術去跟大家分享和溝通。 Ross:「我們都可以超越和戰勝現在的困境。」

除了他的畫以外, Ross走到不同的城市,把貼紙貼在街上,貼紙圖案的靈感來自於他的一張畫作中出現的一顆膠囊藥丸。藥丸的圖像代表了「道德」和「秩序」,與自然的對立,Ross:「藥物能夠隱藏自然和進化的真理,秩序是不自然的,而道德本身也是不自然的。」這個簡單卻鮮明搶眼的圖像廣泛地出現在香港這個城市不同的角落,邀請公眾一起去解讀它背後隱藏的信息。 這次展覽其中展出一組多媒體裝置藝術作品,由多個具象徵性的物件和一系列標誌了膠囊藥丸的畫作建築而成。

關於藝術家

Ross Turpin (b. 1983, 德班丶南非)
作為白人少數族裔的一份子,Ross在新南非興起期間長大,那是一個非常有活力,有希望的時期,但也是既複雜且黑暗的一段歲月。 他從小便受到祖父的薰陶和啟發,祖父原藉蘇格蘭,熱愛繪畫,是一位藝術愛好者,一直是Ross從小以來的榜樣。2005年畢業於德班理工大視覺傳播系,他開始在廣告業工作,但很快就意識到,那不是他想要追求的生活。二十七歲那一年Ross決定離開南非,現擔任紋身藝術家,與家人在香港一起生活。

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Exhibition Duration: 21 October – 24 November 2017
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday I 11am – 6pm
Opening Reception: 21 October 2017 I 3 – 7pm (*Artist Present)
Venue: Art Experience Gallery

Art Experience Gallery is delighted to present Ross Turpin’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, and his first with Art Experience Gallery, featuring his most recent series of paintings on canvas and paper, and a mixed media art installation.

Born as part of a white minority in South Africa, Ross moved to Hong Kong seven years ago. Leaving his home country allows the artist to dissociate himself from the religious dogma of his childhood and start exploring the deeper constructs of himself and his surrounding. In his latest paintings, Ross creates the images in an instinctual manner, acting on recurring visions and ideas. He tries to confuse the viewer with layers that weave through each other and entangled the vision upon first glance. These images remain abstract until audience engage with them, like peering into a kind of dystopic dreamstate. Ross speaks a strong narrative of how he perceives the world, which he has translated his messages into some strong symbols and marks constantly recur in his works. His first solo exhibition explores the tension between morality and amorality: The chaos of nature and the methods of survival imparted by moral tradition.

Living in Hong Kong for seven years and witnessing new and similar social and political problems that he has experienced in South Africa, the situations in Hong Kong may have brought the artist a wider perspective and understanding to the issues happened in his home country while he no longer lives there. His painting seems to have concluded a stage of evolvement that he has gone through over the years, through his works he is able to communicate his views with people who share and feel the same hopeful ambition for a better future. “That we may all transcend the catastrophe of being and prevail,” said Ross.

Apart from his paintings, Ross puts up sticker on the streets in different cities using an image of a pill from one of his drawings. The image represents ‘morality’ and ‘order’, the antithesis of nature, “Pills and the drugs they house are able to hide the natural and evolutionary truth that order is itself unnatural, thus morality is unnatural.” This simple yet vigorous image has widely spread over the city in Hong Kong, inviting the public to decode its hidden message. In this exhibition, a mixed media installation is built at the gallery, which is formed by a number of symbolic objects and a series of pills inserted paintings.

About Artist

Ross Turpin (b. 1983, Durban, South Africa)
Born as part of a white minority, Ross grew up during the teething of New South Africa, which was a very energized, hopeful period but also complex and at times dark. He is greatly inspired by his grandfather, who was an enthusiastic painter and art-lover migrated from Scotland, has always been a role model of Ross since he was a child. After graduated from the Department of Visual Communication at Durban University of Technology in 2005, he started to work in the advertising industry, and soon realized that it was not the path he wants to pursuit in life. Ross left South Africa at the age of twenty-seven and currently works as a tattoo artist in Hong Kong with his family.

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