Group On-Line Exhibition:

"PROMISED LAND"

 

emerging and mid-career artists 

22 February - 30 March 2022

opening 23 February at 11 pm

ARTISTS:

 

 

 

Jose Ignacio Hernandez

Svetlin Trendafilov 

Maja Puđa

Fahmida Enam Kakoli

Ling Li Wang

Lakshmi Deepika

Vanessa Cardui

João Góis

Paul Delpani

LING-LI WANG, TAIWAN

Ling-Li Wang is a non-traditional Taiwanese artist who creates surrealistic and

abstract yet simple pieces using ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, drawing pads and

lots of passion.

She studied mechanical drawing and worked in the field of 2D and 3D computer

drawing for several years before discovering the world of art therapy which is

how she found her way of creating.

Her pieces have won several awards and participated in international exhibitions,

most recently including the London Art Biennale 2021, United Kingdom and the

Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize 2021, Italy.

You don’t need to prepare any thoughts before you try to see her works, She enjoys

different opinions and angles from different cultures and backgrounds! Which makes her

think “Oh! So they can actually become...”

The images tell the stories of her life, her gains, her pains, her hopes and her

fears. “Creation is a way for me to talk to myself.” says Wang.

Her art is not only a reflection of the changes in her life, but also a power that

gives her strength to face life’s challenges. “I created, then I grew.” says Wang, “I

appreciate that I’ve learned how to draw. When I draw, I question. I question

back, I answer, I seek, then I break through.”

In her art, worlds develop, spread and link together. Each has its own story.

You’re welcome to discover these worlds!

This is her second exhibition with the gallery. She also participated in: HERE COMES THE SUN Exhibition in November 2021.

MAJA PUĐA, CROATIA

Maja Puđa was born in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on January 17 1999.  She graduated from

High School as an economic technician in 2017 and enrolled into the Art Academy in Split.

In 2020 she completed undergraduate study program of Fine Culture and Fine Arts (univ.bacc.art).

Currently she is enrolled in the final year of the Graduate program. 

In spare time she works as an makeup artist with two degrees.

"Metaphysics is the spring of my inspiration and the path I follow while searching for

possible solutions. I have shown landscapes that are prolonged by thought and sense of

another dimension which is not visible to us, but as such exists. Man, animals, and the

smallest object appear associatively as an indication while making the statement of the

self-recognition. I am using layer transparency, shape overlap and dynamic flow to

emphasize the importance of energy while I am using it as the inspiration for the "Reservior". "

About the painting: 

"Essence of the Horse" (oil on canvas, 120x80 cm, 2021.)

These are the spiritual and molecular cells of a powerful being as shown. From tiny to

large and functional circuits, it becomes a huge force of energy. I fictionally create layers by

which I emphasize the strength of the animal in motion. The unmutable part in the eye gets

a new meaning and suddenly fiction becomes a world of evil. “Nature is born before us as

an image, as an opportunity: landscapes, horizons, dreams, strata...and people. The

characters are muted, possessed, as if someone behind called the empty faces and gave them

eyes to see where they are going."

LAKSHMI DEEPIKA, INDIA

Deepika tells us: 

"I am a visual artist whose projects involve paintings using pointillism as the form of art. My

work is a mix of natural and interpretive art and I use nature as my major theme of

communicating my thoughts on canvas, leveraging the essence of life and environment with

the ideals of human innovation to create a lively, flowing artscape. For the past few years, I

have been an active professional artist and my projects examine the topics of life, creation

and sustainability.

I am currently in my final year of Bachelor of Fine Arts and aim to become an active

professional artist and art educator with ambitions for national and international projects and

exhibitions to explore new forms of artistic expression while examining the various impacts

of the confluence of cultures on modern day visual art.

In the early stages of my career, when I joined the course in fine arts, there was a lot of

intrigue and excitement as I learnt new styles and art forms. Later there was the agony of

having to comply with certain ‘rules’ of art and while I did rebel against it, I found that the

compliance allowed me to be more competitive and made me obsessed with painting and to

aim for perfection. This led to a lot of revisions in my paintings and I learnt to study and

understand the intricacies and minutiae of art. Finally, I now have a sense of completeness

about where I stand regarding my choice of art styles.

My interest lies in creating a distinctive use of pointillism and experimenting with various

mediums and styles like stippling, pointillism and dot painting, while using different types of

paper and canvas. As I shift towards a more publicly engaged focus, looking beyond the

traditional gallery and art world model, I am increasingly focused on live sketching, mixing of

mediums and taking my art to more people - which feels like an organic extension of my

artistic skill and its focus on engagement."

SVETLIN TRENDAFILOV, BULGARIA

Known for his dream kind of atmospheric landscapes, Svetlin Trendafilov is a 29-year-old artist, poet, writer, musician and

photographer from the town of Kavarna, Bulgaria. Self-taught author.

Works at the techniques of oils and watercolor painting, so as

cartoon drawing.

Graduated designer of architectural environment (Bachelor) and

teacher-educator of visual arts (Master).

Former dance sport competitor with a coaching aptitude. Vice-

champion of 5 cities and second in Bulgaria in 2006

Contemporary relative of the legendary writer Yordan Yovkov.

Author of 6 solo fine art exhibitions (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,

2018) and participant in both collective national and international

exhibitions in Bulgaria, Croatia, Albania, Turkey, Romania, Italy,

Pakistan, Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine, Macedonia, Malaysia, Singapore,

France, Indonesia, USA, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Vietnam,

Korea, Japan, Nepal, etc.

Award winner of more than 90 prizes of Visual Arts, including

Australia, Germany, Egypt, as well.

JOSE IGNACIO HERNANDEZ, SPAIN

Born in 1971, lives and works in San Sebastian.

HUMANOPOLIS is a photographic project that aims to humanize the city, recovering the initial destination for which is was built and to make the citizen see that it is at his service and that he has to feel it what way. Humanópolis, shows the interconnection of man with the city, uses the metamorphosis of the body with the landscape of the city, intervenes in public space. The naked body of a man as a symbol stripped of all sexual, economic, racial, political and social conditions. The images recreate, reconstruct the city through the intervention of the naked body with the urban space.

PAUL DELPANI, AUSTRIA

Paul Delpani is an artist from Vienna, Austria. Born in 1966

Austria is a place of tradition and art, which is sourounding you everywhere. It is this this special

environment which gave rise to Paul Delpanis career. Always keen on understanding and

questioning circumstances, ambience and interconnectedness he focuses on photography and

digital media to depict all this.

In a combination of analytic and procedual methods and with the eagerness to find a stylistic

experimation Paul Delpani researches the potential of photography, starting from alternative

processes, namely cyanotypes to digital painting. Trained on processes he uses photography

conceptionally, mainly thinking in series giving a meaning.

He exhibits since 2000, concentrating on international exhibitions since 2016 and took part in various

Group and Solo exhibitions internationally and nationally, such as Texas, New York, London, Scotland,

Bangkok, Budapest, Venice, Nice (France) but also Vienna.

Participation in photo festivals in Spain and Vienna, Honorable mentions and prizes in competitions.

His artwork is also represented in collections in Europe.

JOAO GOIS, FRANCE/PORTUGAL

Paris based plastic artist, João Góis, has been developing his body of work through

colorful and introspective oil paintings and installations. After studying at Fine Arts School in

Lisbon, he honed his skills and technique while finishing his masters in Management,

combining both artistic education with the practical side of the art business.

The artist fell in love with the process of creating complex and less complex

compositions about his own reality. Seeking to bring an intimate component to the current

contemporary art practice where establishes a communication with the viewer through

aesthetic pieces, he looks into embracing vulnerability and starting a conversation with the

viewer, being stripped from the dogmas linked to ourselves and to men’s negative condition

of feeling.

The new collection Pandora Box fits this reality and will be presented in exhibitions

in London, Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam and in international publications.

"The process starts by finding a solution to a self-imposed problem: How can I explain

how I feel? In which ways can this emotion be represented? What are the most suitable

mediums to express it?

By dealing with universal feelings - tragedy, doom, revenge, uncertainty, joy - in

relation with color and form, my work seeks to find solutions and create an introspective

reality through figurative compositions, self-portraits and its colorful symbolic elements. An

aesthetic discussion is done around these enigmas, establishing a communication with the

viewer. The work aims to be aesthetically pleasant.

In times where we are afraid of feeling, with a lack of a sense of belonging, in a deep

need to find our identity, I choose myself. After being stripped from the dogmas linked to

ourselves and to men’s negative condition of feeling, I embrace vulnerability and reframe it,

starting a conversation and bringing an intimate component to the current contemporary art

practice."

FAHMIDA ENAM KAKOLI, BANGLADESH

Fahmida Enam Kakoli completed MFA from Institute of Fine  Art, DU in 1997. She arranged four solo painting exhibitions and took part in three duet exhibitions in Bangladesh and South Korea. She participated in more than 50 group exhibitions, 30 art camps and workshops in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Japan, Korea, China, Myanmar and UK. She achieved 5 awards in Bangladesh and UK, and she also achieved a six-month-fellowship award under The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea.Now she is working as a freelance artist and also working as a Curator & Organizer for  Studio48. 

VANESSA CARDUI, GERMANY

Vanessa Cardui, born in 1987, is a video artist from Berlin. She studied art and media at the University of Hildesheim in Germany and “Médiation culturelle des arts” at Université de Provence in France. She deals with the topics of environmental protection and sustainability and questions being human as well as being woman in times of change. Vanessa Cardui transforms everyday objects into pieces of art by exploring the different techniques of animation to bring the objects to life. She works with meaningful color contrasts and creates an imaginative world that arises from the texture of the material.

Vanessa Cardui's work has received national and international awards. She is the winner of this year's international competition “Genius Loci Weimar”, her audiovisual project “The Red Thread” was projected in September 2021 on the Altenburg building in Weimar, the former University of Music. Her film “The green thread” has received the Green Award in October 2021 as part of the Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin in “Moviemento”, the oldest cinema in Germany. Vanessa Cardui is exhibiting her video works as part of the “Art4Future” initiative to promote up-and-coming young artists at UniCredit Bank AG in Berlin from September 2021 to March 2022. Her experimental animation film "Color dance" won in the Micro Short Animation category at the Prague International Film Festival in May 2021 and became the semi-finalist at the AltFF Alternative Film Festival in Toronto.

Vanessa Cardui:
"Through moving images I can express myself and try out new ways. I love to explore new materials and mediums and to bring them together. A thread becomes a line in my drawing, a pair of socks turns into a painting, a torn paper becomes an ocean, ... Being creative means to me being open minded. And being an artist means to me being courageous to talk about something that hasn't been talked about in that way."

Description of artworks:
"Nature Dance", 1min, 2022:
Flowers, leaves and branches are dancing in a circle. But the idyll of
the natural circle is acoustically sawn in half by industrial noises and
machine rhythms - the harmonious image of nature is falling apart - The natural
cycle comes to a standstill.

"Berlin Wall", 2021
The history of the Berlin Wall is rolled up with a black thread that traces the
former border zone. The feelings of being trapped and of wanting to fly away are
expressed physically. In the Metamorphoses, the body moves along the wall, forms
a ball of wool, crawls along the wall and finally breaks through it. Between
movement and standstill, the body draws double-exposed images on the Berlin Wall,
which become street art. This is an experimental, animated short film that
captures the "divided" body and its fragmented movements.


"Colour Dance", 2021
"Color Dance" is a paper cut animation. The colors begin to dance to the rhythm
of the music. Due to the reduced, geometric shapes, the colors begin to move
completely detached from the representational world. Harmonious color tones, but
also shrill color dissonances are creating an exciting choreography of dancing
colors.

"The green thread", 2021
A piece of thread is cut off again and again from a ball of wool until almost
nothing is left of it and in the end, life only hangs on a very thin, short
thread. The pictorial metaphor of the increasingly smaller ball of wool shows the
finiteness of our natural resources.

Everything is connected to one another by the same green thread. The same thread
that shapes the planet also draws the silhouette of man and gives him its shape.
So basically we are all hanging by the same thread that holds us and the world
together. When man cuts off something from the great ball of wool on his planet,
he ultimately cuts himself too, and everything he does to the planet, he
ultimately does to himself.

With the animation film the artist creates awareness for our actions and shows
the meaningfulness and ultimately the necessity of climate protection in a
sensual way. And despite the severity of the problem, she opposes a lightness and
aesthetic that makes a positive rethink possible.