Arndt Art Agency
Asia Now Paris 2016
"Chimeres: A treasure hunt into the minds and universes of seven artists in Paris", TOUT PRES ART, 20 October, 2016
Panel discussion "South East Asia Now", Asia Now Paris 2016
Herve Mikaeloff (independent curator and consultant in contemporary art), Matthias Arndt (specialist of the Southeast Asian Scene, founder of Arndt Art Agency), Gaston Damag (Paris-based artist from Philippines), Cesar Villalon (founder and director of the Drawing Room), Pierre Coinde (founder of news of the world), Teow Yue Han (artist from Singapore)
ASIA NOW Director and Founder Alexandra Fain and Louis Negre in front of José Santos III's installation "High Road" (2016).
ASIA NOW PARIS
20 - 23.10.16
GROUP EXHIBITION: CHIMÈRES : VISIONS OF SOUTH EAST ASIA
Curated by Matthias Arndt and Hervé Mikaeloff
Artists: Jigger Cruz, Marina Cruz, Eko Nugroho, Manuel Ocampo, José Santos III, Rodel Tapaya, Entang Wiharso
Political Chimères, social and religious Chimères, South East Asia is a changing world and this platform offers you a map of creation from Indonesia and the Philippines. ASIA NOW wants to cast light on artists from this little known scene and their symbolic overtones, bright colours, new takes on popular myths and subversion of objects – these artists offer fanciful works that suggest themselves to you. Hailing from Island populations and strongly influenced by their geo-political history, this area developed a mythology which became the ground in which to anchor themsleves. They created characters that are funny and mysterious and that reveal an unusual mental universe. We conceived this platform as a reverie and as a treasure hunt into artists universes, which are alluring, diverse, and corrosive.
The route of Chimères essentially revolves around the artwork of José Santos III whose Manila cobblestones represent a road that leads to nowhere and the need to be guided towards the unknown. The Philippine artist Rodel Tapaya, offers a large canvas which propels us into founding sacred myths and Jigger Cruz whose paintings evoke a primitive memory. Manuel Ocampo revisits two large paintings of still life, while Marina Cruz erases the boundaries between photography and painting. The works of iconic Indonesian Eko Nugroho develops original and humorous visual imageries of the human figure through three beautiful embroideries. Lastly, the sculptured wall pieces of Entang Wiharso which are inspired by Indonesian base-reliefs.