Sundaram Tagore Brings Bold, Single-Hued Works to Art Central 2015

Calligrapher and painter  and painter  both use rich, vibrant red in their artworks. Ando’s Ephemeral Deep Red (2014) is a nearly  field with a spare horizon line, appearing like an . It has a rich, allusive tone that is fleetingly ephemeral—and sensational. Massoudy’s painting, Untitled (Earth does not belong to man; it is man who belongs to the earth.) (2012) incorporates  in garnet red. “Arabic calligraphy is something that exists inside of me,” says Massoudy, “it’s something that I’ve loved since I was a child.” His emotional connection to his work and to its ecological message is underscored by the lyrical brushmarks and affective script.
, who documents the effects of industrial development on the planet, shows two photographs at the booth. Rice Terraces #5, Western Yunnan Province, China (2012) is a blue-gray and green aerial photo of farmland that produces grain for some of the nation’s nearly 1.4 billion citizens. It depicts the way that China’s food demands have bent its environment toward economic output rather than natural bounty. Canola Field, Luoping, Yunnan Province, China (2011) shows the production of rapeseed in enormous  fields, dotted with small cone-shaped hills and covered in fog. Its bright yellow picture plane complements  Untitled (2013), a quadriptych comprised of a dripping swath of bright yellow acrylic paint framed at the top and sides by a thick, smoky hash marks in black ink.
’s Bird Land-Aerosmith (2008) is a  of one young woman’s body and hands repeated in different overlapping configurations across the image’s surface. Each iteration of her body is seemingly tattooed with a  tree in purple, and her limbs are printed with a similar pattern in black. Both are accompanied by repetitions of the logo of the band Aerosmith. The black, purple, and pink skin move between states of representation, iconography, and abstraction.
All the artists showing here use color and form synchronously to approach subjects of visibility and representation, and to draw the viewer’s attention to important issues, both global and personal.
Visit Sundaram Tagore at Art Central 2015, Booth B5, Hong Kong, Mar. 14–16, 2015.