Galerie Ora-Ora is proud to present Nature Speaks. From the seventeenth century genius of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, into the 19th Century with self-taught artist Winslow Homer and ground-breaking impressionists like Claude Monet, western art entered the 20th century with a strong impetus of landscape innovation. The Chinese tradition was a longer and more varied one, which entered the 20th Century with an increasing willingness to look westwards. The subject matter inspired both hemispheres for equal reasons: both Eastern and Western artists have been capturing nature’s beauty of colour, its shifting light, the inconceivable elegance of its forms and the unpredictable complexion of its landscapes.
As nature speaks to people in its own unique language of colours, forms, sounds and landscapes, people connect with nature with our individual philosophical mindfulness, cultural traditions, and personal sensibility. It is this universality of nature that makes it one of the most dynamic inspirations for past and present artists across all continents to express, explore, and experiment.
At Nature Speaks, Galerie Ora-Ora hopes to curate a group exhibition of artists from very different backgrounds, yet all drawing their inspiration from the expressive qualities that nature holds. Nature becomes the stage for deeper philosophical themes.
This exhibition shall mark Swedish artist Erik Jeor’s Asia debut. Working primarily with watercolour on paper, Jeor creates a new topography, a psychological landscape that often appears fantastic and erratic, even musical. As a child, Jeor played the flute and the cello, taught in the Suzuki method, built on hearing exercises rather than reading notes. To this day, the artist sees this method of learning music as being instrumental in his technique of painting: “Your ear is trained to follow things. Also, you are part of an orchestra. My paintings feel like this... ”.
Juxtaposing to Erik Jeor’s whimsical topographies is a mix media video artwork by the well-acclaimed Hong Kong artist Kum Chi Keung. Fusing moving images of modern mechanics with traditional landscapes, Kum expresses his ideology of human evolution, being able to trespass the dependency of urban technology and reconnect with nature.
Another highlight is American sculptor Will Clift. Clift’s sculptures are often described as “drawings in space”.
Converting weight and strength into balance and poise, they translate an intuitive, emotional response, a respite from the hectic pace of the world.
Selected artworks for this exhibition not only re-invent nature’s beauty in the artist’s own language, but often awaken our conscience that humans and nature are all one. Now embedded in the 21st century, the opportunity for a western and eastern dialogue on nature has never had more potential for fruitful exchange. This is a forum of universality, of infinite variety, impervious to human change, and yet continually evolving. Nature is both seasonal and timeless, and art itself rises to emulate its moods, emotions and perspectives. The noise of this timely conversation, this dialogue of east and west, of art and nature, is what our title of Nature Speaks celebrates.