Isabel Croxatto Galería | Art Central HK 2018
On its fourth consecutive year at Art Central HK, Isabel Croxatto Gallery will exhibit in both PROJECTS curated by Ying Kwok, with Future Past News by Andrea Wolf and Karolina Ziulkoski, and in MAIN with a rigorous selection of artworks in different media by three young Chilean artists, Andrea Wolf, Francisco Uzabeaga, and Juana Gómez.
Art Central and Art Basel HK have proven, to be the most important and unmissable art events during the Art Week of Hong Kong. In 2017 both fairs together welcomed over 60,000 international collectors, curators and art enthusiasts, showcasing the next generation of artist from around the world. This year Art Central features over 100 internationally established contemporary art galleries, including Isabel Croxatto Gallery, from Santiago, Chile who brings contemporary Art from the very south of the world, and for the first time will also be taking part in PROJECTS.
PROJECTS curated by Ying Kwok, whom recently curated the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, presents a series of six thought-provoking, large scale installations situated throughout the fair that features two important facets of contemporary art practice today: progressive mediums such as technology, augmented reality and kinetic art, alongside insightful historical and cultural narratives.
Future Past News (2016), a collaboration between Andrea Wolf (Chile/USA) and Karolina Ziulkoski (Brazil/USA), is a Interactive Augmented Reality (AR) experience that seeks to expose the disturbing parallels between current global affairs and the pre-war turmoil of 1937. The installation situates the viewer in a circa 1937 living room with a focal point of a television set playing archive news footage from the period. The newsreel ends with an ominous message saying, "In the hands of these five men rested the destiny of the world: Mikado, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and Franklin D. Roosevelt. May they be wise, tolerant and sane – so that Peace on Earth and Good Will toward men will reign for years to come." Viewers are invited to look at these images of the past through an AR app that switches the content of the 8mm newsreel from pre-war 1937 to present news. The custom made AR app in the iPad responds in real time to the news playing on the old TV set, replacing the past events with footage of current news that are displayed on the iOS device. Juxtaposing both moments, Future Past News highlights the parallels in history and the obviousness of repetition, working as a double mirror that reflects the social space and in turn, is reflected by it.
In MAIN Isabel Croxatto Gallery presents a selection of new works by Chilean artists; Juana Gómez (hand embroidery) who was featured last year as one of the young revelations of Art Central, and for the first time in Hong Kong and Asia, Francisco Uzabeaga (painting) as well as Andrea Wolf (new media).
Juana Gómez’s hand embroidered photographic canvases, combine the spheres of science exploration with ancestral tradition. Weaving complex scientific and mythological patterns into images, Juana makes visible a combination of the patterns, molecules and small organisms that give us life. She uses imagery that is both hers and her daughter’s, crossing over and over again with her needle and threads, and tattooing the skin of the fabric. Her work is interested in placing mankind within a broader context of interconnectivity. Her last series "Distaff", was recently exhibit at Michael Hoppen Gallery and Paris Photo, in collaboration with Isabel Croxatto Gallery.
Francisco Uzabeaga presents large scale paintings with a hyper-realist pictorial language that develop as a child. Uzabeaga work takes from the mass media circulation of the 80s, the default and degradation of color, pixel, proper of printed image and by appropriating these defaults he reproduces the found image, restoring them back to the “Fine Art” category.
Andrea Wolf explores the relationship between personal memory and cultural practices of remembering. Using techniques such as projection mapping and algorithmic manipulations, Andrea combines home movies, vintage photos and postcards with physical objects ranging from intimate dioramas to large-scale floating panels of plexiglass. Her multimedia installations and video sculptures examine how technology, media and memory affect and transform each other, creating models of remembrance that are culturally shaped.
Must highlight, Isabel Croxatto Gallery participation in Art Central Hong Kong has been co-financed by Pro-Chile, and is supported by SISMICA, Chilean Visual Arts Network.
Artist Andrea Wolf will be joining Isabel Croxatto Gallery at the fair and will be available for interviews. To coordinate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabel Croxatto Galería | Art Central HK
MAIN | BOOTH D06
PROJECTS | BOOTH D02
27 March - 1 April 2018