MARS are pleased to announce they will be taking a group exhibition of four Contemporary Artists to Art Central Hong Kong 2017. The Exhibition titled Glow IV brings together four artists who will create new work based around the common thread of working with light; Daniel Agdag, Stephane Guiran, Aly Indermühle and Giles Ryder.
As MARS have been performing consistently well in the Australian market place, MARS Director Andy Dinan felt that it was time to take MARS artists again to the world stage by exhibiting in this, just their second international art fair, after a successful Art Fair Tokyo, 2016.
Dinan says she has been preparing and researching Hong Kong intensively and remains convinced that Hong Kong is the country for a group exhibition based around the theme of light as this shares the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong and its culture.
Dinan admits she is not frightened to go out on a limb, "Now when the industry is tough it’s time to have a look at new opportunities. MARS have been showing exhibitions interstate, launched temporary city Pop Up spaces in Melbourne, Australia, staged one-night only private events and exhibited consistently at Australian Art Fairs to provide our artists with as much exposure as possible " said Dinan
“Our artists are making work that provide a cutting edge within a global context and we are proud to be promoting this kind of work internationally. The four artists that we are taking to Art Central Hong Kong - Daniel Agdag, Stehane Guiran, Aly Indermühle and Giles Ryder provide a conceptual understanding of our multicultural nation, while their preoccupation with light as a medium, reflects the timeless mythology of the Australian continent which our best artists have understood and always expressed.” Said Dinan.
MARS Gallery is proud to present a new body of work by acclaimed artist Daniel Agdag at Art Central Honk Kong 2017. Agdag is renowned for his highly detailed and intricate sculptures made from the unassuming medium of cardboard and PVA glue. His sculptures take the form of fictional buildings, vehicles and industrial machines that reveal an ongoing fascination with modern industry and engineering. Despite their complexity, all the sculptures are sourced from the artist’s imagination and are not based on prior blueprints or plans. In this way, Agdag describes his practice as akin to ‘sketching with cardboard’ as the process of creation occurs completely intuitively and organically.
Agdag is an artist on the rise; his cardboard sculptures are highly sought after by Australian and international collectors, and he has a waiting list for his dome commissions. Recent clients include Hermes, who commissioned Agdag to create a work that will tour their worldwide stores. As a local artist, Agdag has also recently completed public art projects at the banks of the Yarra in Abbotsford, and the building façade of Smith and Co in Collingwood (both in Melbourne).
Following on from sell-out shows at Sydney Contemporary 2013, Melbourne Art Fair 2014, his debut solo show at MARS in 2014 The Principles of Aerodynamics and Sydney Contemporary 2015, Art Fair Tokyo 2016, Adgag’s new series of work for will be the first time the artists work has been shown in Hong Kong.
Agdag’s newest series of sculpture will be sure to impress and delight audiences at Art Cnetral Hong Kong. Agdag is renowned for his highly detailed and intricate sculptures made from the unassuming medium of cardboard and PVA glue. His sculptures take the form of fictional buildings, vehicles and industrial machines that reveal an ongoing fascination with modern industry and engineering. Art Central 2017 will be the first time Agdag will include lighting elements in his work.
Stephane Guiran’s professional career began in graphic design and the tight line- work of that practice was reflected in his shift to sculpture in 2002. He had completed a yearlong residency in Barcelona, where he mastered the art of metallurgy, torturing and twisting steel into organic, elegant forms. But it did not take long for Guiran to turn from pure metallurgy to inspired alchemy. Since that time Guiran has moved on to become a global presence with his sleek modernist constructions.
Gradually, his sleek steel structures were engulfed in crystal and glass, becoming more and more organic as time passed by. Hinting at calligraphy and Japanese haikus – as Guiran himself suggests, life; “sketched out in this plant alchemy that transmutes lead, silica and bronze into a path of lightness.”
His sculptures yielded seeds that in turn evoked new forms and new variations. The crystal seeds sprung new fruit; photographs and drawings soon joined the sculptures. Guiran was creating an entire world, one in which he was topographer and gardener, alchemist and magician. The results, vibrating with new life forms, seem to evoke a continual sense of growth.
The soft glow of warmth, a vibrant, energetic atmosphere, a calming meditative mood: these are responses Aly Indermühle's artworks elicit from her spectators. Her distinctly feminine light works in both public and private spaces combine elements of wonder with the spectacle of technology, yet her works remain firmly grounded in the realm of art and skillfully navigate away from gadgetry. Space engulfed and altered by light, colour, and mood - the inspiration for her light works are found in her viewer's experiences and reactions, leading her to attempt to connect on a human level through emotion and feeling.
Colour and light are explored in her practice as a means of human connection. Her sculptural light penetrates its surroundings and wraps the viewer in its welcoming glow. These works are intended for every human; they are about the connection we all long for in a technology is driven world, delivering answers in the quest for beauty in our lives.
Giles Ryder is a multi-disciplinary artist based between South East Asia and Australia. A graduate of Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia he also undertook Postgraduate studies at Sydney College of Art and Kunsthochschule Berlin, with funding from Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. Ryder was a previous recipient of the ARTAND Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award in 2006 and was an Asian Pacific Artist Fellow at Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2011.
Ryder has situated his practice within South East Asia (Thailand and Cambodia predominantly) as a means of expanding on his particular aesthetics and attacking the history of cultural appropriation and colonialism, by using the ‘exotic’ location of Thailand as a distancing tool.
Ryder reacts to the notion of ‘lost in the tropics’ and an incorrectly placed notion of being in a ‘Paradise’ to produce self-exiled abstractions in the wilderness of the wild east, by pointing towards self-authorship and myth of artists such as Blinky Palermo (his character name, that of a new world underground character) and Paul Gauguin (the explorer / traveller and storyteller). It is here that the works are both dislocated and relocated via this fracturing of both Western and Eastern ideals. A foreigner creating formalist works in the East, he is compounding and conflating these histories to create experiential narratives, which belong equally and unequivocally in both domains equivalently.
Ryder’s work is held in both Public including Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Artbank, Sydney; and Griffith Artworks, Brisbane. Ryder’s works are included in private collections in Austria, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Munich, Leiden, Netherlands, Edinburgh, London, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Ryder teaches at Bangkok University International and has also taught at Sydney College of the Arts / The University of Sydney and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Ladkrabaeng in Thailand.
Ryder is represented by MARS Gallery Melbourne Australia, H Gallery Bangkok Thailand and First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe South Africa.