日期：2019-03-27 ~ 2019-03-31地点
今年3月的香港Art Central艺术博览会，路由艺术将带着来自印尼的艺术家依亚拜迪欧．匹可 (Iabadiou Piko)，以及比利时的艺术家史丹．安克 (Stijn Ank) 的作品参展。
印尼艺术家依亚拜迪欧．匹可 (Iabadiou Piko)作品中强烈的色彩与元素，体现了他丰富的内心世界。匹可的作品相容了不同的文化与风格，当观者凝视着匹可的画作时，便能轻易受到他那自由的风格与不受限制的灵魂感召。匹可的每一件作品皆再再表现出他整合各种元素与媒材的卓越能力。而比利时艺术家史丹．安克 (Stijn Ank)的作品则展现了对于媒材精準的控制力，然而，其中却又不失自由意志。以石膏作为其主要的创作媒材，凭藉直觉将混有颜色的石膏倒入模中，层层堆叠，赋予作品自主权，使之得以浑然天成。
NUNU FINE ART is delightful to present the exhibition of Indonesian artist Iabadiou Piko and Belgian artist Stijn Ank for Art Central Hong Kong 2019 on March. Indonesian artist Iabadiou Piko, his creations burst with strong colors and elements, showing its rich internal world. The results of Piko’s artworks demonstrate his extraordinary ability to integrate styles from different culture streams. When it comes to Piko’s painting, visitors may see the freestyle (free spirit), whereas each picture show his great ability to compose elements and material onto the canvas.
Belgian artist Stijn Ank’s artworks show the precise control of the material and composition, but he intentionally chose not to take full control of how his work will result. Using plaster as the main medium, pouring the pigmented plaster that he picked by intuition earlier into molds layer by layer, so that the artworks were given the maximal autonomy and discretion until the works form naturally.
Both artists grew up in different cultural environments and were trained in completely different educational systems but still inherited the traits from the previous principles in art history. They shared the same spirit of reflecting on the nature of art, dedicating themselves fully to discover their own idea of the final possible answer in art.
“Controlled Coincidence” by Indonesian artist Iabadiou Piko and Belgian artist Stijn Ank
同时，在创作中加入了大量符号，亦是匹可与塔皮埃斯极为相似之处。 对于塔皮埃斯来说，这些带有寓意的元素反映了艺术家的内心世界，他对抽象艺术进行创新，结合符号象徵主义，透过这些符号赋予作品意义，同时传达艺术家的思想。而匹可的创作中始终带有相似的影子，他无意对观察的对象进行客观描写或纪录，而是在画面中利用许多符号性的图样，传达自己主观的意念和情感的想像。 匹可曾经表示，由于性格木讷使然，唯有在绘画时，才能真正地展现自己。而画作中时常出现的动物形体，或是兽爪等图像，某种程度也是匹可自己内心真实的转化。而这些象徵的符号，自然也带领着观者，进入这位来自印尼含蓄大男孩所创建的国度，奔驰在他所幻化的自由中。
There is an anecdote about Pablo Picasso: Due to his early success, Picasso’s house was always filled with art dealers waiting while he was painting inside. There was once that when Picasso was working on an uncompleted painting, he suddenly asked one of the art dealers came in and informed him the painting would be represented by him. The dealer was overjoyed, “Once it is completed, definitely a guarantee of commercial success!”
Unexpectedly, Picasso only replied with a trace of sarcasm, “This painting has completed.”
The story above not only reveals Picasso’s naughty personality, but in some ways, he was also trying to tell us: The process of making art is a continuously dialogue and battle between the artist and his/her own work. Throughout such dialogue, the artists can really bring themselves to a balance of coexistence with the work. However, this "Process" is endless, when is the moment to stop, put down the brush, and devote him/herself unreservedly on the canvas?It definitely is the most important lesson in artistic creation.
Piko's Visual Diary
If we look back the art history, the earliest to demonstrate “the process" on the canvas was Futurism in 1909. The Futurists admired the speed of mechanism and industrialization, and believed that the kinetic theory should be applied to the canvas, showing the dynamic movements of universe. They liked to use overlapping and repetitive techniques, reflecting the things in the world are constantly moving. Even today, we still can find many contemporary artists and genres, trying to reveal the reality that has always been pursued by these believers through the process of the development of artworks.
Being an artist who treats his work as a visual diary, “the process" is, of course, an important part in Iabadiou Piko's painting. In fact, with a background in photography, Piko has seen his art as a means of documenting his life. With such diary-style technique, he situates his work in an shifting position. If we describe the process of artistic creation as a process from 0 to 1, most of the artists focus on the final result. However, for Piko, he tries to present the process from 0 to 1 instead, and as for the finished piece, is nothing more than a summary of this journey.
In addition, “the process” has another meaning for Piko: The internal intimate tangles of the individual artist emitting through the art pieces. Through his paintings, we can clearly perceive his creative journey: the heap of paints, the trend of lines, the blending of colors, and all these elements, along with artist’s struggles and emotions, are entirely exposed to the viewers. Although the scenarios on the canvas are the artist's objective observation of the surroundings and the nature, they are subjectively mixed with Piko’s energy and personality. The lines are sometimes definite, sometimes distorted; the structure is sometimes compact and sometimes loose, accompanied by those discernible objects and beasts, drag us into Piko’s unique imaginary world.
Interestingly, when we face a series of Piko’s paintings, we sense a deeper impact than watching the single piece. If you read the images carefully, you will realize that there is a connection between each of his individual work. Similar to keep a diary, the feeling expression is not fragmental but Interrelated. The totem or symbolic languages randomly appear in Piko's paintings direct reflect his inner thoughts and impulses. Through the paintings, we seem to open up Piko’s personal diary and have a glimpse of the deepest part of the Indonesian artist's mind.
Symbols and Compound
In Piko’s painting, aside from the ordinary media such as charcoal, oil paints and acrylics, he also employs many rare materials like volcanic ashes and bitumen. The usage of these elements, undoubtedly relates to his motherland. Indonesia, which lies at the intersection of several tectonic plates, has intensive volcanic activity. Except for the connection with Piko’s country, it also reminds us the Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies. Piko is profoundly influenced by Tàpies. Aside from the similarity of self-taught in art from both ends, Tàpies’ way of using a variety of materials in the work also inspires Piko. For an artist, the importance of the materials that the artist put into their works from the spiritual perspective would not be evaluated inferior to the thesis within the artworks. And just like Tàpies, Piko tries to create a brand new aspect by mixing the texture of the physical materials that he'd been used. In fact, the texture surface he came up with and the direct usage of comprehensive makings would reveal not only the streak and the hue of themselves but the role of independent expressions. It also shows that the interaction between the artist and the media is also an important factor to allow the work unfold its vitality.
In addition, adding a large amount of symbols in the work is another similarity between Tàpies and Piko. For Tàpies, these moral elements reflect the artist’s mental views. He combined the abstract art with symbolism, gave meaning to the works by using the symbols, and conveyed the artist’s idea. Piko's painting shares the feature. He does not intend to objectively describe or record the objects, instead, he uses many symbolic patterns to convey his own subjective thoughts and emotional imagination. Piko once mentioned that due to his introverted personality, It was only in the moment when he draws that he could let his hair down. Also, the images of animals or claws in his works are the metaphor of his inner world in some ways. These symbolic elements naturally lead us to get into the world created by this reserved, Indonesian boy, allowing us to roam through his dreamy fantasies.
史 丹・安 克｜Stijn Ank
自建筑设计跨足纯艺术领域的创作者并不少见，如将极简主义延伸至立体雕塑的极简主义大师托尼・史密斯（Tony Smith）、以奇特而不规则线条闻名的现代主义建筑大师法兰克・盖瑞（Frank Gehry）等，都是很好的例子。而对安克来说，创造建筑与艺术品有着同样初衷——这不只是一个物件，而是一个能与「人」互动对话的窗口。
Ank’s body of work can be considered as an extensive research into the relationship between matter and void and the various ways in which contemporary sculpture can be defined in relation to its surrounding space.
He creates a mold with a variety of materials such as wood, aluminum, lead and rubber marking off the boundaries of a certain chosen space, which he then casts in plaster. During the casting process Ank mixes pigments with the liquid plaster, letting the material render their ultimate appearance. The works created by this process are both fragile and robust, delicate and solid, light as a feather and heavy as lead.
For Ank his works are not merely sculptures placed in space but 'stances' or 'subjects' that appear out of the space itself. They do not refer to any reality or to themselves as objects and define themselves on the basis of the relationships with both the viewer and the space thus continuously changing.