Warehouse Story VII (group)
Date 2021.03.25-2021.05.08...closes in 16 day(s)
Opening
Venue Vanguard Gallery
(Room 204, Building 4A, 50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai)
Artist Jin Haofan, Gabriel Lester, Park Kelvin Kyung Kun

Synopsis

Vanguard Gallery is pleased to present Gabriel Lester, Jin Haofan, and Kelvin Kyungkun Park in the seventh instalment of “Warehouse Story”.
Gabriel Lester is a Dutch artist whose works consist of installations, sculptures, performances and films, as well as other activities including commissioned art in public space, physical structures and design. Lester’s creations originate from his desire to tell stories and to establish contexts and settings that support these stories or propose their own narrative interpretation. His vocabulary is characterized as cinematographic, without necessarily employing film or video as a medium. However, just like moviemaking, Lester’s practice has come to embrace and utilize all imaginable media and talent. Open ended, unresolved, seeking to keep mysteries alive and without explicit messages or singular ideas, his works proposes ways to relate to the world, how it is (re-) presented and what mechanisms constitute our perception and understanding of it. With emphasis on human existence and experience, Lester's projects aim to sharpen and flex the mind. This time we will show his photography and video works from two series.
As a member of the Jiu Society, Jin Haofan has created an ambiguous barrier between his own practice and the artist group’s collective creations in terms of style and subject matter. Jin Haofan focuses on oil painting which, in his own words, is a representation of views and sites based on description or recollection of the surroundings. However, the images on the canvas challenges our definition of the “surrounding” as a physical idea, or they goes beyond the realm of the physical reality that we are more familiar with. In this exhibition, we will encounter the latest series of painting from the artist.
Kelvin Kyung Kun Park’s multidisciplinary practice extends from video and documentary to installation. His works encompass the structural problems tangled up in Asian societies and its distinct manifestation in South Korea. Dealing with topics that have palpable masculine traits that mirror the characteristics of the society—such as metal workshops, steel mills, shipbuilders and car factories—he uses his own cinematic language, often tinted with bold colors, that is obsessed with the superficial, physical, and visual aspects of his subjects. However, what underpinning is the artist’s contemplation of the social mentality and the subtle collectivist mindset of individuals.
About the artists
Jin Haofan was born in Guangdong Province in 1987. He graduated from Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 2010 majored in oil painting. In 2015, he founded artists group Jiu Society together with Fang Di and Ji Hao. Jin now works and lives in Shenzhen, China. Recent exhibitions include: Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen, China (2017); Good Night, ldiot, Tenjinyama Art Studio, Sapporo, Japan (2016 solo exhibition); Sullivan’s Attic, MOU Art, Beijing,China(2016); MTRRAGE(with He Shaotong), Gallery 55, Shanghai, China(2015 solo exhibition).
Kelvin Kyung Kun Park is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist from Seoul who works primarily in film and video, photography and installations. In 2018, he was nominated for “Korea Art Prize”, and won 2018 BIFF Mecenat Award (Documentaries). His work frequently takes inspiration from the cultural anxieties, myths and narratives that inform South Korea’s identity.
Born in 1972 in Amsterdam, Gabriel Lester is a visual artist and director. Now lives and works in Netherlands. Gabriel Lester’s works across various disciplines including music, cinema, installation, sculpture, architecture and performance. Many of his works evolve around the very nature of the media of our time, and transform the space and time through meticulously altering the media and narrative forms.