gallery UG Tennoz is pleased to announce “Perfect Illusion”, a solo exhibition by Lin Chia Hung, from December 3 till December 23, 2023.
''The sunlight streams through the windows, gently rousing me from my slumber. I relish the tranquility of this moment, accompanied by the enticing scent of freshly brewed coffee. As I traverse the familiar streets, I warmly greet my neighbors. Upon returning home after nightfall, I indulge myself in delectable cuisine and cherish the comforting atmosphere.''
Artist Lin Chia Hung, embarks on a contemplative journey, questioning whether the perfect reality exists through examining his seemingly comfortable and conventional existence, while he explores the intricate interplay between the realms of virtuality and reality, as exemplified in renowned cinematic works such as "The Matrix" and "Free Guy". The artworks showcased at 2023 ARTSOLO Taipei deeply delved into the development of virtual reality and artificial intelligence; This solo exhibition in Tokyo, further leads viewers to contemplate the existential value and meaning of life.
Lin Chia Hung specializes in using simple images and calm and collected emotions to convey social issues and to further raise questions and prompt reflections in people. Simultaneously, he demonstrates a keen interest in humanity's endeavor towards scientific and technological advancement, while also contemplating the inherent contradictions and moments of enlightenment experienced by individuals within this pursuit. Drawing upon existentialism, Chia Hung attempts to elucidate how the value of human beings and the meaning of existence is redefined in the process of highly developing civilization.
The focuses of Lin Chia Hung's artworks have undergone notable transformations these years, encompassing diverse aspects of life's stages, as well as his concerns about ecological sustainability, space exploration, AI, and other issues. This solo exhibition can be regarded as a comprehensive compilation of the artist's extensive body of work accumulated over several years, the name "Perfect Illusion" refers to the flawless and idealized condition of existence that is created when the virtual and actual worlds are seamlessly integrated. Within the works, viewers can discern recurring elements pertaining to the concept of system noises and fluidity, which demonstrate Chia Hung's investigation into the genuineness of his own existence and the world we belong to. Meanwhile, he reiterates to the viewers that people are currently experiencing a perfect illusion that is progressively transitioning into a digitalized realm that presents a complex blend of truth and falsehood, prompting individuals to filter and speculate on both objective and subjective realities.
Arts Maebashi 10th Anniversary Exhibition - New Horizon: Vision of the Future
Arts Maebashi and various facilities around downtown Maebashi
Arts Maebashi 10th Anniversary Exhibition
New Horizon: Vision of the Future
Arts Maebashi in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year after opening in October 2013 as a public art museum in a renovated commercial facility located in downtown Maebashi. Since its opening, the museum has showcased many local art projects as well as exhibitions based on the three concepts of “being creative,” “sharing with others,” and “being interactive.” This exhibition, “New Horizon: Vision of the Future,” commemorates the museum’s 10th anniversary and will further expand the collaboration between citizens and artists based at Arts Maebashi to the urban area. It will display works using artificial intelligence, augmented reality (AR), and other technologies in the arcade area, which is awaiting redevelopment, and in surrounding contemporary buildings developed through urban design in partnership with the public and private sectors. The project will also expand its activities to the city center and will include immersive video installations and works from the residency programs of young artists who will lead the next generation. In anticipation for the “next 10 years” of Arts Maebashi, this exhibition will open up new possibilities for art and museums in an ever-changing city.
Andrew BINKLEY, ISHITA Michiyuki/DecideKit/The Fox, The Folks/Rampages Production Ltd., IDA Yukimasa, OKADA Nami, Olafur ELIASSON, KAWAUCHI Rikako, KIHARA Tomo, GOKITA Tomoo, CAI Guo-Qiang, Zadok BEN-DAVID, James TURRELL, Sputniko!, SEKIGUCHI Kotaro, TAKEDA Teppei, NINAGAWA Mika, HAKAMADA Kyotaro, HASHIGUCHI Lintalow, Bill VIOLA, MAD DOG JONES, MUM & GYPSY, MATSUYAMA Tomokazu, MURATA Mineki, YOKOYAMA Nami, 403architecture [dajiba], YAMAGUCHI Meguru, Refik ANADOL, WOW
Venue｜Arts Maebashi and various facilities around downtown Maebashi
Exhibition Period｜October 14, 2023 [Sat] – February 12, 2024 [Mon] (national holiday)
Hours｜10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Admission until 5:30 p.m.)
Closed｜Wednesdays (Closed for New Years: 12/27 [Wed] – 1/4 [Thu])
Organizer｜New Horizon Exhibition Organizing Committee, Maebashi City
Subsidizer｜Gunma Arts & Culture Creation Project, Foundation for Gunma Food and History
Artistic Director｜NANJO Fumio (Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Special Director of Arts Maebashi, Advisor to the Maebashi City Cultural Arts Strategy)
Special Cooperation｜ Shintaro Akatsu Collection, Taguchi Art Collection, Taguchi Art Foundation, Art Office Shiobara, MARS LLC, Shiroiya Hotel, Maebashi Galleria, Suzuran Maebashi
Art Director｜UENISHI Yuri（hokkyoku co., ltd.）
Curators｜MIYAMOTO Takenori, ARIMA Keiko, TSUJI Mizuki, TAKAHASHI Yuka
Project Support｜FUJIHANE.LLC, yanaimade
Cooperation｜ Maebashi Central Shopping Street Cooperative Association, Maebashi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Maebashi Convention & Visitors Association, Maebashi City Machizukuri Public Corporation
Sponsored by Gunma Prefecture, Jomo Shinbun, Gunma TV, FM Gunma, Maebashi City FM
Students, 65+ years old, groups (10+ people): ￥1,000
High school students and under: Free
*Please purchase your passport at the ticket counter on the 1st floor of Arts Maebashi.
*Free admission for disability certificate holders plus one caregiver.
*Admission is free for university, vocational, and junior college students on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
*Admission is free on 10/26 [Thu], the museum’s opening anniversary day.
【Event & Program】
Information on events and programs during the exhibition will be available soon.
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In moments when I feel like I’m in a place independent of my surroundings,
I sometimes feel like I’m in a different time and space.
The feeling is like clouds or smoke that change shape with no regard for time
that people have to live by, and it also feels like a space of my own.
To turn, various scenes that came up in my imagination from things I encountered.
To express freedom, time and desires that are on the verge of being discarded from memory.
That is what is important, in order for me to be me and for a person to be them self.
He comes from a family of sculptors who have been practicing Buddhism for generations. Her large works are nearly life-size female figures, while her smaller works are pop and comical animal figures. Having been familiar with statues of gods and Buddha from various periods, he has not hesitated to move toward diverse expressions, and continues to move back and forth between the two energetically.
The motifs chosen by Nami OKADA for her artwork are places she has visited personally. Her artwork arouses feelings of déjà vu and of reaching across time in viewers, whose backgrounds all differ.
Each person forms a distinct impression of a given building or piece of scenery due to the differences in their memories and experiences. Such spaces thus possess a multitude of forms.
It is only when there is commonality in the interpretations of multiple viewers that a given piece of scenery takes on certain meaning.
OKADA brings life to One View by exploring the relationship between pieces of scenery that have taken on meaning due to the overlapping of such commonalities and pieces of scenery whose meaning has yet to take shape.