Livia Schaeffer Nonose @livisn
Visually appealing. The first impression about the work of Japanese collaborative group teamLab, and enough for anyone to jump in and immerse into the tech and artsy world that every installation and exhibition represents.
With artworks that often interact with the audience’s presence, teamLab’s founder Toshiyuki Inoki believes in the traditional aspect of Art as a channel of personal and physical expression in a sense that space and visitors blend through stimulus producing unforgettable experiences,releasing the art from a linear representation very common in western styles. It it as well, this same idea of traditionalism in how art was and still is created, that he envisions to break free by engaging technology in reproducing and producing digital works of art in a visionary mission ahead of any other project.
One of the most interesting concepts incorporated by the collaborative team is the Japanese sense of spatial recognition from pre-modern Japanese Art. It interprets the understanding of visual information by individuals while studying the depiction of space in the Asian style of a single plan view, where 3-D images are turned flat and the viewer, no matter its perspective, can see the piece of work from different angles as if part of it. The so called Ultra Subjective Space allows such flexibility and claims to bring people closer to the notion of “whole” by integrating them and fostering a sense of belonging. It is a beautiful and intelligent mindset.
Technology is the key takeaway of the team founded in 2001 and self acclaimed “ultra-technologists”, including programmers, architects, mathematicians and others professionals with a background in tech, together with artists and designers aim to balance art, technology, science and creativity. The multi disciplinary aspect of its formation may be the crucial element of its success, with ideas from different areas engaging with one purpose in mind to innovate and create with the best resources of each area.
Some of its other guiding concepts are about transcending boundaries between artworks, allowing interactions within the same space as well as freeing the art piece from a frame and its position conditioned to a wall, to dialogue with the viewers, surrounding them.
With technologies that use locations as canvas, teamLab also promotes the relationship between people and the city, without altering the urban function or creating waste.
Toshiyuki Inoko, Co-Founder, teamLab:
"The digital realm, free from physical constraints, allows for unlimited possibilities of expression and transformation."
Since 2014, teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery.
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Some elements are recurrent in the latest works of Korean contemporary artist Kim Joon: The presence of the human body figure as fragments of porcelain, often disembodied and coated in patterns that allude to tattoos.
The result is a beautiful scene that dialogues with the subject of tattooing as a form of representing both physical and conscious impressions, while his works also reflect other elements, influenced by western cultural presence in Korea, and the perception of tattoos by the Korean society.
Some of Koon’s works include:
2016 'KIM JOON' (Musee Magnelli, Vallauris,FR)
2016 'KIM JOON-CRASHING' (Waterfall gallery,NY)
2015 ‘somebody' (Park rue sook gallery. Seoul)
2013 'Moutai' (Space Can,.Beijing)
2013 'Island' (Gallery Leebae, Busan)
2012 ‘blue jean blues’ (Sundaram Tagore Gallery,New York)
2012 ‘blue jean blues’ (art link, seoul)
2012 ‘fragile’ (canvas international art, amsterdam)
2011 'Fragile' (Sundaram Tagore Gallery,HK)
2011 'Drunken' (Artlink Gallery, Seoul)
Image critic Kim Young-Ok translated our feelings for Joon’s art: “Kim’s images are extraordinary exquisite and captivating, pleasing to the eye in their color and design. But as the artist’s touch grows deeper, the images grow more melancholy.”
More about Kim Joon at www.kimjoon.net
or at www.sundaramtagore.com
Livia Schaeffer Nonose @livisn