AUG 19, 2016 – NOV 11, 2016
Kult presents the theme of MASKS, bringing the contemporary mask into the spotlight as 26 Asian Artists explore what MASKS means today in the context of Modern Asia. The multi-media exhibition blurs the lines of Street Art, Sculpture, Illustration and Craft.
For centuries, masks have been used as tools for storytelling. Masks give us the ability to change ourselves to escape or hide in a variety of situations including entertainment, ceremony, practicality or disguise.In a new era that everyone produces another character like online avatars, the virtue of masks is prominent more than ever.
26 artists from seven countries in Asia explore what “masks in the 21st century” means to them, through their artworks.
Featuring artists from Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan, this exhibition offers a glimpse into Asia’s emerging underground art scene.
Exhibited works will be available to purchase during the show at DIESEL ART GALLERY.
Chris Chai （Singapore）chrischai.com
Dawn Ang （Singapore）aeropalmics.com
Mojoko [Steve Lawler]（Singapore）mojoko.net
James Jirat Patradoon（Thailand）jirat.jp
Tikkywow [Pichet Rujivararat]（Thailand）behance.net/tikkywow
Muklay [Muchlis Fachri]（Indonesia）instagram.com/muklay
Rudy Atjeh（Indonesia）rudyatjeh.blogspot.com / instagram.com/rudyatjeh
Epjey Pacheco（Philippines）epjey.weebly.com / instagram.com/epjey
Jaejung Beck [BJJ Art] (South Korea)instagram.com/bjjart
Hideki Kuwajima（Japan）Born 1964 in Osaka, lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. Graduated from Japan Institute of Photography and Film. Since 1997, Kuwajima has held solo exhibitions all over Japan and has taken part in many group exhibitions globally, exhibiting his sculpture and photography works. Kuwajima was awarded 1st prize at APA 2000, presented by the Japan Advertising Photographers' Association in 2000. About the artwork: Kuwajima’s photography attempts to capture the unsettling feeling of seeing oneself in a photo, looking entirely different from how they imagine. To create the image, the artist used various techniques – shooting self-portraits at various angles, and then further abstracting the image using duplicate slide films on a light box. The artists’ meticulous process in capturing various expressions in this image hints at the many emotions one suppresses in their every day lives – posing questions of identity, the self-portrait, and representation. Kuwajima ponders: ‘what is a true self?’, as well as the relative ease of constructing a mask to wear in our daily lives, to ‘keep ourselves hidden from the world’.
Reona Tatekawa / writtenafterwards（Japan）xprs.imcreator.com/free/reona/reona-tatekawa / www.writtenafterwards.com
Takahiro Komuro [TkoM]（Japan）tkomsculpture.com
©James Jirat Patradoon