Hyun Jung JiFairytale Dream 17 January - 4 February 2023 We all live with many things dear to our hearts. Invaluable emotions and memories have deep meaning in our lives. There is a small pocket in our minds where we keep our stories alive. We hear various stories of memory from the pocket. We are drawn into these stories, recollecting forgotten memories and emotions and re-imagining the many possibilities we missed in the past. Life might be summed up as a process of forging new stories and reflecting on those forged in the past. All that we learn from others and ourselves stays in us as memories and experiences. Through our little stories, we construct our own world bit by bit, which drives us to move forward.
Ksusha Lastochka & Maxim TrulovNowhereland 23 December 2022 - 7 January 2023 Within the universe of Maxim Trulov and Ksusha Lastochka one can
often find characters and locations that refer to a current happenings
in the world. The Nowhereland project is a reinterpretation of contemporary
realities yet that are closer to surrealism. But no disturbances
can change the habitual way of life of the place the authors
represent in their works. There is a light in the windows, the smoke
rises from the chimney and the police still patrol the streets. The characters
in Nowhereland reflect different types of people: some are in
doubts and have endless inner monologues, some ignore what’s happening
and some simply don’t understand what’s going on. Darkness
has come to the artists universe, but don’t forget that after night
always comes the dawn.
Yosuke UenoPortrait of You 26 November - 17 December 2022 Portrait of You 2022 November 26 - December 17 Born in Japan 1977, based in Chiba, Japan. Creating colorful, unique, and original worlds as a child, this lead to the first solo show at the age of sixteen. Self-taught, artworks are shown around the world for 30 years, established a...
ArtTaipei 202221 - 24 October 2022 Gallery Ascend is pleased to present our first fair outside of our home town, at Art Taipei 2022, featuring international artists ranging from our represented artists Jun Makita, Yang Du, Kang Jun Seok, as well as Chen Wei Ting, Choi JaeYoung, Kebeyo Chen, Lin Yen Liang, Sally Kindberg, Willem Jacques...
Ha Haeung EunBorder Riders: Dreaming of Love, Hope, and Freedom 23 August - 10 September 2022 Ha Haeng-Eun was born in Jindo, South Korea in 1985. After majoring in Western painting at Deokwon Arts High School, she went on to study art at Hongik University, where she indulged in Oriental painting, Oriental philosophy, Zen, and Indian mysticism. She liked to draw from an early age, but it was after reading a book called Zhuang-zi’s “Butterfly Dream” in college and feeling mentally free and liberated that she started working on art in earnest. She dreamed of expressing ‘art’ through painting.
Hikaru NaritaHybrids as Fluids 30 July - 13 August 2022 Narita's visual language is based on animation and toys, and his worldview, full of lovable characters, is at first glance pop and catchy. However, when one examines the changes in his work over the course of his career and the relationships between his works, it becomes clear that his work is a hybrid of distortion, weirdness, smells of death, and a love towards these motifs.
Kebeyo ChenCircle of the Universe 30 June - 15 July 2022 As Kebeyo's first exhibition in Hong Kong, this series selects paintings and sculptures created during 2019-2022. The growing braids is her language to connect everything, including dimensional space, life and real objects. Everything runs in contradiction. It can be opposite or complementary, like light blending with darkness, softness wrapped up...
Rooo LouPOLYTOPE 4 - 18 June 2022 Rooo Lou "Polytope", 4-18 June 2022.
Gallery Ascend is pleased to announce a solo presentation by Japanese artist Rooo Lou.
The main theme of this solo exhibition is “Fragment of memory".
”My inspiration comes from memories and photographs, I paint people who are significant in both places, in a sense to depict “my reality”.
Before I have everything in place, I caught myself drawing inorganic gestures and lifeless portraits. Poses and gestures do not bring emotion to characters, they were all fictitious to me. To free myself from the dullness, I started digging into my memories. I found a way to emerge my memories with the picture to achieve new expressions. And this is how I came to create this series. Another ideal theme I have in mind is “Longing and Lies”, which I regard as an extension to all painting series I did, and it speaks in contrast with the main theme.”
Born in 1988, currently lives and works in Tokyo. Lou’s creative concentration lies within portrait paintings without facial expressions. His recent major exhibitions include "base on balls" (SkiiMa Gallary, Osaka, 2021) and "obsession" (Pale light,Taipei, 2022"
Yang Du @ Art Central 2022The Price of Immortality 26 - 29 May 2022 This group of works by Yang Du reflects her thoughts and questions about the consequences of mutual promotion between human society and the rapid development of science and technology. Since ancient times, humans have made numerous attempts to live forever, but they all failed. According to the current level of...
Millie KellyPrecious Cargo 30 April - 21 May 2022 MILLIE KELLY 'Precious Cargo', 30 April to 21 May 2022. Gallery Ascend is pleased to announce a solo presentation by British artist Millie Kelly. Millie Kelly’s recent paintings explore the imagined and natural world through caricature, figuration and at times, abstraction. Her love for painting and the inherent experimentation involved...
Kang Jun SeokMy Mate in HK 26 March - 16 April 2022 Dreamlike Utopia in Child’s Eyes The new philosophy spread by the generation Z who are leading a modern culture has created a so-called mantra that we should prioritize individual’s happiness and sense of accomplishment. Rather than chasing higher position or higher salary, they come to realize the value of a...
MoonassiFace to Face 15 - 28 February 2022 “As relationships grow and deepen, to a point where I lose myself, the borders separating the others and I start to dismantle.”
People meet and part to form relations. To Moonassi, the repetitive interactions arise from relationships are just like scenes laid out in a pantomime, which do not need specific explanation or description. Rather than forcing an explanation or meaning to these interactions, he chooses to focus on what the protagonists formulate on stage just as how his paintings capture the moment and actuality of interactions.
Relationships are abstract and difficult to define in one word. Sensations of the body on the other hand, seem honest and clear. The body in this sense is often the channel to materialize the intangible. The converging and diverging movements are represented by the curvy lines, the sunlight forms perfectly white planes and the shadows construct dark planes. Together they create a sense of diversity and tranquility. The gaze and body gestures encompass his world view. The infinite shifting presence, emotions and questions for relationships touch us profoundly through the dark ink strokes. Hundreds and thousands of countless intricate lines depict borders between oneself and the others, which remind us of the uncertainties in relationships.
Moonassi centers his thoughts around relationships yet avoids defining it, neither does he demand answers from the viewers. The artist simply hopes to emphasize the physical sensations rather than on the ambiguous and immaterial borders of intimacy. He is simply telling the story of relationships as they are.
“I want to first focus on the sound, contact and visual joy I feel, rather than on the fear of the intangible and invisible heart to heart connection when I meet you. I think this makes our relationship and encounter slightly lighter.”
Jun OsonDISTANCE in HK 1 - 23 October 2021 When I held a solo exhibition in Tokyo last November, the world was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people's actions were restricted by the declaration of a state of emergency in Japan. It was said that “Don't get close to people. It's better to stay home alone as much as possible”. Such rules have greatly changed people's lives and even changed their values. The Tokyo exhibition “DISTANCE” depicted people who have been forced to change their lives due to the pandemic.
Chen Wei TingI don't want to change you 1 - 25 August 2021 "What is painting?” I often ask this question to myself, a question that constantly deconstructs and constructs my thoughts. Specifically, instinct drives me to write about these fragments of my childhood, like words and poems in my images, figurative but present. I still recall this moment in my childhood, when I was watching television and playing by myself with toys, which I still have with me, all alone in the room. Maybe, this kind of childhood experience is common in the era of declining birthrate, and some might share the same feeling—desire to be with someone and growing up without noticing the desire.