Sadaharu Horio Hong Kong

12.09.2018 - 27.10.2018
Opening 12 September, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sadaharu Horio Hong Kong
Sadaharu Horio, Untitled, 12 January 2015. Water and Chinese ink on Echizen Washi papier, 277 x 219 cm.
Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Sadaharu Horio in the gallery’s Hong Kong location. The exhibition includes new works on washi paper from Echizen that the artist created in June this year during a stay in Belgium.

Sadaharu Horio was born in 1939 in Hyogo, Japan and became one of the youngest members of the Gutai Artist Association. Horio showed his work for the first time in 1965 in the 15th Gutai Art Exhibition and officially joined the Gutai group the following year. He remained with the group until its dissolution in 1972.

Ever since, and up until today, Horio has been continually expanding on Gutai’s avant-garde spirit with an impressive body of experimental work, spanning different mediums. He’s a pioneer in modern Kobe performance art and he has a significant influence on Japan’s contemporary art scene. He’s involved in over one hundred projects annually — including solo and group exhibitions and performances.

The relationship between art and everyday life is key to understanding Horio’s practice. He sees beauty in everyday life and turns our gaze to the ordinary through his works. The artist’s creative process is an extension of his everyday living. Each and every moment is singular and novel, and every waking moment is a performance. He undertakes life and art as ever-repeating and ever-intertwined rituals.

Horio’s medium resides in the ordinary and is encountered often unexpectedly. He scavenges for objects to imprint, while folding, pressing, crumpling and wrinkling large sheets of paper. He paints on surfaces that he finds in his surroundings, everything from scraps of metal to pieces of wood and even discarded material.

Much like his previous works, the paintings were created spontaneously within a short but intense timeframe, emphasizing on the quantity and speed of art production. He eliminates any possibility of consciousness intervening in the work process, and even avoids choosing colours. Instead, he sticks to the sequence of colours in the paint box. By doing so, he attempts to erase the confinements of traditional art.

His work displays genuine emotion in its rawest form, completely devoid of intellectual packaging. His artistic process and his work in general is not about the understanding of any existing element, but rather, about the creation of something new. On the occasion of the exhibition opening, there will be a performance by the artist, in which viewers are invited to observe his work process first-hand.



堀尾贞治多年来的杰出作品使具体派风格发扬光大。他的作品非常前卫、具实验性、跨越不同的媒介,令人难忘 。他是现代行为艺术的先驱,亦对日本当代艺术产生了重大影响。他每年参与一百多个项目,包括个人和团体展览及表演。


堀尾贞治的作品所用的材料存并非昂贵之物,而是画家无意中发现的一些平凡的物件, 从金属碎片到木头,甚至是被其他人弃置的物品 。在创作过程中,他会收集材料,折叠和皱折纸张 ,然后在这些物料上画画。

是次展出的新作品与他以往的作品的相似之处, 是它们都是在很短的时间内完成的。堀尾贞治的作品强调数量和速度,因为他的重点是创作的过程。但这并不意味着情感与行为的分隔,反而代表着最真实,最原始的对生活的感慨。他并没有刻意根据现有的艺术风气包装自己的作品,更没有刻意给予作品深奥浮夸的意思,从而质疑传统艺术的限制。他的创作过程完全操纵于他的直觉和潜意识,他甚至避免挑选颜色,只根据颜料盒中的颜色顺序来用颜色。


阿塞尔维伍德画廊对于推广前卫派零运动(Zero)及具体派艺术(Gutai)扮演着重要角色, 积极支持来自不同背景的艺术家。香港画廊于 2014 年成立,以作为东方于西方艺术交流的桥梁为使命。 2017 年,比利时画廊搬迁至位于安特卫普 Wijnegem 的 Kanaal。该地前身是一家酿酒厂,现已发展为大型艺术中心。
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