LeBasse Projects continues their collaboration with Industry Partners on The Contrast Series bringing Portuguese artist, Vhils (Alexandre Farto) to LA this Fall. In this series, Vhils creates two murals in the heart of L.A's historic Chinatown district. Inspired by the history of Chinatown, Vhils' created two murals that reflect the area's multicultural roots.
Located on 837 N Spring Street (facing N New High St), the first mural looks over an entry way to Chinatown's bustling swapmeet. Just a block away on 759 N Spring St, the second and larger mural can be found facing Downtown Los Angeles.
About The Artist: Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto (1987) has been interacting visually with the urban environment under the name of Vhils since his days as a prolific graffiti writer in the early 2000s.
His groundbreaking carving technique – which forms the basis of the Scratching the Surface series and was first presented to the public at the VSP group show in Lisbon in 2007 and at the Cans Festival in London in 2008 –, has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the street in the last decade.
This striking form of visual poetry, showcased around the world in both indoor and outdoor settings, has been described as brutal and complex, yet imbued with a simplicity that speaks to the core of human emotions, expressing the struggle between the aspirations of the individual and the demanding, saturated environment of the urban spaces he lives in, highlighting and exposing the sombre dimension that lies behind the current model of development and the material aspirations it encompasses – unsustainable, yet inebriating.
An avid experimentalist, he has been developing his notion of the aesthetics of vandalism in a plurality of media – from stencil painting to wall carving, from pyrotechnic explosions to 3D modelling – which have enabled him to expand the boundaries of visual expression.
His unique approach and artwork have been garnering critical acclaim around the world.
Harbour City, Hong Kong
Tomokazu Matsuyama :: 'Sky Is The Limit'
LeBasse Projects opens 'Sky is the Limit,' an exhibition by Tomokazu Matsuyama in collaboration with Harbour City, Hong Kong.
This summer, Tomokazu Matsuyama will join the list of artists who have been invited to showcase their monumental works in Harbour City, Hong Kong, one of the largest business complexes in Asia. The list includes celebrated American artist KAWS, Japanese master Yayoi Kusama, Chinese artist Yue Minjun, as well as Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman.
For this exhibition curated by LeBasse Projects, Matsuyama has produced not only his largest outdoor sculpture - but the largest sculpture ever exhibited at Harbour City. Titled, 'Sky Is The Limit' and reaching 6.5 meter-high (21.5 feet), his stainless steel sculpture embodies Matsuyama's homage to the city of Hong Kong, where Eastern and Western cultures merge. The inspiration for Matsuyama's sculpture draws from various subjects in Art History, past and present, and high and low culture. Such subjects include the 19th century oil painting, "Napoleon Crossing The Alps," Hokusai's drawing of a samurai warrior riding a horse, American Playmobil toys as well as the Japanese manga, Yu–gi Oh!.
The sculpture is surrounded by Matsuyama's design for the entire Ocean Terminal, featuring an array of the artists' painting and pattern wrapping the walls, columns and stairs of the entrance to Harbour City. The monumental 'Sky is the Limit' sculpture will also be complimented by an exhibition of eight new canvas paintings and a smaller sculptural work located inside the Harbour City Gallery.
The overall installation will be a visual landmark, greeting the hundreds of thousands of daily visitors to Harbour City for the remainder of the summer.
Tomokazu Matsuyama, 'Sky is the Limit'
Ocean Terminal at Harbour City, Hong Kong
August 15th - September 10th, 2014
For additional inquiries or preview please contact Kim@lebasseprojects.com
About the Artist:
Matsuyama was born in Tokyo in 1976 and received his MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute (NY). He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Luxembourg, Tokyo including his most recent at Rauchauer Institute at Harvard University and the Katzen Arts Center in Washington D.C. His works also has included in group shows at Japan Society in New York and Mesa Contemporary Arts Center in Arizona among many others. His work can be seen in the public collections of the Cosmopolitan Hotel Group (NV) and the Royal Family (Dubai, UAE), The Standard Hotel (Andre Balazs Group). He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Times Square, Hong Kong
September 27 – October 31, 2013
Times Square Hong Kong
Open Piazza and 2/F Atrium
1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
LeBasse Projects continues its exhibition series at Hong Kong Times Square with ‘submerged,’ a spectacular exhibition and installation from Yoskay Yamamoto. The exhibition features a series of Yamamoto’s sculptures in a range of scales and sizes – from 3 inch hand carved works all the way up to a pair of 30 foot tall sculptures that are designed to be interactive with Times Square HK’s nearly 150k daily visitors. Through this special exhibition, Yamamoto aims to create an installation to uplift people’s spirit through their experience with the installation.
The exhibition is set in two parts with a series of large scale ‘submerged’ series sculptures on view in Times Square’s outdoor courtyard. A set of 30ft tall sculptures are flanked by a planned series of another dozen smaller scaled sculptures ranging from 2-8ft. The central pair of sculptures is additionally designed to interact with the public. The interior of one sculpture contains a ‘wishing tree’ – Yamamoto’s concept based on the traditional Japanese temples and shrines – where visitors are able to leave wishes and prayers for themselves and loved ones. Here visitors are encouraged to leave their wishes on a multi-colored series of notes designed by Yamamoto as ‘leaves’ – and in the process will transform the interior tree over the course of the exhibit. While based in the traditional Japanese culture, the artist believes that contextualizing ones wishes or goals helps you to achieve them, and he wanted to give visitors this opportunity.
Surrounding the central two works are a continued series of ‘submerged’ heads in a range of scales and colors. This continues Yamamoto’s recent theme of playing with patterns, size and repetition – though at a more significant scale than anything in the artists past. Continuing the idea of interactivity these outdoor sculptures are intended to be touched and enjoyed by the general public.
While the outdoor works are intended to be interacted with, the exhibition continues into the atrium gallery where twenty five new ‘submerged’ hand-carved wood sculptures are arranged along one long pedestal, again playing with the themes of repetition and pattern. These works are enhanced by a series of six new paintings and several more large scale sculptures along with an artist designed floor pattern – covering the ground in both outdoor and gallery areas.
This is Yamamoto’s debut in creating large scale public installation, and via this exhibition, he hopes people can participate, interact and truly experience his work – because although Yamamoto has envisioned the sculptures, the public will play a huge role in finishing this installation.
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Art Basel Miami Beach
Art Basel Miami Beach 2013
Societe Perrier x Meryl Pataky
LeBasse Projects managed the curatorial art direction for Societe Perrier's annual artist collaboration at Art Basel Miami Beach. LBP selected San Francisco-based artist Meryl Pataky to debut a unique installation in a collaboration with Perrier. Composed of brightly colored miniature neon palm trees, the sculptures are part of a 20-piece installation titled, ‘Played Out.’ The new body of work creatively examines the ubiquitous presence of both palm trees and neon light throughout Miami.
For more information about Meryl Pataky’s work, check out this article via Societe Perrier.
“No Man’s Land”
Exhibition Runs : June 22 – July 20, 2013
LeBasse Projects is pleased to announce Thomas Doyle’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring work from the artist’s “Proxy” series of impactful scale model sculptures.
Working at a scale of 1:87, Doyle’s sculptures are miniature worlds that mine human experience, emotion and remembrance. Each work describes in meticulous detail some sort of undefined catastrophe besieging a previously utopian suburbia—demolished white-picket fenced abodes, trains colliding into homes, and houses that are isolated on islets or turned completely upside-down. Scale model military figures surge onto some of the scenes, compounding the disaster and presaging the ensuing trauma, while Lilliputian men and women obliviously carry on with quotidian tasks amidst the dystopian domiciles. Doyle’s minutely detailed works elicit almost irresistible inclinations for storytelling—what is occurring here? What happened prior? What will be the outcome? But, Doyle’s aim is not to describe any particular event or teleological narrative. The most powerful takeaway is the description of anxiety, insecurity and fear of the unknown imprinted upon the human psyche in the aftermath of adversity.
As the viewer looks down to behold the tiny, calamitous world before them, there is a contradicting experience of omnipotence and insignificance. Looming over the miniature worlds, often encased in a vitrine or compressed in a bubble, there is a dominance in passively observing these inscrutable vignettes of family, home, destruction and ruin. This power gives way to impotence upon realization of the fact that the nondescript men, women and locales pictured in these vignettes are really stand-ins for us: mock-ups of the unpredictable world we all coexist within.
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Shanghai and Hong Kong
LeBasse Projects in collaboration with JOYCE, Shanghai:
Herakut :: You Have Diamonds In Your Mind
August 16 – September 30, 2013
LeBasse Projects opens its first in a series of exhibitions in Asia by presenting German duo Herakut in a collaboration with JOYCE, a pioneer in luxury retail. JOYCE was the first to discover and introduce international fashion designers to Hong Kong in 1971 and today collaborates with the world’s most talented creatives to provide a personalized and unique edit of the very best fashion and artistic collections.
Herakut will be creating a new installation and artwork to launch the new JOYCE Shanghai flagship store. The new series of paintings are an incredibly strong collection of large mixed media canvases – including their traditional use of spraypaint but also adding layers of collaged canvas and other materials to create some of Herakut’s most expressive and dynamic works.