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New Exhibition | iglass2021 Current Realities

Curator | Michael Rogers, Inguna Audere

Artists: David Schnuckel, Inguna Audere, Ioana Stelea, Julija Pociūtė, Maarja Mäemets+Rait Lõhmus, Maki Imoto, Michael Rogers, Qin Ling, Richard Meitner, Simone Fezer, Yoon Bohyun

Duration | 2021.6.1 - 2021.8.28(Tue.-Sat.)10:00-17:30

Add | 1st Floor, No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

【EXHIBITION】Wandering along the Sea

Recently I reviewed the movie Landscape in the Mist directed by Theo Angelopoulos, and a long shot always lingers in my mind: Voula and Alexandros wake up in a vehicle, hearing music of accordion played by wandering artists from outside. They get out of the vehicle, seeing everybody silently reads his/her lines and keeps submerged inside his/her own world as if there is no one else, meanwhile the camera calmly moves among different people and also switch among different dramatic contexts. Lines of historical play abruptly appear at the seaside completely different from the performance environment. The solemnity and sublimity brought by drama seems absurd away from its proper circumstances, and the flamboyant phrases are spoken and then immediately disappear in the sea wind.

Later, knowing the performance is canceled, the wandering artists turn around and slowly walk along the seaside, watch the tides rise and fall, and remain silent. Perhaps they are used to accidents, or are confused about their destiny in the future. However, only in this moment, they are able to temporarily put down their roles. Although they still need to return to the unforeseeable wandering, the stress in life could possibly be released for the serenity of this moment.

This exhibition’s curator ZHANG Chong invites 18 artists and curators to wander together on the “beach”, to talk about their own life and stories, and to present some objects concerned with their narration in the meantime. They probably didn’t intend to present these objects, which are some of their hobbies or little collections, or scripts of their works or a deep memory. Each artist plays a person wandering on the beach, and the viewer becomes the moving camera’s lens. Through this way of presentation we could probably perceive a very life-oriented side of the artists, and the interesting soul behind the work.

The artists and curators participating in this exhibition are as follows (in the alphabetic order): CHAI Yiming, DONG Shi, GAO Ruyun, HUANG Lan, HU Weiyi, HUANG Yuanqing, JIANG Jun, LIN Ke, LI Zhenhua, MA Liang, SHEN Linghao, SHAO Wei, SONG Xi, TONG Kunniao, XUE Feng, YANG Xinjia, ZHANG Chong, ZHANG Ruyi.

【EXHIBITION】DONG Shi x ZHANG Chong x LI Zhenhua - After the Moon Goes Down, Hope That Tomorrow Will Be a Sunny Morning on the Lonely Island.

In this June, the LEVANT ART Gallery will launch this year’s first exhibition “After the Moon Goes Down, Hope That Tomorrow Will Be a Sunny Morning on the Lonely Island”. With ZHANG Chong as the curator of this three artist exhibition, there would be 43 pieces of young artist DONG Shi’s print works during different phases, and 7 pieces of newest installation works created by young artist ZHANG Chong especially for this exhibition. Poems and paintings created by LI Zhenhua and DONG Shi in the hand-writing form would also be presented to the audience on the wall. Besides, in the same day of the opening ceremony, the WeChat Emoji Package and part of the concerned products created by Dong Shi especially for this exhibition would also be launched.

Being concerned with a friend and also the residency program in Jinxi, the series exhibitions One Man at a Lonely Island originated from independent curator LI Zhenhua’s long-term writing project, since his stay in the Points Center for Contemporary Art in Jinxi during October, 2018. Later, the theme of “lonely island” spontaneously evolves into a series exhibitions of young artists like seed germination.

Film director Abbas Kiarostami said, when he had money he shot a movie, when he had a camera he did photography, but when he had neither of them, he would always keep a pen in his pocket and write poems.

LI Zhenhua has always been trying to find a similar way, trying to realize a shortcut means of creation. Through the “circle of friends” of WeChat, he writes impromptu poems, instantly delivering some snatches from his mind, or a certain moment with aesthetic poetic quality. Regarding the transition of this snatch, it could be about relation aesthetics, or about social intervention, or the most elegant posture. This is a long-term writing project, brewing from his stay in Jinxi, and naturally lasting until now.

In December, 2018, in the exhibition A Daily Space organized by the curator CUI Shaohan in the Van Art Space in Hangzhou, LI Zhenhua and artist DONG Shi started their first cooperation entitled Diary on the Lonely Island. Later, in March, 2019, in the Avant-garde Art Space of the T Gallery in Xiamen, LI Zhenhua initiated the first formal exhibition of his Lonely Island series, If You Find the Lonely Island, You Shouldn’t be Lonely. Then, in May, 2019, in the Diskurs Berlin Art Space, LI Zhenhua and DONG Shi held a dual exhibition named One Man at a Lonely Island.

This exhibition is another attempt to continue the series of Lonely Island, with the title After the Moon Goes Down, Hope That Tomorrow Will Be a Sunny Morning on the Lonely Island. Under the guidance of LI Zhenhua’s poem, the exhibition carries out through the conversations between the works of ZHANG Chong and DONG Shi.

As a new media artist active in Hangzhou, DONG Shi reflects life’s reality and illusion through depicting Mr. Unicorn’s absurd daily routines. His work reminds us of orgies in Gargantua et Pantagruel written by Francis Rabelais, or the bizarre paintings of James Ensor. Mr. Unicorn is artist DONG Shi’s second identity, born in April, 2013. The graffiti image of Mr. Unicorn is like a virus invading DONG Shi’s World. From then on, one painting each day is an indispensable part of DONG Shi’s delight in life.

ZHANG Chong’s creation focuses on sculpture installation. During his study in Germany, he was deeply influenced by Waldorf education, also did curious reading about natural science, morphology and mysticism. Each piece of his work is complementation of his own world outlook, and also reveals the multiple characteristics of his personality. Besides, his work simultaneously has the poetic and aesthetic core. His work’s theme and temperament would also change with alterations in his living status, life comprehension and creation environment accordingly.

We may easily conclude these two artists are both enthusiastic about life and curious about everything, and their creations originate from contemplation about reality and essence of life.

The universe is an ocean, each planet is a lonely island, and human being wanders in the vast universe like duckweed. On this occasion, let us follow these two artists, who seem to be utterly different but actually similar in certain ways, to review the place where we live and the surroundings, to retrospect human information and times of revolution, the history of evolution and recognition, to reconstruct another imagination about “lonely island”. This “lonely island” grows up with us, and with the development of human civilization as well.

Just like what LI Zhenhua says, “Mr. Lonely Island” could be you and also could be me, indicates “the other”. If you find Mr. Lonely Island, he may be in your mind, or may be one lonely friend.

【EXHIBITION】Blind Spot

Blind Spot originates from a visual game.

When eyes are observing things, there would be a blind spot, which is usually unnoticed, as you couldn’t observe any apparent holes in your vision. For instance, even if you close one eye, you don’t feel any absence in your vision when observing things. However, as a matter of fact, you couldn’t perceive one area within the vision. When the visual blind spot possesses color and substance entirely different from things outside the blind spot, the brain couldn’t correctly imagine it. The area of blind spot is only the result of brain’s automatic processing instead of real perception. As the brain falsely processes information, the blind spot would be presented. For example, if it’s all white outside the blind spot and a small black spot is completely included inside the blind spot, then the brain would automatically calculate and decide it’s also white inside the blind spot, which would result in extremely huge differentiation with the reality.

While facing any visible things, we usually habitually use eyes to see, to understand and to make judgment, nevertheless our sense organs have blind spots. Just like the operation and big data analysis behind the current advanced Internet, we couldn’t see them, but they definitely exist. They facilitate our life, also determine what we see and what we believe to a certain extent, and even dominate and influence our consumption view and our ways of acquiring knowledge and information.

Through each artist of different style and individuality, this exhibition reveals another angle of perceiving the world and way of dealing with problems. Sometimes, what we see and regard as reality are not necessarily true, and even the basic human perception are deceptive to themselves. However, when “reality” is truthfully portrayed, sometimes we are perplexed and couldn’t understand it, and therefore we call it “art”.

Curator’s Self-narration:
Although I am an artist, I also occasionally do some curatorial work. This exhibition is quite interesting and interactive. I propose a principle of game about his/her own creation to each artist, and they would feed back to me about how they would play it. Hence, most works in this exhibition are shown to the audience for the first time. On this premise, I believe the artists would find it challenging, and the audience would also be attracted into the context of our discussion.

Each curator’s points of attention and research are different. I pay more attention to technology and natural science. Thus, most of my exhibitions take relevant nouns as themes, however, this is also a blind spot. The exhibition’s theme could be regarded as a key for the audience to visit this show, nevertheless the audience need to seek for the things behind the open door. In this way, even the audience who couldn’t understand art may also have the interest and possibility of entering the art context, and then may achieve the effect of art popularization.

I have invited 15 artists to participate in this exhibition, including some senior artists dedicated to art exploration for a lifetime, some curators with rich curatorial experiences, and also some young and vigorous artists. We may recognize plenty of their artistic exploration and experimentation, and each piece of work has its own story.

This exhibition has an opening work named Present brought by famous curator, Mr. Li Zhenhua. Limited edition of Present would be launched during the opening ceremony.

Besides, the post and invitation letter are also part of the participating works. If you appreciate them with 3D glasses provided on the site of the exhibition, I believe they would bring a little pleasant surprise to the audience. There is another piece of work in the dark space in the exhibition hall, which also requires 3D glasses. I hope you wouldn’t miss it.

Curator | Chong Zhang

Academic Support | Jun Jiang

Artist | Kai Cui, Ruyun Gao, Yutao Gao, You Gu, Lan Huang, Saibang He, Chun Li, Ke Li, Zhenhua Li, Zhengzhong Li, Linghao Shen, Wei Shao, Yue Sun, Di Yang, Chong Zhang

Duration | 2019.9.8 - 2019.10.12(Tue.-Sat.)10:00-17:30

Add | 1st Floor, No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

【EXHIBITION】Keep Illuminating - Bert van Loo

Exhibition of Bert van Loo "Keep Illuminating" will be held at LEVANT ART from September 8th to October 12th, 2019. Bert van Loo is one of the greatest artists of the Netherlands. This exhibition traces the evolution and development of Bert van Loo's artist career, and selects nearly 30 masterpieces from different periods of his works during 40 years.

Bert has loved painting since he was a child, and in the 1960s, he began to contact glass materials with the promotion of the Studio Glass Movement. He first tried to create glass works based on facial expressions and symbolic languages ​​using mold blowing and casting methods, focusing on neo-realistic themes; later, he was influenced by Arte Povera and inspired by Joseph Beuys who proposed social sculpture (Soziale Plastik), he began to combine glass with lead, stone or wood from the 1980s onwards, and gradually evolved from concrete thinking to abstract concepts, creating elegant, simple, and pure sculptures and installations. As Brancusi puts it: "Simplicity is not an end, but one arrives at simplicity in spite of oneself, in approaching the real sense of things."

Later series of works also include small original works of large floating glass sculptures that he completed in Xi'an, China in 2011, and a series of super crystal lead glass works completed before his death that have never been shown to the public. In addition, LEVANT ART is pleased and honored to invite Bert van Loo's wife Mrs. Wietske Rijpma and son Igor van Loo to the opening ceremony to share more about our beloved artist.

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2018 | Lyrical Transformations - International Contemporary Glass Exhibition

This is the seventh Glass Art Exhibition held by LEVANT ART and its first time to work together with Mr. Michael Rogers. Under the supports in many aspects from the curator, we continue to widen our scopes and select nine artists from Iceland, Germany, the USA, Czech Republic, Japan, Italy, Scotland and Latvia. This time we attempt to delve into glass as a material and catch onto more possibilities from its nature. This is also what we have been pursuing for consistently. The theme Lyrical Transformation is refined through transfiguration and metamorphosis brought by artists. It can be obviously seen that works displayed this time is presented in a way with more diversity, abundance and modernity. We hope that the glass in your eyes is not only a kind of material, but a medium of language to convey ideas and emotions of artists.

First we want to introduce Æsa Björk, an artist from Iceland. She combines photos and images with glass to present a multi-dimensional sensory experience like parallel universe, which is totally refreshing for the audience.

Books of Disquiet are works of German artist Anne Petters. The pages are like being caught in a breeze, flipping with tranquil fluency. It shows that all natural objects have a conscious life but they will all fade into ashes in a flash. The artist skillfully catches this perfect moment, endowing this transiency with a lasting existence while freezing it as an evident statement.

Inguna Audere is still teaching Glass Art in the Art Academy of Latvia. She travels around the world and likes to communicate with people in different environments in order to create more realistic and original works. Among her works displayed here is a series of sculptures made together with Michael Rogers, impressing us with the unique sparkles produced by collision of ideas from minds of different cultural backgrounds.

Jeff Zimmer is an American living in Scotland. He discovers the ambiguity between glass and light, both of which he combines artfully. If you keep staring at his works, you will feel like walking into them. Through his murky and mysterious visual effect, what kind of inspiration does he want to communicate to the audience?

Czechic artist Jitka Havlíčková is good at creating works using the lamp blown method. She likes to create different glass figures in diverse settings, which not only builds visual space but breaks conceptual time dimension.

Karlyn Sutherland comes from Scotland. A solid architectural study background provides her with inexhaustible inspiration and a strong academic support. Commonly-seen perspective is utilized in a succinct and adept way to bring the audience into three-dimensional space and time, provoking their thoughts on what is between themselves and the place as an occasion.

Baby Series is the most typical work from Japanese artist Koichi Matsufuji. In his early career he used to take death as his theme, while the decease of his father inspired him to create babies which are the image of birth. Together through the constantly changing materiality of glass and its image and motif, he elaborates on the baby as the beginning of life and an entity that can become anything in the future.

Following the iglass exhibit last year, it’s our second time to present works from Michael Rogers. The Boat Series displayed this time is his latest creation. Last year, he used delicately sculptured glass to show the moments of stories in life and nature, inspiring diverse associations from the audience. His works this year turn to casting and exquisite polish crafts, yet still continue to employ a tactful and poetic way, conveying relations and associations between people as well as people and life. He views “boat” also as a vessel, loaded with ideas and emotions as human beings are. It’s also like a life journey, seeing the colored part penetrating into the uncolored, with clear boundaries as well as ambiguities. By just looking at the works we can distinctly feel the emotional transformation and conversational exchange between people.

Silvia Levenson comes from Argentina but has moved to Italy for many years. We have cooperated with her in the first iglass exhibition and we are so happy that after 8 years we invite her here again. This time we display a classical work of hers: a glass swing installation. Underneath the easy and relaxed appearance there is a force trying to unveil itself. She is so perceptive towards those concealed. She has the courage to reveal phenomena that are commonly known to people but not voiced, including obstacles and hardships in daily life or the double sidedness of human relationship and something equivocal.

This is an exhibition that is affectionate about glass and makes the affection felt everywhere. Only after one intimately knows glass as oneself and gets familiar with all its nature and characteristics can one be truly touched and moved by glass works. In the end, LEVANT ART wants to express its appreciation to Michael Rogers for his conscientiousness and diligence in bringing Chinese audience these nine outstanding artists. We are also grateful for supports from all the artists that participate in this exhibition. You together make it possible for us to bathe in the romantic lights and shadows from glass and behold its lyrical beauty.

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Curator | Michael Rogers (USA)

Duration | 10:00-17:30 (Tue.-Sat.)Nov.24,2018-Feb.28,2019

Add. | No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai 200002

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Artist | Æsa Björk, Anne Petters, Inguna Audere, Jitka Havlíčková, Jeff Zimmer, Karlyn Sutherland, Koichi Matsufuji, Michael Rogers, Silvia Levenson

【EXHIBITION】Solo2 of ChengGuangfeng

【EXHIBITION】Solo of ChengGuangfeng-When the Situation is Inappropriate

"When the Situation is Inappropriate" is a hypothetic proposition of Cheng Guangfeng, which implies his multiple reflections on "inappropriate". We can understand the "inappropriate" as an inappropriate method and rule, or at an inappropriate time. While, we should not simply interpret the "situation" as the display of the work in an exhibition, but understanding it as the process of thinking for a time as well the problems faced by the artist.

When we enter an inappropriate situation based on the Guangfeng’s assumption, the opposite will be an accurate and punctual situation. If a poet wants to write poetry accurately, a painter wants to draw a painting accurately, a historian wants to write history accurately, the situation is like a shaking man holding a gun without the front sight, shooting against a vague target. As we know, standing at attention, aiming the target and shooting is correct action for hitting the bull’s eye, which could be understood as an intended hitting. However, this series of action seems hardly to enter the real context of contemporary art creation. While for Guangfeng, he enjoys the situation that intuitively shooting the bullets on the target or even the wall. Therefore, compared with the correct action for hitting the bull’s eye, the inappropriate situation of contemporary art creation has two more choices: one is the unintentional target, and the other regards the wall as the shooting target. Later, wall-targeted shooting may convert people’s idea and the wall may be the new target. Therefore, just like an adventure with gun, Guangfeng created a series of works of “inappropriate situation”, which perhaps is also the beginning of his “Big Golden Tooth Era”.

When we talk about the “Big Golden Tooth Era” of Guangfeng, we should trace back to elements of "Skull Men" in his work. No matter Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove or Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, the seven skull men and four skull men in those works all have big gold tooth, bringing the simple characters into a whirlpool of history. Neither the correct literati label constructed by the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove in the history nor the value of “four masters” constructed under the extreme coincidence of the art history is effective in Guangfeng’s context of creation. A big gold tooth inlaid in the work brings people who like to clean up the historical heritage into a realistic situation where the flesh is gone and the golden tooth is everlasting. This is the thinking of a tomb robber, but often the tomb robber holds the first-hand information of history. In addition to the skull men, thinking clues related to history can still be found in the pagoda and stoneware drawn by Guangfeng. In his painting, whether an unauthorized absent stone lion or a pagoda that can never stand uprights, both placed the elements which are powerful in the historical context, into a free state where they can travel and return inexplicably. History is always strikingly similar, and similar history is always looking for the next consumer, which is the real reason that the artist hangs his work on the wall of the exhibition for consumption.

If history still cannot be consumed more directly, then Guangfeng used the elements of peach and bamboo to chew the humanity and the relationship between people in a more “flattering” way. The flattery relationship between peach and bamboo, bamboo and bamboo, peach and peach in the work reminds us to review the relationship between personal existence and society in the culture of consumerism. How to look at the peach as not peach and how to look at the bamboo as not like bamboo has become a cotton swab for Guangfeng to flirt the viewer’s vision, which can both wipe the wound and scratch the ear. When everyone thinks that the cotton swab for saving people’s live is more meaningful than the one for ear-sweeping, whether art could entertain or save people becomes an eternal topic. Therefore, just like the big golden tooth in his work, the peach and the bamboo only own the label meaning here.

Guangfeng went to paint - some people familiar with his creation will definitely doubt it as they thought Guangfeng was focusing on performance or installation. In the so-called correct context of contemporary art creation, the distinction between media and materials is debatable. Obviously, the word of “debatable” is only a gentle statement. Like art creation, there are also some euphemistic expressions in art criticism. From the series of “painting” by Guangfeng, we can make a conclusion: in the inappropriate situation that self-made by Guangfeng, the body pain of the big gold tooth under the ecstasy can be remembered.

Curator:Lin Shuchuan

【EXHIBITION】Sino-Dutch Artists Joint Solo Exhibition - Revitalisation

Revitalisation - Joint Solo Exhibition of Riet van der Linden and Zhou Beili, held by Levant Art and Consulate-general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai, will open on 14th April.

This exhibition is the 7th project of Dutch Artists in Shanghai, a series of activities initiated by Consulate-general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai with the aim of introducing Dutch artists and their works to Shanghai citizens. The exhibition will close on 12th May.

Two female artists have unique and sharp perspectives. Most of the works in the exhibition are made of cardboard. Recycled carton board packaging and corrugated paper are both revitalised with artists’ care for the inner world and the earth we inhabit.


Dutch artist Riet van der Linden collects discarded carton and packaging box and flattens them to their original flat shapes. Then she starts the composition by folding over every single pliable part in every possible direction and draw its contours on the surface of the main body. In this way an interplay of shapes and shadow forms. Riet uses the corresponding brand names as titles for the pieces, which is a pun about (over)consumption of modern society.

Sculptor Zhou Beili utilizes her unique surrealist touch to depict another type of fairy-tale belonging to adults. Her art representation is true to herself. There is no room for affected struggle, careless release of negative emotions, or excessive elaboration. With artist’s creation, the recyclable corrugated paper is regenerated into flexible and fun installation works.

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2017 - International Contemporary Glass Exhibition

Since 2010 when the first iglass exhibition was curated by Bert van Loo in LEVANT ART, it is the sixth time for us to present the contemporary glass exhibition. Over these seven years, early cross-boundary exhibitions of glass artworks have led to narrow-down and in-depth explorations of the classical works from several countries, which enables us to continue our quest, communication, understanding and study in this field, to appreciate a profusion of glass arts from global eminent artists and to depict the expression of glass as a medium in the context of cultural pluralism. Bridging the artists and the audience, we harvest in sharing the brewing and creating stage and studying materials and crafts as well as in the “Eureka” moments.

iglass2017 International Contemporary Glass Exhibition will be exhibited from Oct.31st, 2017 to Feb. 28rd, 2018 and the opening will be held at Levant Art Gallery on Oct. 28th, 2017, 15:30, from every Tuesday to Saturday. This year we continue to present excellent glass works of 10 remarkable glass artists, who come from seven countries: America, South Korea, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Australia. This is a celebration of abundant glass arts assembling assorted perspectives formed by diverse geological backgrounds, generations and crafts. At the opening ceremony, the professor Michael Rogers from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) School and the head of the glass workshop of Australian National University will attend the opening,sharing their ideas of creation and more stories with audience.

The preparation for iglass 2017 initiates in the beginning of 2016 and till now does it finally end. Our curator Bert van Loo has invariably injects his expertise and attention into various tasks from inviting artists to the exhibition to selecting each piece of artworks, which has profoundly impressed and touched us. We are deeply sorry that Mr. Bert van Loo has passed away on Dec.19th, 2016. We, on behalf of the whole staff of LEVANT ART, will express our sincerest respect to him. We are grateful for the life-long contribution he has made to glass arts, and we shall carry on with our passion and devotion in glass arts!

Curator | Bert van Loo (The Netherlands)

Duration | 10:00-17:30 (Tue.-Sat.)Oct.31,2017-Feb.28,2018

Add. | No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai 200002

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Artist | Amber Cowan, Javier Gómez, Jiyong Lee, Lene Bødker, Maria Bang Espersen, Michael Rogers, Milan Handl, Richard Whiteley, Stanislava Grebeníčková, Wilfried Grootens

【ARTSHOP】"The 24 Solar Terms" Series Tea Tray

【ARTSHOP】Necklace Inspired from Work “Philosopher” by Beili Zhou

Philosopher

We can insist on staying at a tender age, but the life we have experienced will not leave us as innocent as we were.

Is the philosopher that susceptible true self whose heart opens to no one? The sentimentality, emotion and following troubles of youth are meaningless in an adult’s eyes, but they are what we truly care about in boyhood.

【EXHIBITION】isculpture 2016 - The Spiritscape of Beili Zhou

The year 2016 is Zhou’s one decade anniversary of her university commencement. And also in this year her first solo exhibition coincidentally takes place. November 8, 2016 is a meaningful and extraordinary day for Zhou Beilei, who will issue her first “Spiritscape”trip for all audience.
Her first solo show will last for 3 months and display her 11 sculptures. Most of her works on display are created during 2013 and 2016. This combination of works does not mean to deny her old works before 2013, but to take into consideration the integrity of the whole exhibition and other composite elements including the relationship between works and environments. Among them a critical element lies in that during 2013 and 2016, Zhou’s works were influenced by her refined understanding of space, which meant she was enchanted by low relief. In this group of new works, it is obvious that low relief can more efficiently utilize the space of the wall and its relationship with full-round sculpture becomes more intricate and harmonious. Low relief has also raised the possibility of presenting sculptures as public art both indoor and outdoor in the meanwhile varied the methods of presentation. As an exception, among Zhou’s sculptures, her early work Red Star over China will be displayed. This piece of sculpture holds an unusual meaning for its creator. It is her graduation work as well as her first work to be established in public commercial space of Shanghai, which further offers her opportunities and built her confidence to continuously participate in diverse public art creations. The other early works will be shared with audience in a graphic way showing the process of creation. After all these early works have been presented to audience in different occasions including collective exhibitions, artistic activities and art fairs. Therefore we hope that this exhibition will bring to audience a unique experience and a chance to fully understand her. Her work has a distinct individuality and is highly recognizable. No matter what her works are identified as – cartoon, conceptualized, or contemporary, they are always her self-interpretations true to heart. As for artistic expressions, being honest is an attitude sufficient to appeal to people. The abundant compositions of images and the exactly right revelations of emotions have become her signature.
Zhou has always been following her heart and externalizing the true self. It seems that there are unceasing inspirations for new images and ideas sparkling in her mind, and each sparkle of inspiration is also an opportunity for self-improvement. However, she did not know how to arrange the ideas and thoughts gradually occurring to her during all those years. So she felt a bit hesitated and lost when she was to give a solo exhibition. What should be the principal line of the exhibition? How to develop and continue the main idea? Such problems occupied her mind for a long time in the very beginning. Beili Zhou is not an artist focusing on art theories, so her work will not be restricted by academic doctrines. Enlightened by curator Mr. Li Xu, she gradually found the original motif of self-development – it’s her heart longing for a travel that has been pushing her forward. A deep savor of all her works reveals her desire for a single travel. Because for an artist, receiving stimulations of exterior information is as important as a plant assimilating nutrients and water from the nature. And the self-improvement of every artist is similar to the plant’s transforming the nutrients into O2 , CO2, H2O and H2 or even more complicated reactions of organisms. This process usually comes with sufferings and agonies, but it is the joy of embracing sudden light after struggling to explore in the dark night that the artists really crave. In this way Beili Zhou found her sudden light for her first solo exhibition. The theme of this exhibition was finally defined as “Spiritscape”. I will not explain this theme, whose origin and meaning have been clearly and briefly elaborated by Mr. Li Xu.The literal translation of the theme of Beili Zhou’s first solo show is “Spiritscape and Insights”, a pun in Chinese. This phrase symbolizes Zhou’s insights achieved by years of contemplation and production, at the same time it refers to a possibility of spiritscape that her works bring to her audience. In this situation life experience has taken place of natural landscape to become the subject of “spiritscape”.
Beili Zhou’s art representation is true to herself and spontaneously reveals the nourishing of culture, her religion and life experience. There is no room for affected struggle, factitious outcry, careless release of negative emotions, excessive elaboration or pretended profundity. The process of planning this solo show also proves her positive attitude towards her decadic art work, which experience eventually came to be integrated into one showpiece, namely this exhibition. The next pilgrimage of spiritscape is going underway!

【EXHIBITION】Tianyuan Glass Art Festival “Glass & Ice”

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2016 - Chinese Contemporary Glass Exhibition

Frankly speaking, whatever the participants or LEVANT ART are all looking forward to iglass 2016 - the fifth Contemporary Glass Exhibition. Someone may ask what are the specialities for this glass exhibition?After last 6 years’ study and practice, LEVANT ART has been learning from the curators and all the artists,enriching our professional knowledge, and meanwhile enhancing the exhibition’s quality of operation. We expect this could be a good enough platform in the field of glass to deliver the charisma of glass art, so that the world could understand this group of people fascinated by glass.
The opening of this exhibition will be held at 15:30 September 17, 2016 in LEVANT ART. The extension will be one and a half or so (September 20, 2016 —November 3,2016), it will be opened to the public from Tuesday to Saturday freely. This time there’ll be 11 artists attend the exhibition with their totally 31 wonderful works, most of them are the latest creation. And most of the participating artists will attend the opening ceremony as well, sharing their stories behind each creation.
The whole process of curating iglass 2016 was especially long, with our understanding and studying the development of Chinese contemporary glass art. On the premise of Bert’s selection of participating artists based on his comprehension of the works, we thoroughly go through these artists once more. We find that the current participating artists of iglass 2016 just reflect the developing traces of glass art in China - the pioneers of Chinese glass art who became devoted in glass art and established glass art education in important art academies in the earliest times, the artists who teach in different art academies and are active in art creation, and these independent artists studying overseas.
Since the establishment of the first Chinese glass studio in the Shanghai University, the education and creation of Chinese glass art has been developing rapidly. On the premise of curator Mr. Bert’s selection of participating artists based on their comprehension of the works, we thoroughly go through these artists once more and we finally chose these 11 artists. And we found that the current participating artists of iglass 2016 just reflect the developing traces of glass art in China - the Pioneers who became devoted in glass art and established glass art education in these important art academies in the earliest times; the Nexus who teach in different art academies and are active in art creation;the Rising Stars who are these independent artists studying overseas.

We really appreciate all the participating artists’ support and trust to the team of LEVANT ART!


Curator | Bert van Loo (The Netherlands)

Duration | 10:00-17:30 (Tue.-Sat.)Oct.31,2017-Feb.28,2018

Add. | No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai 200002

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Artist | Zhuang Xiaowei, Guan Donghai, Li Wen, Sunny Wang, Wang Qin, Xu Jinlong, Guo Xiaoyan, Xue Lv, Li Jing, Du Meng, Xie Wendi

【EXHIBITION】Boundless Creativity And Art

【ARTSHOP】3D Priting Jewery 《Thought Experient》 Series

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PANKAI - The Chinese sculptor PanKai has reached his highest maturity status in creativity, both in the conceptual as much as in the artistic fields. Ask the world what general logic and connection is, with purity in his meditation. He made a breakthrough in his every creation.

LEVANT ART - To explore and promote innovation cooperation patterns between different fields by cross-border way of thinking.

MALIANGHANG - The professional founder of 3D priting of jewelry.

Show both the sense of space and rhythm of structure of Pankai’s series sculpture “Thought Experiment” through 3D printing technology. The cooperation within three teams synthesize multi-thinking, play “Thought Experiment” jointly.

【EXHIBITION】AArt2015 Citizen Art Shanghai | Room307

【EXHIBITION】Solo Exhibition of Sigurdur Gudmundsson - Untitled Meanings

Levant Art Gallery will open an exhibition by the Icelandic artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson entitled: Untitled Meanings on June 5th (Friday) 2015 at 15:30 pm. The exhibition will be opened by Ambassador of the Republic of Iceland, His Excellency Stefán Skjaldarson.

Sigurdur Gudmundsson is born in 1942, in Reykjavik, Iceland, but he has been living for the longest time of his life in other countries. He studied art in Iceland and Holland and was an art teacher in many art academies in different countries. He is a professor at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Sigurdur Gudmundsson is best known for his photographic works which were always based on poetry and philosophy. His work has been exhibited in many countries in the world. Such as Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA ; Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France; Stedelijkmuseum, Amsterdam, Holland; The National Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland; Kunsthalle, Kiel, Germany; Malmokonsthall, Malmo, Sweden; Venice Biennial, Italy; Bienniel de Paris, France; Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil; Sydney Biennal, Australia.

In the book Mutes which is about Gudmundsson’s art, he says the following:
‘It is not something built on an idea then becomes visual, but more like a molecule :something that doesn’t present but is the object itself or the characteristic of it.
My art is not something that I know or espouse but something that I believe I need to know or understand.
I want the work to create a new kind of intelligence that is new to me .
My art is not showing my opinions on one thing or another but it is opinions that have yet to come to me .
When I understand an art work I am always disappointed ,I much rather like to believe the work than to understand it.
I prefer to eat the cake itself rather than reading the recipe of it .’

【ART FAIR】2015 ART BEIJING | A35

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2014 - Japanese Contemporary Glass Exhibition

It has been four years since LEVANT ART held its first iGlass exhibition in 2010. Now, we are presenting iGlass 2014—The 4th ‘Glass Art’ Show. The iGlass 2010 International Glass Sculpture Exhibition focused on the artists working with glass from Europe and America. Since then, LEVANT ART has being presenting excellent sculptors working with glass from every part of the world with grand and fine artworks. In 2012/13, we exhibited Czech and Slovakian sculptures. These three exhibitions focused on Europe and America where‘Glass Art’ was originated and has received the best development.This choice of iGlass 2014 is not by accident. This time LEVANT ART is presenting this year the iGlass exhibition of the best artists from our neighboring country, Japan.
And I reckon, it is the first gallery who introduces Japanese glass sculptures on this scale to Chinese viewers. After careful consultations with the curator, we finally made a selection of 30 excellent sculptures made out of glass by 11 Japanese artists of different ages, artistic concepts, shapes and technologies.With a relatively shorter history of development, the ‘Glass Art’ took root in Japan and has gradually grown into a professional medium  for artists showing its own style, and contributed a lot to the Japanese contemporary art. 
I will introduce them in alphabetical order:

Harumi Yukutake
A sculptor who defines space as a poem. Her artworks are very sensitive, and yet made in an ordinary way, so the works are easy to approach. The mirror pieces exist in various shapes, but you will always be surprised how they reshape the surrounding and try to mislead you a bit. You will meet yourself, not in the usual way - but scattered into pieces. It’s not just mirroring. She defines you and your surrounding in unexpected ways, and makes you wonder where you are.

Kazushi Nakada
His pieces belong to an imagined world that is there - and not there. Kazushi attempts to bring hidden imagery out of obscurity, the unconscious into the world of light and reality, inviting his audience to share intuitive experiences that relate to what he refers to again and again as the ‘undercurrent’. Occasionally a specific process, like the growth pattern of a seed, is translated into glass, as in a piece called Garden X. The inspiration for this came from watching a seed change and grow as a result of daily watering.

Makoto Nishikawa
This work struck me, because the precision in perception of space. He has done a number of commissions, and you can see how well his works fits into the surrounding. His work is sensitive, carefully balanced, and witnesses a sharp observation of circumstances. The concept for his art work is based on intuition, while observing natural phenomena like the moon.

Masahiro Nick Sasaki
The material, glass, is inorganic. Yet, when molten, it reveals its organic state. This and other characteristics are clearly presented in these pieces. By sandblasting his pieces, Masahiro Nick Sasaki brings glass back to one of the basic ingredients: sand. “I participate in the cycle of transformation caused by fire and wind,” he said. The result: remarkable objects showing great strength while looking very fragile.


Masayo Odahashi
She talks about the fairy tale of the white rabbit, and about trips with her parents to the Ise-Shrine. Her works fascinate people from different cultures all over the world. Personally,
I would describe her work as self-reflective and slightly melancholic. The figures she uses are real and yet seem to come from another worl. And there is an interesting duality in her work. Girls, Rabbits and more in reflecting poses, unreachable.

Ryoji Shibuya
“Glass is an extremely interesting material,” said Ryoji Shibuya, “as it simultaneously possesses both interior space and exterior form. Not only do we see a 3 dimensional shape, but we experience the richness of inner light.” True, but many others use this technique to create their works, so it is difficult to remain authentic. However, he manages again and again to make artworks with a very personal touch, in which you can feel his deep consciousness.

Shiho Tokoro
She is trying to catch a drizzly day or, better yet, rain is inspiring her - and she knows very well how to transform this atmosphere into a sculptural piece. Her work is made up of multi-layered glass blocks surrounded by transparent green. Inside the glass blocks, one sees the light reflection on the enclosed airdrops. It reminded me of ancient Japanese block prints in which rain really felt wet. She is able to create her own unique poetic world, defined in vitalizing sculptures.

Shunji Omura
I was really impressed when I saw his work the first time. He has made a few remarkable big commissions, which were very successful and unique (as far as I know). For this exhibition, he created an object like a sword, using it as a peace symbol, which is made out of hot glass on a stainless steel pipe. This is very, very difficult to achieve – and it proves his unbelievable skill in handling hot molten glass. His sculptures are personal, powerful and give evidence of a creative and sensitive mind.

Toshio Iezumi
Laminated sheet glass, cut, ground and polished, are the basic elements of his work. Toshio Iezumi is well aware of the optical qualities of glass, and uses a reflection coating to emphasize the depth inside the object. With utmost precision, he transmits light so that with each move you make, you will experience another sculpture.

Yoshiaki Kojiro
When I saw his works without knowing him, my first thought was Zen. Yoshiaki’s work reminded me of the beauty of Japanese stone gardens. Hard to encompass – and even harder to describe. You have to see it and to feel it, whatever “it” is. After you have experienced it, you may agree with me: his work is very authentic, well defined, balanced, has great power of expression - and yet it’s sober and pure as can be.

Yukako Kojima
Young and beautiful work. Yakako says that her inspiration is the beauty of nature. She is a master in catching the light, with a preference for natural light. Her pieces show not only the beauty of the material - she creates very balanced sculptures which show great serenity.
Speaking of the Japanese contemporary art, we can think of these familiar names of the artists, like Yayoi Kusama, Murakami Takashi, Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Tatsuo Miyajima, Yoshitomo Nara, etc., to name just a few, as in fact, there are far more other artistic pioneers who also lead the Japanese contemporary art in the international arena. The Japanese contemporary art dates back to the Meijirshin period. Due to the economic and cultural impacts from the Western countries on Japan during the years after the World War II, it was not until the 1960s—70s that Mono-ha came into being that best interpreted the Japanese traditional culture. The emergence of Mono-ha was a breakthrough in the status quo where the post-war Japan was dominated by European and American countries in the areas of economy, art and cultures. It also served as a crushing retort to the status quo of the fine art and culture and society in the years after the 1960s in Japan. It was then that the Japanese contemporary art officially made its appearance in the international arena.
As technology is indispensable to the material glass, you can expect complexity in craftsmanship. Japanese artists attracted to glass researched glass technology and discovered new ways to express their visual language. 
Why is it that Japan picks up glass so easily in their educational system? Maybe it’s because they have a long tradition in ceramics, which is always close connected to glass, and yet it has a complete different appearance. The allure of glass is known all over the world, but in Japan it fits perfectly in the perception of their environment.
Glass has many great qualities, but one of the most outstanding ones is the ‘fourth dimension’, being the light that can be caught inside the material. Using that, provides you with abilities to maneuver and vary with colors, structures and thicknesses in a sculpture to reach your own superb esthetic goals.  Not only Japanese artists mastered all the technical abilities, they also found gradually their individual artistic expression in using glass as a medium for sculpture. 
Now in iGlass 2014 LEVANT ART presents the finest examples of Japanese individual sculptures made out of glass; using all possible techniques to reach the highest level of beauty and expression and fitting into the Japanese cultural tradition.

Curator | Bert van Loo (The Netherlands)

Duration | 10:00-17:30 (Tue.-Sat.)Oct.31,2017-Feb.28,2018

Add. | No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai 200002

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Artist | Harumi Yukutake, Kazushi Nakada, Sasaki Masahiro, Shunji Omura, Shiho Tokoro, Makoto Nishikawa, Masayo Odahashi, Ryoji Shibuya, Yoshiaki Kojiro, Yukako Kojima

【ART FAIR】AArt 2014 Citizen Art Chengdu | Room0692

【ART FAIR】AArt 2014 Citizen Art Shanghai

【ART FAIR】2014 ART BEIJING | B28

【EXHIBITION】isculpture 2014 - Kim SeonGu Solo Exhibition

【EXHIBITION】2014 Life throughout Sri Lanka:From Coast To Highlands.

Years of a civil war is giving way to optimism and development throughout the country. This is a beautiful land that is slowly finding a deserved spot as a destination for travelers in search of an authentic and untouched culture.The exhibition showcases snapshots of life as it is lived from Weligama in the south to Ratnapura in the highlands and Jaffna in the north.

Jan shoots street scenes, portraits and people he meets on his travels. Good communication, patience and great people are key ingredients in creating and capturing beautiful moments.
Born in Norway and based in Singapore for 15 years provides Jan with an understanding of different cultures and an appreciation for the way photography provides a common language across borders.

【ART FAIR】AArt2013 Citizen Art Shanghai

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2013 - Slovakian Contemporary Glass Exhibition

【ART FAIR】2013 ART BEIJING | A29

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