EARTH ALGORITHMS: LANDSCAPES OF THE DIGITAL AGE
Opening August 23, 2019, 5-7pm
The natural resources of our global age range from bottlecaps to bamboo. Artworks by Syōryū Honda, Lee Nam Lee, and Elias Sime creatively harvest ripe technological materials to engage a landscape tradition of art. At root, the exhibit proposes a role for artistic intelligence to realize change in the world.
LEE NAME LEE (born in Damyang, South Korea, 1969; lives in Gwangju, South Korea)
Cartoon Folding Screen II, 2010, digital video on 5 monitors with audio
Lee Nam Lee is one of the most famous contemporary video artists in South Korea, known for his animated commentaries on global culture. Across five synced TVs like a video folding screen, traditional Korean scroll paintings become infiltrated with ancient Greek and Renaissance statues, Rene Magritte’s man with a bowler hat, and other cultural masterpieces that drop like soft bombs, more cartoonish than menacing. Later, UFOs swarm the surreal landscape in promise of future creativity. In the end, snowfall quiets the landscape, a classical metaphor of longevity and resilience.
ELIAS SIME (born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1968; lives in Addis Ababa)
Forthcoming 6, from Ants & Ceramicists, 2009-2010, flattened bottle caps, motherboards, nails and reclaimed plastic elements on panel
Elias Sime’s collage of computer motherboards, bottlecaps, and other remnants was assembled from Africa’s largest open-air market, Mercato, in his hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The transformation of these parts into abstract art demonstrate a network of global economic development that comment on the exchange values of manufactured and handmade products.
SYŌRYŪ HONDA (Born in Kagoshima, Japan, 1951; lives in Matsumoto, Japan)
Sound of Earth, 2006 (Heisei period)
Madake bamboo and rattan
Syōryū Honda evolved his traditional knowledge of ikebana basketry technique into a vision of abstract sculpture. Residing in the Japanese Alps, Honda is known for plaiting thin strips of bamboo into airy, tubular sculptures that express invisible phenomena like sound waves. Honda’s hollow openwork method allows for creative communication with the natural bamboo material. Bamboo is difficult to control; one should to listen to its message.
Art House location & Hours
Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm
231 Delgado St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501