Mark Ryden at Perrotin Shanghai: 'Anima Animals'
There's only 2 days until the closing of this very unique exhibition, joint organized by Perrotin and Kasmin, so definitly go if you haven't.
The exhibition features over forty artworks from Mark Ryden's latest series,
Anima Animals, and it's also Ryden's first solo show in China.
"Anima Animals presents a portrait gallery of enchanted characters that
embody the artist’s meticulously-realized, signature blend of archetype,
kitsch, and narrative mysticism. Resplendent with pink-cheeked, wideeyed divine beings, the works are encased in ornate, handcarved
wooden frames of the artist’s design that function as part of the artwork,
extending the traditional limits of the picture plane. The characters’
otherworldly demeanors found within are inspired by the idiosyncratic
and playfully proportioned faces of 1950s vintage plush animal toys.
Whilst many of these creatures present a benevolent smile framed by
soft tendrils of candy-colored fur, saccharine curls, roses, and silk bows,
a darker tension lies just under the surface, hinting at the haunting
resonance of the subconscious.
Ryden’s modern mythologies inseparably interweave twin senses of
comfort and menace. “Most of my work engages with the relationship between the physical world and the spiritual world," he has said. His are
scenes that exist in the ambiguous space between these two realms,
in which nostalgia—and by extension memory, even death—are everpresent.
Takashi Murakami has said: “Mark Ryden, Yoshitomo Nara, and I, among
others, belong to a generation of artists who have been facing in the
same general direction. What I mean by the ‘same direction’ is that as
children, we were baptized in subculture and that experience remains
intensely imprinted on each of our beings. When we subsequently
began painting in our adolescent years, we also started to study art
history while simultaneously developing our painting technique. Once
we had full command of both of these, we succeeded in combining
historical painting methods with subculture. That, in a nutshell, is our
Ryden’s time-honored, artistic craftsmanship elevates heavily
sentimentalized elements of American tradition and antiquity, collected
as though for a cabinet of wonders. His labor-intensive canvases deftly
rework centuries of art history, combining the grandeur of Spanish and
Italian religious painting with the decorative richness of Old Master
compositions and the lush textures of French Neoclassicism." - Perrotin Shanghai
JULY 03 - AUGUST 29, 2020
3/F, 27 Hu Qiu Rd, Huanpu District, Shanghai
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“Anima Animals' opening at Perrotin Shanghai! — Organized in collaboration with Kasmin Gallery. Open through August 22. — 来贝浩登（上海）遇见马克•莱登的“超灵动物”，今日开幕！ 展览由贝浩登与卡斯明联合筹办，呈现了一组被施以魔法的角色肖像，其中细致入微地实现了原型、刻奇与叙事神秘主义的标志性融合。粉面大眼睛的神奇生物灿然出现，作品则被放置在艺术家设计的华丽木框中。这些手工精心雕刻的画框亦是作品的一部分，延展了传统意义下的平面画面。作品中形象的异世界举止受启于20世纪50年代那些独特、乖张、具有戏剧性比例面孔的复古填充动物玩具。尽管其中很多形象都展现出灿烂的笑容，带着糖果色的松软绒毛、甜腻的卷发、玫瑰和丝带蝴蝶结，但表面之下，一种更为暗黑的情感张力仍然在观者的潜意识中回荡。 8月22日前，释放你的好奇心。 — #MarkRyden #AnimaAnimals #PerrotinShanghai #Perrotin #马克•莱登 #超灵动物 #贝浩登上海 #贝浩登 — Views of Mark Ryden's exhibition 'Anima Animals' at Perrotin Shanghai, 2020. Photographer: Mengqi Bao. Courtesy of the artist, Perrotin and Kasmin.