Making Landscapes Speak


March 09 – May 03, 2012

Curated by Saori Kashio
Artists: Caroline Burghardt, Naoko Ito, Louis Lim, Anne Percoco, Yukihiro Taguchi

Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 6-8PM

Event/ Pastoral Portrait Studio: Saturday, March 31, 1 – 4 PM
Please join Caroline Burghardt and have your portrait taken with one of her pastoral backdrops. Feel momentarily transported (at least mentally or pictorially) from the concrete urban landscape to the idyllic countryside. The Portrait. All are welcome, dressing up, costumes, and props encouraged.

Artist Talk: Saturday, April 14, 4 – 6 PM

ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present “Making Landscapes Speak,” curated by Saori Kashio. The exhibition features five artists, Naoko Ito, Anne Percoco, Yukihiro Taguchi, Louis Lim, and Caroline Burghardt whose landscape painting, photograph, collage, video, and installation projects magnify the exciting “voices” of today’s living environments.
Landscape art emerged from gradual social changes. In Western paintings, landscapes were inferior to religious and mythological themes, and thus were background settings for them. Before the late seventeenth century, people did not see landscapes as the objects of viewing and pleasure. However, the social changes of the early modern era promoted landscapes to a more independent sphere of representation. Natural landscapes, as opposed to urban environments, became appreciated. People admired the sovereign fields that were independent of outside forces.
Today, we are faced with rapidly shifting phenomena of economical and social changes. We try to capture what our surroundings are and interpret them. “Making Landscapes Speak” witnesses both the complex nature of our time and artists’ sincere responses to it. Their works are the testimonial of our dilemma, challenge, and critical perspectives on contemporary society. These five artists have crafted the unique social “voices” of landscapes, rejuvenating them as a major artistic concern, and providing a keen awareness of where we spend our lifetimes.

Image: Yukihiro Taguchi “Moment – performatives spazieren” (2008) Video, 4’36″ (c)Yukihiro Taguchi, courtesy of the artist and Mujin-to Production, Tokyo

Sponsors: ITOEN 000, NY ART BEAT 001 13-55-11

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