Apr 23, 2014
"Over the past two decades Uri Dushy
has been investigating the origins of art, each time experimenting anew with an unfamiliar style, new techniques and artistic creation methods foreign to him. In his personal, non-compromising way, he insists upon joining and creating within artistic genres unprecedented to him, provocatively challenging, mastering and adopting technical professional production processes. Uri Dushy’s work does not confine itself to the limits of his private studio, but rather exits into the public realm – into open sites frequented by bypasses and members of the community who are not necessarily familiar with museums and galleries. His public art works are favorably accepted both in official art institutes such as galleries and art centers in which he is active, as well as in business and industrial sites, through dozens of public locations where his public art works are permanently displayed. The combination of styles which characterize his works, usually merging and thus naturally constructing his work process, mark his exceptional course in the labyrinth of his highly personal art."
Apr 23, 2014
Born in 1968 in Jiangsu Province, China, An Kun
(安堃) began painting for no particular reason other than that of the enjoyment he received standing in front of a canvas, pouring out his inspirations. After graduating from the Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute and studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, An Kun worked as an art designer and decoration designer for a corporation, but felt his creativity stifled. Thus he removed himself from the ‘mess’ and tucked himself away in a studio, preferring the solitude and quiet, working and meditating with great composure and demonstrating his natural otherworldly instincts. To An Kun, the contemporary environment too often blunders about with thick color and shallow meanings that block people from thinking, thus leaving them at a loss. In his Zen series, the characters of his paintings often seem gaunt and woeful, quite in opposition to the common conception of the word ‘zen’. But An Kun’s explanation is as simple as it is meaningful: Because of this uneasy world, one’s soul is unable to cease all suffering. But by using simple and thin colors, and playing with light and shadow, An Kun creates austere faces that appear as if they are finally, silently able to enjoy the solitude in life and a measure of peace.