《枕詞 物》Tom O’dea個展 | rest things, a solo exhibition by Tom O’dea

日期
13/06/2019 - 11:00 - 26/06/2019 - 19:00
地址
1a space
香港九龍土瓜灣馬頭角道63號牛棚藝術村14號

1a空間榮譽呈獻《枕詞 物》Tom O’Dea個展。

《枕詞 物》為Tom O’Dea的個展,將展示藝術家過去十年的作品及其最新的創作。展覽主題《枕詞 物》參照日本詩學傳統中的枕詞(makura kotoba)-透過聲音、聯想或字義,利用表面上不相干的文字引喻傳統詩歌。那些文字本身或已失去字面上的意義,但在淵博的傳統裡卻能引起一組組如細微脈絡般的聯想。日常生活物品中不經意的放置狀態,便有著這種相似的引喻,開啟是次展覽的作品創作。

《枕詞 物》承接藝術家於2015年的展覽 reclamation(於愛爾蘭都柏林)所開拓的方向,含蓄地表現出適應與歸屬的概念。日常生活中遇見的視覺狀態將重新闡釋,物件形態與物料脫離本身的語境,以擺脫一向認知的美學標準。最近期的作品進一步推進藝術家對繪畫與雕塑之間的研究。利用3D立體模型及打印技術,並結合傳統的陶瓷殼模法及青銅鑄造技巧製作鉸接式的鑄銅繪畫。

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《枕詞 物》Tom O’Dea個展

開幕酒會:
2019 年6月12日晚上6時30分

藝術家座談會:
2019 年6月12日晚上7時正
嘉賓: 香港浸會大學視覺藝術院總監Prof. Louis Nixon

Tom O’Dea將與香港浸會大學視覺藝術院總監Prof. Louis Nixon於《枕詞 物》的開幕中將討論藝術家發展出來的獨特繪畫創作方法。本討論會亦會探討藝術家所全神貫注的與其中的轉換過程,以及藝術家如何發展出對顏料的非傳統表現手法。同時,他們亦會討論到一件被普遍認為是雕塑的物件,如何能超越其形式而彰顯繪畫的功能。

展期:2019年6月13日至2019年6月26日
展覽開放時間:逢星期二至日上午11時至晚上7時正(逢星期一休館)
地點:香港九龍土瓜灣馬頭角道63號牛棚藝術村14號「1a空間」
查詢: 25290087/ [email protected]
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藝術家創作自述

Tom O’Dea慣常以繪畫為創作媒介。他的作品重新思考後現代主義對繪畫的評論並嘗試把一般視作正式繪畫領域的界限一再擴大。他傾向創作樸實適度的作品,把極簡主義的暗藏意義和悖理一同納入其中。O’Dea的作品主要針對起源自對謹慎正規的成語使用所衍生出來的焦躁不安,及對因約定俗成而容易跌入默認狀態的恐懼。這種以功利主義的連結去看待物質,摒棄或癟掉了對精湛技藝的追求,或對所謂「更優秀的」媒介的依戀。作品中錯綜複雜的製作與表面地對短暫狀態的決心雖擁有平等的地位,但兩者亦同樣地對相互之間所擁有的優越地位提出質疑。他延伸的繪畫作品宣示了一種短暫懷疑的立場,亦透過作品表達於靜謐的詩意與邊緣的可悲之間遊走的野心。

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關於藝術家

Tom O’Dea為愛爾蘭藝術家,現於香港居住及創作。
他在愛爾蘭高威理工學院取得文學士榮譽學位,主修藝術(繪畫),並於都柏林藝術及設計學院修畢藝術碩士(繪畫)研究院課程。現為香港浸會大學視覺藝術院講師。

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1a space proudly presents rest things, a solo exhibition by Tom O’dea.

rest things is a solo exhibition by Tom O’Dea bringing together very recent works alongside works from the past ten years. The exhibition title rest things references the Japanese poetic tradition of ‘rest words’ (makura kotoba) - the use of seemingly tangential words to allude to classical poetry by means of sound, association or meaning. The words themselves lose literal meaning, but form a nuanced rhizome-like set of associations within a vast tradition. A similar dynamic is at play in the encountered vernacular situations that initiate the works in this exhibition. rest things follows on from a 2015 exhibition reclamation (Dublin, Ireland) that dealt obliquely with ideas of displacement and belonging. Encountered visual situations are interrogated and quoted out of context. Ready-to-hand vernacular forms and materials are cut off from intended use and re-purposed as visual frames of reference in an effort to come to terms with being in a place removed from erstwhile aesthetic benchmarks. The very recent works further the artist’s research into the space between painting and sculpture, utilising 3D modelling and printing technologies in combination with traditional ceramic-shell bronze casting techniques in the making of an articulated cast-bronze painting.

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rest things - a solo exhibition by Tom O’dea

Opening Reception:
12th June 2019 6:30pm

Artist Talk:
12th June 2019 7:00pm
Guest:Prof. Louis Nixon (Director Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU)

On the occasion of the opening of rest things, Tom O’Dea will discuss his expanded painting practice with Prof. Louis Nixon. This conversation will explore his preoccupations and shifting processes and the development of his painting practice away from the literal application of paint. Amongst other things, they will discuss how an object that might otherwise be considered a ‘sculpture’ can function in the mode of painting despite its means.

Exhibition Period: 13th June – 26th June 2019
Time: Tuesday to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Mondays)
Venue: 1a space, Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Enquiry: 25290087/ [email protected]
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Artist Statement

Tom O’Dea’s practice is one of painting by other means. His work reconsiders the late modernist critique of painting while testing boundaries of what can be formally considered to be within the territory of painting. He tends to work on a modest scale that engages with both the cache and absurdity of the minimalist gesture. O’Dea works with a formal restlessness stemming from a wariness of idiom and an anxiety of falling into a habit-forming ‘default mode’. This sees materials with utilitarian associations deflate or forgo any notion of attempted virtuosity or preciousness associated with the use of ‘finer’ media. The parity between the intricately worked and a seemingly provisional resolution likewise questions the primacy of either. His expanded painting practice occupies a position of tentative doubt with the ambition of the work being to exist along the line between the quietly poetic and the borderline pathetic.

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About Artist

Tom O’Dea is an Irish visual artist living and working in Hong Kong. He received a BA (Honours) degree in Fine Art (Painting) at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and a Masters in Fine Art (Painting- research by practice) at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He teaches at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.

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