Sense6 – JPS Hong Kong Gallery
“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.”
Following the theme of a past group exhibition inspired by another of Leonardo da Vinci’s quotes “saper vedere” (“know how to see”) that demonstrated artists’ understanding of “seeing”, the group exhibition Sense6 is a new attempt to explore the subject. basic human senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, as well as the sixth sense. The exhibition features works by six contemporary artists Edu Carrillo, Gab More, Maxwell McMaster, Natan Heber, Paul Hunter Speagle and Qin Tan, all newly created for this exhibition.
Aristotle is credited with the first numbering of the senses in his work De Anima. It was he who noted the “big five” among the senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Modern science suggests that there are many more senses than Aristotle thought, nevertheless his philosophy of the five senses had become the gateway to reality. According to its supporters, they reliably disclose reality and the amount of reality they do disclose is considered quite generous. Sense6 presents a way to experience reality through five basic senses as well as the magical sixth sense that Aristotle forgot to include. Vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch are practical faculties that help us navigate and stay informed about the complex world in which we live. The sixth sense, on the other hand, can be described as a sharp intuitive power, an ability to know something. without using the ordinary five senses, or as a perception of reality. Sense6 offers us an extrasensory perception of reality presented by six artists through their works and practices.
Edu Carrillo creates flirtatious works as a reflection of friendship and love as opposed to breaking up in an almost magical way that reflects the aesthetics and experiences associated with his generation. In Gab More’s paintings, a figurative structure of layered geometric shapes is used to convey inner thoughts and feelings in a semi-fantastic way. Maxwell McMaster creates works that can be described as a dreamy stillness, reality seen through his version of a crystal ball. Natan Heber transcends strict aesthetics by examining ambiguity and the origin of ideas through multi-layered and dissected images of his characters forever. Through a new series of paintings, Paul Hunter Speagle offers a fresh perspective of awareness of some of our societies’ most pressing issues. Finally, Qin Tan presents us with a “universal man” in a quasi-virtual landscape, reflecting a fundamental form of the human being in a world filled with vibrant landscapes and earthly delights.
Aristotle was wrong about one thing, we experience reality and perceive the world through more than five senses, but he was right about one thing for sure: “All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the pleasure we take in our senses.
In the work of Edu Carrillo, themes such as love, rupture, magic and fantasy, music, friendship, dance and nature envelop his canvases and drawings. Through primitive gestures and vivid color palettes, the artist generates a universe where the characters are carefully dressed in the most trendy contemporary fashions, such as the skater style influenced by the 90s. The sense of energy that the works instill in the viewer reveals the intention of the artist to represent light and naive scenes that encourage us to experience the fluidity of forms and to flee the premeditated.
Gab More is a painter and multidisciplinary artist interested in studying the aesthetic, iconographic and sociological influences that contemporary post-internet culture exerts on its perception of the human condition. Through his creative process, More crosses the line between the digital and the tangible, back and forth, until the resulting works find themselves in purgatory in between, no longer belonging to either.
Californian Maxwell McMaster synthesizes the atmosphere of the Los Angeles sunset with his minimalist canvases. His works often feature a pastel palette and simplified forms, capturing California’s golden hour in dreamy tranquility. McMaster’s canvases create an atmosphere free from the congested traffic and pollution of Los Angeles. Instead, he emphasizes the beauty of the city’s nature, often drawing inspiration from it. Using his airbrush technique, he creates highly rendered images with soft texture that reflect his perspective of the city, transforming conventional cityscapes into a calming utopia. In her recent works, McMaster also explores the possibilities of other visual languages through ceramics. Her handmade ceramics are a reaction to her surroundings and past experiences while maintaining her signature atmospheric and dreamlike vibe.
Natan Heber’s paintings are poetic and often metaphorical, sparking the imagination between audience and artist by objectifying emotions and exploring the duality that develops through different interpretations. His paintings respond directly to the environment around him and he uses everyday experiences as a starting point. These are often framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, he wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or sets that generate conceptual images that leave traces and balances at the limit of recognition and alienation. His works never show the complete structure, which gives the artist the freedom to easily imagine his own interpretation without being hampered by historical reality.
Paul Hunter Speagle
Drawing inspiration from life, love and religion, Paul Hunter Speagle creates expressive and colorful works that reflect his passions and beliefs. Speagle’s canvases are filled with intense coloring that accentuates a tension of omnipresence, evoking the urban and rural environments of the United States while experimenting with internal painterly dynamics around light, brushwork and compositions. Much of his work draws inspiration from symbolic motifs, Native American totems, foreign folk art, ancient mythologies, and biblical stories, commenting on the transcendence of time and the issue of human mortality with his unique, painterly style.
Qin Tan is a painter and video artist based in New Jersey, USA. Tan’s pieces explore the symbiotic nature of science and mythology – the intersection of natural and virtual phenomena. Although she is trained as a traditional painter, her explorations have flourished in different methods of expression, including experimental video storytelling, sculpture and installation. These works reflect his introspective and contemplative ideas on the human condition since modernity, like notes left by an observer who has witnessed the development of scientific tools and the creation of virtual landscapes.
About JPS Gallery
Established in Hong Kong (2014) and Tokyo (2018), JPS Gallery is an independent contemporary art gallery showcasing works by emerging and established artists from around the world. In the fall of 2022, JPS will create two new gallery spaces in Paris and Barcelona.
The gallery was founded with a passionate spirit that is dedicated to the new digital age and the exploration of fine art and pop culture. We aim to create an innovative environment for a new generation of artists and collectors, fostering a creative space for all. We focus on contemporary works from the era that span different mediums and disciplines, presenting a discerning selection of works that embody the aesthetics of today.
We are committed to supporting the cultural and arts scene in Hong Kong and Japan, creating a vibrant local arts community. The gallery regularly showcases works by emerging artists in our galleries in Hong Kong and Tokyo as well as international art fairs, giving them a platform to gain global exposure and help young artists launch their careers. JPS has also been an active contributor to society and the local art scene by sponsoring various charity events and auctions.
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