紐約國際交流計畫─COPE NYC薦送藝術家聯展《天地萬物生生相息》 Curated by Vida Sabbaghi
時間 Date2019-08-23 ~ 2019-09-29
地點 Venue蕭壠文化園區A1館 A1 Gallery, Siao-Long Cultural Park
Artist: Michela Martello, Shigeru Oyatani
Curated by Vida Sabbaghi
開幕Opening: Fri 23 August, 10:00
A1 Gallery, Siao-Long Cultural Park
2019 COPE NYC薦送藝術家
Everything Has a Vortex
Curated by Vida Sabbaghi
2019 COPE NYC Exchange Program
Italian artist, Michela Martello, and Japanese artist, Shigeru Oyatani, inspired by their common study of Tibetan Buddhism, are recreating the Mandala of the Vajra Dance at the museum in Saio-Long Cultural Park. Both artists express spiritual research in their creative work by adding personal pictorial symbolism integrated with the folkloric and contemporary culture of Taiwan, specifically the Jiali district.
A Mandala represents a symbolic way to link different traditions and cultures beyond barriers of time or education. This Mandala project will reflect on the idea of one’s inner balance in harmony with an external balance. Everything starts from a center, like a vortex that begins when the inner self is connected through the movement of body and mind.
Shigeru and Michela will paint a mandala on the floor of the gallery. Different colors will represent the 5 elements of existence: fire, water, air, earth, and space. The artists want to integrate these elements of the mandala with their creative work. Recreating the Mandala of the Vajra Dance will offer visitors the opportunity to participate in a dance called the Dance of the 6 Spaces. The artists will demonstrate the dance in which all participants can benefit without necessarily knowing or practicing Tibetan Buddhism. It is said that contact with this dance can open the path to samsaric liberation.
The earth itself is a huge mandala where each part is a manifestation of reality, external and internal to ourselves. As residents of this earth, we should be aware that we are a part of the earth’s matter that cannot be divided from the whole.
Michaela Martello’s humanistic and accessible works are characterized by her use of symbolism. She brings together the traditional and contemporary influences of a variety of techniques, media, themes, and cultures, to create art that achieves a universal language of aesthetics, merging centuries and crossing cultural bounds. Born in Grosseto, Italy, she studied illustration at the Instituto Europeo di Design, and published works in over 30 books. She moved to New York and shifted her focus to painting.
Shigeru Oyatani is an artist and a teacher. His works touch on Eastern and Western traditions. His use of color, composition, form, and subject matter are a blending of his natural inclination to integrate cultures and their visual vocabulary. Since 2016, he has also enjoyed teaching art to people with (dis)abilities.
Special thanks: Antique objects displayed in the exhibition are provided by and credited to Heritage Architectural Materials Vault.