• SOLO EXHIBITION AT THE BUND AND IN SYMBOLIC LOCATIONS IN SHANGHAI

    posted by Studio Phil Akashi on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

    In his sensitive and non-judgmental way, Phil Akashi lets himself be inspired and questioned by the popular notion of the Chinese Dream.

     

    The Chocolate Beauty series (Shanghai 2011-12) illustrates the artist's feelings of a spiritual encounter in the city of Chongqing in 2010. While he was intentionally getting lost in this gargantuan city, Phil Akashi met an anonymous Chongqing child greedily eating chocolate - a luxurious product his parents could not afford or did not even know existed ten years ago. Akashi found himself playing with the child for an afternoon. Six months later in his studio in Shanghai, the artist decided to dedicate a series to the child.

     

    One year later, to highlight the series, the artist set up pop up exhibitions in symbolic locations all around Shanghai. This way his work was presented to a local audience who unlikely would visit private or public exhibitions. During the month of October 2013, without any pre-approved authorization, the artist set up exhibitions at the Yuyuan Garden, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the China Art Museum, the Jing'an Sculpture Park and in several traditional shikumen neighborhoods currently being demolished. To complete the series, the artist presented his artworks at the historic Bund, one of the major locations in China symbolizing the Chinese Dream where everyday thousands of Chinese tourists gather.

     

     “I wanted to offer a different way of viewing and to add significance to my message. It was also a way to show my love for this fantastic city but also to respectfully tease a country where censorship and control are still sovereign.” Phil Akashi

     

    By revisiting the traditional use of Chinese seals, arranging seal imprints as if it was pixels and by mixing them with one of the most contemporary medium (aerosol spray), the artist both witnesses the impressive pace of change in nowadays China and creates his own and personal language to link East and West, tradition and modernity.

     

     




    Phil Akashi - Jing'an Sculpture Park, Shanghai 2013

    Phil Akashi - Jing'an Sculpture Park, Shanghai 2013


    Phil Akashi - The Bund, Shanghai 2013

    Phil Akashi - The Bund, Shanghai 2013



     
    Phil Akashi - Shikumen in demolition, Shanghai 2013
    Phil Akashi - Shikumen in demolition, Shanghai 2013




    Phil Akashi - Shikumen in demolition, Shanghai 2013
    Phil Akashi - Shikumen in demolition, Shanghai 2013

     


    Phil Akashi - Traditional lane, Shanghai 2013
    Phil Akashi - Traditional lane, Shanghai 2013 

    Phil Akashi - The Bund, Shanghai 2013

    Phil Akashi - The Bund, Shanghai 2013

      

    Phil Akashi - Shanghai 2013
    Phil Akashi - Shanghai 2013 

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