Meets Rob Pruitt

05 December 2011, 18:21

Michael Andrew Law talked to Rob Pruitt.

 

Rob Pruitt blends a Pop sensibility with witty critiques of the art world. For his Art Awards (2009 and 2010), one of his more conceptual projects, Pruitt presented awards at the Guggenheim Museum in the manner of the Academy Awards;  101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself (2001) was a set of DIY ideas for art making, like "make a leaf out of paper and tape it to a tree" or "sell a collector a key to your house." In 2011, Pruitt made The Andy Monument, a ten-foot-tall silver statue of Andy Warhol presented as a public artwork in New York's Union Square.


American, b. 1964, Washington, D.C., based in New York, New York

 

ABOUT MICHAEL ANDREW LAW
Michael Andrew Law (born in British Hong Kong, 1982) creates what renowned art dealer Douwe Cramer calls, hyper pop surrealist paintings. Law's works capture the essence of youth while maintaining a lasting value that appeals to collectors. Indeed, they are appreciated and collected by many Asian notables. The works showcase technical skill and well defined methods. They include classical compositional framing constructs applied to abstract concepts. The technique is visibly evident. In some cases, the pieces are near photorealistic. Law wields his rendering mastery in ways that would intrigue even the old masters.

Taken as a whole, Law's body of work is significant in many ways. First, it pushes the notion of figurative art into our contemporary age. Yes, the body is a central focus in many of his works. Law applies his traditional anatomical training in the physical representations, but also updates our notions of the body with consideration to gender and identity. He instigates traditionalists with his use of digital tools applied in combination with traditional methods.

The philosophy and symbolism behind the works are quite personal. Law's lived experience during the tumultuous period of Hong Kong's hand over to China becomes embedded into his art practice. The paintings are a visual artifact of that journey. Surrealist influences can be seen in his use of handwritten text in combination with female figures. The repetition of calligraphy text is descriptive, typographic, and indicative of the artist as individual. Law successfully merges his Eastern and Western influences through a meshing of symbols and signification. There is a commitment to tradition and lineage, as well as a dedication to all things new.

Law has studied painting with Sam Tsang of the Central Academy of Art in Beijing and with New York native Dan Anderson at his Hong Kong studio. He has also studied film production with Roger Corman. Law has earned illustrious regard as the designer of many cover spreads for the press in Hong Kong and beyond. He has worked as a professional comic artist, illustrator and film producer, but left commercial work to focus on his fine art practice. Law has exhibited at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in The Avenue of Stars, earning him the greatest regard in his home base and abroad.

Law is co-founder of the Hong Kong Art Studio Nature Art Workshop. The organization functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of emerging Hong Konger artists in addition to producing and marketing Law's related work. As a curator, Law has organized an exhibition of contemporary art that shares a range of responses to HongKong's Gen Y pop culture. At this point, Law has created over 8,000 works. There are three dozen popular artist books published of Law's pieces. He has also written essays on contemporary art and films. The artist lives and works in Central District, Hong Kong.

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Pale Hair Girls 這個繪畫為中心的i-EgoismTM「自我主義系列」是michael andrew Law最得意之 作,製作歷時超過八年花了大約四佰萬港元 ,作品包括一千五百多件油畫 ,漫畫 ,照片和視頻,亦是Michael Andrew Law驗証觀點的一個系列,Pale Hair Girls系列中希望傳達 (Dialogue)和說的故事就是:


  1. 相信香港本身的非原著就是香港原著要素和香港的藝術特色,亦不是在某 種技法上下功夫,而是下功夫於心態和取材。
  2. 由前者(香港特色的心態和取材)啟發而發生在香港的Michael Andrew Law和發生在他之中的藝 術,亦即是Law提出的 i-Egoism,
  3. 創作是沒有界限可言,包括響往把「身份,民族血統」模糊化,然後「原著化」 ,骨子裏強調「對西方之響往,卻又因為西方始終又不完全地收納這些人,以 致仍保留了那麼一點點又好像重要的漢式堅持」,就是應用及考證i-Egoism 心態形成的前設
  4. 所有原創也是由否定為始,再以新思想的開端為結,那種相信無限的可能性 正是西方現代藝術提倡的重點思想,亦是中國藉移居香港的人響往的思想;
只要辦妥把新思想翻譯到媒體上,即在畫布之前,Pale Hair Girls 的故事和響往自由花 花世界(既響往西方自由但亦虛偽地響往物質的想法)的idea 就是無形的,但大家也是 明白,而透過顏料,畫布,技法,構圖的組合,那種不是太敏感這個故事和idea 的無形 感就可以翻譯成有形的語言,用型狀,顏色把IDEA 去分拆,去解讀,也會令每一位獨立 的觀有新的獨立個別的思考,這就是實行式繪畫最可愛的地方;也不單是顏料的痕 跡,對他來說也是歲月的痕跡;就希望以Pale Hair Girls這一輯以i-Egoism 形式發表的 繪畫把GenY 或八十後 HongKonger 眼睛之後的故事記錄,顏料的痕跡就像詩人用字 的痕跡寫下來,在當代美術的洪流中留下Michael Andrew Law的記號。
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