Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York
Ethan Cohen Gallery is pleased to present three artists with different cultural backgrounds unified through expressionism, action painting and the joy of the creative process. Expression is defined as the action of making known one’s thoughts or feelings. This description can also serve as an elegant definition of art as a whole. We love art because through it we feel connected to others. We share emotions, humor, and pain with people we have never even met, from unknown places and with different linguistic constructs. Art, and expressionism in particular, acts as a common denominator of our inner selves, which is especially crucial during the times of massive ideological despair.
1959 born in Sichuan, China
Occupying the aesthetic confluence between traditional Chinese ink painting and Western abstract expressionism, Lan Zhenghui’s work reinvents both. He lets the ink follow and discover its own momentum in bold, kinetic strokes. He has liberated ink from being determined by form. But the spirit of Chinese landscapes linger like ghosts in the canvas. They permeate both the process – the brushstrokes, the vectoring – and the resulting shapes. Mountains, rivers, storms, and even figures surge and evaporate subliminally, seamlessly weaving together a sense of continuity and abruptness.
1983 born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Aboudia's multi-layered paintings offer a simultaneity of images and meanings that conduct a continuous discourse with each other and with the viewer. In any glance the eye takes in one or other layer which is soon overcome by the next. We are aware of thevivid, brutal pageant of contemporary Africa weaving before us like a fabric ofconsciousness -soldiers, skulls, African fetishes, flashes of street life - expressed with anaïf vitality. The surfaces deploy fragments, cuttings, from bits of comic strips, magazine ads, newspaper images, set into the paintings' overall compositions so as to suggest current events cohering through the imagination into a troubled and troubling vision. In the end though, the artist's gift of cohesion transforms chaos into vitality, painful events to esthetic redemption, so one is able to see the whole as a changeable tide forever renewing hope.
1932 born in Tokyo, Japan
Ushio Shinohara exemplifies the radicalism of Japan’s post-war era. A leading Pop and performance artist, he co-founded the Neo Dadaism Organizers Group, one of the most avant-garde collectives in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Shinohara is a pioneer in performance boxing painting. In 1960, in front of an audience including Nobel Laureate Oe Kenzaburo, Shinohara sported a mohawk and stripped to the waist, cut his white t-shirt, wrapped his hands to form makeshift boxing gloves, dipped them in paint and went on to hit the paper on the studio walls. Shinohara’s selected exhibitions include “The World Goes Pop” at the Tate Modern, curated by Reiko Tomii, and “Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde” at The Museum of Modern Art. His work has been widely exhibited internationally at institutions including the Centre Pompidou, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul, The Guggenheim Museum SoHo, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and others.