Neo-Decadent

The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete

Galleries – Singapore & Houston

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I’ve been going to several art shows in Singapore, which has allowed me to begin immersing myself in the art scene here. Although Singapore is known as a financial center, it has a very vibrant and growing art scene as well.  On my first week here, I went to a group show in TAKSU Gallery showcasing work by seven artists from the Philippines.

This week I went to Art Seasons Gallery and saw their new group show, which had some truly spectacular work by Asian artists.  There were two paintings by Jung Jae Ho capturing contemporary cityscapes with unexpected bursts of color. Lee Yong-Deok’s work played with perspective and I would place it in a category of sculptural paintings. As I walked through the space, his paintings would change perspective and “move”. Cao Jingping’s modern take on Chinese painting was detailed, monochromatic, and emotionally powerful. The first piece I saw as I walked into the gallery was Zheng Lu‘s stainless steel installation, Impression of Hongren’s Landscape. I also got to see the work of and meet Donna Ong – she’s an amazing person and artist, definitely check out her website!

For all the photos check out my main website please!

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Author: Heidi Celeghin

ARTIST’S STATEMENT The theories guiding my art practice are largely defined by my academic background in Decadence and Aestheticism. I am concerned with the status of the image: seductive, unknowable, dangerous, and immortal. The image exists in a liminal space between illusion and reality, lies and truths, life and death. As such, the image represents the sublime. Once created, the image exists beyond the artist – it grows independently from the artist and is constantly being recreated. On the one hand, it captures a single, exquisite moment in time and therefore holds the valence of stasis and death. On the other hand, the image’s perpetual recreation means that it captures the myriad of experiences Walter Pater discusses in the conclusion to The Renaissance and therefore, it holds the valence of metamorphosis and life. It is particularly fascinating when the distinction between Art and reality begin to fall apart. Is it Art that imitates life or life that imitates Art? Major Events and Public Projects: Houston Zoo, painting-for-conservation initiative (June 2011-present) Barcelona World Race, Team Neutrogena artist (December 2010-May 2011) Select Exhibitions: Singapore via INSTINC artist residency, solo exhibition (June 2012) Limb Design, Houston, Texas, group exhibition (April 2012) Jack Hanna Gala, Houston Zoo, solo exhibit (October 2011) Watson Gallery, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (October 2011) Norma R. Ory Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2011) Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas, Awty International Gala (2011) Willard Straight Art Gallery, group exhibit for Forword Literary Magazine (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2008) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2006) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2005) Art Fairs: Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong (2013) Affordable Art Fair, Singapore (2012) Affordable Art Fair, New York (2012)

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