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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Ahn Chang Hong

b. 1953, South Korea

Ahn Chang Hong, both in his own self and in his works, is a typical loner. Traces of wretchedness and splendour can be found alike in his paintings and the artist's obsessive interest in desertion and loneliness, alienation and anxiety, the bestiality of human character, fear and tragedy are displayed.

Through perverse and twisted portraits of himself and his family, Ahn has already expressed his fear of and distance from the torn-apart outside world. The fear that had made the eyes of the family members black and their mouths wide open might yet be drawing a dark shade over his soul.

This dark aspect of Ahn cannot wholly be admitted to his personal history or character. It is often interpreted that the shades in our historical life, especially our gloomy social consciousness, that carries a weight with them, are reflected in his works. His method of representation, however, is far from being true to circumstances. His inclination is more towards transforming reality into fables. In this transformation, Ahn gives a dashing display of the fundamental tragedy of human character, the never-to-be-healed distortion in human character. This is the very reason I believe Ahn Chang Hong is one artist whom we should cherish and remember.

Featured Artworks

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Sad Evaporation 2019-5 by Ahn Chang Hong contemporary artwork
Ahn Chang HongSad Evaporation 2019-5, 2019 Oil on canvas
38 x 38 cm
ARARIO GALLERY
Sad Evaporation 2019-14 by Ahn Chang Hong contemporary artwork
Ahn Chang HongSad Evaporation 2019-14, 2019 Oil on canvas
38 x 38 cm
ARARIO GALLERY
Sad Evaporation 2019-10 by Ahn Chang Hong contemporary artwork
Ahn Chang HongSad Evaporation 2019-10, 2019 Oil on canvas
38 x 38 cm
ARARIO GALLERY
Sad Evaporation 2019-9 by Ahn Chang Hong contemporary artwork
Ahn Chang HongSad Evaporation 2019-9, 2019 Oil on canvas
38 x 38 cm
ARARIO GALLERY
Sad Evaporation 2019-8 by Ahn Chang Hong contemporary artwork
Ahn Chang HongSad Evaporation 2019-8, 2019 Oil on canvas
38 x 38 cm
ARARIO GALLERY
Sad Evaporation 2019-7 by Ahn Chang Hong contemporary artwork
Ahn Chang HongSad Evaporation 2019-7, 2019 Oil on canvas
38 x 38 cm
ARARIO GALLERY
Sad Evaporation 2019-3 by Ahn Chang Hong contemporary artwork
Ahn Chang HongSad Evaporation 2019-3, 2019 Oil on canvas
38 x 38 cm
ARARIO GALLERY
Sad Evaporation 2019-2 by Ahn Chang Hong contemporary artwork
Ahn Chang HongSad Evaporation 2019-2, 2019 Oil on canvas
38 x 38 cm
ARARIO GALLERY

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ahn Chang Hong, Heart of the Artist 화가의 심장 at ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul
Closed
2 May–30 June 2019 Ahn Chang Hong Heart of the Artist 화가의 심장 ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul | Samcheong

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