玩遊世界 – 弗洛倫泰因 · 霍夫曼個展
展期｜2018年10月6日 (六) – 11月11日 (日)
開幕｜2018年10月6日 (六) 4-7 pm *藝術家將出席開幕
藝術家導覽｜2018年10月7日 (日) 2 pm
地點｜白石畫廊 · 台北 內湖空間 〈台北市內湖區基湖路1號1樓〉
白石畫廊很榮幸將於10月6日至11月11日帶來弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼（Florentijns Hofman，生於1977年，荷蘭）於台北的首次個展–《玩遊世界》，此展在白石畫廊香港H Queen’s空間展出後備受喜愛，更是霍夫曼首次與亞洲區畫廊的合作。《玩遊世界》的核心是將〈黃色小鴨〉和〈拖鞋猴〉等大型公共裝置帶入畫廊空間。由於每件雕塑都是為了世界某地而量身打造的，因此也象徵著將各地的元素帶入了同一空間。霍夫曼特別選擇陶瓷作為此系列的媒材，因為陶瓷帶有乾淨簡潔的線條以及細緻的光澤，更是亞洲地區重要的文化遺產之一。除此之外，更將展於香港首次發表的「線性」系列作品，以及此次將於台北展覽新發表的「玻璃眼」系列。借助這全新的創作，揭露霍夫曼在探索視覺規模的同時，從純粹的形狀和物料中發掘出的個人美學。
本展覽感謝荷蘭貿易暨投資辦事處的支持，以及Pickwick 荷蘭品味茶及荷蘭Merba 摩巴頂級餅乾的贊助。
Whitestone Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of the internationally renowned artist, Florentijn Hofman (Netherlands, 1977) from 6th October to 11th November. The exhibition, “Play Around the World”, was held in Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong this May, and was much loved by the public. This is also the first time Hofman has his works displayed in an Asian gallery space. Bringing Hofman’s international projects such as Rubber Duck and Flip Flop Monkey into a gallery space is the key idea of the “Play around the World” exhibition. By juxtaposing sculptures that were created for specific locations in the world, it brings elements from each of those places into the gallery space. Hofman specifically chose ceramic for the small-scale sculptures because it evokes the clean and pure shapes of the original works with a sophisticated sheen. Hosting his first gallery exhibition in Asia was also a consideration, as ceramics are an important part of the cultural heritage of the region. This exihibition also displays his recent ‘Line’ and ‘Glass Eyes’ series, with the ‘Line’ series debuted in Hong Kong, our Taipei exhibition will also surprise the public with the newest ‘Glass Eyes’ series. This fresh body of work reveals how Hofman discovers the beauty from pure shapes and materials while exploring the ideas of scale and perspective.
Since its debut in 2007, Hofman’s Rubber Duck has literally traveled around the world, from France to Brazil, Japan, New Zealand and Hong Kong, among other stops. In 2013, Rubber Duck also visited major cities in Taiwan, namely Kaohsiung, Taoyuan and Keelung with more than 6 million people in attendance. Rubber Duck, which presents a common object rendered in an unusual size floating in the harbours of international cities, has drawn a lot of public attention. Hofman believes his over-sized sculptures in public places allow people to easily access art and experience familiar and positive emotions from their childhood regardless of their nationality or religion.
In addition, a number of brand new works from the recent ‘Line’ and ‘Glass Eyes’ series will be on view. The artist created these minimalistic ‘Line’ works that depict animals, to explore the essence and beauty of form and shape. Hofman intentionally selected endangered animals as the subject matter and created the shapes much larger than life size to emphasize the humbling force of nature. The enlarged ‘Glass Eyes,’ made in Czech Republic, can reflect Hofman’s large scale animals’ soul as well as your own. The idea came from the two big cat and dog creation named ‘PETS’, specifically created for the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. For this place that welcomed everyone home, he placed two furry pet animals with shiny big eyes that remind you of your pets waiting at home, thus giving you that feeling of relaxation once you step foot inside your door. Just like ‘Line’ works, isolating a certain element, emphasizes and enhances Hofman’s constant pursue for a simplified and purified aesthetic experience.
Similar to Hofman’s public installation sculptures, his gallery exhibition — “Play around the World” is an inviting exhibition that encourages audiences to interact with the artworks. Artist will be present at the opening at 4 pm, 6th of October (Sat.), and will also give a public guided tour at 2 pm on 7th October (Sun.). Along with the exhibition, we welcome everyone to come and participate in a co-creative activity with Hofman, putting all kinds of wonderful colors on our Mini Hippopothames.
Special thanks to the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office for their support, and the sponsorship of Pickwick and Merba Premium Cookies.
Title｜Play Around the World : Florentijn Hofman solo exhibition
Date｜6th October- 11th November, 2018
Opening｜6th October, 2018 4:00-7:00 pm *Artist will be present
Guided Tour｜7th October, 2018 2:00 pm
Venue｜Whitestone Gallery Taipei Neihu : 1/F, No.1, Jihu Road, Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan
【During the exhibition, we welcome everyone to come over and put wonderful colors on our Mini Hippopothames】