Mizuma, Kips & Wada Arts presents
Jean-Marie Haessle has been working in New York since 1967, and quickly emerged as a distinctive voice amid the cerebral formalism of the American Modernists. Haessle’s appreciation for Color Field composition found affective scaffolding in his full-bodied, lyrical approach to paint, melding romanticism with an expository rigor as yet untapped by his contemporaries. Never a slave to style, Haessle has explored the communicative possibilities of gesture in many iterations over the course of his career, from his ‘70’s geometric abstractions to the lush acrylic amalgams we encounter in his most recent work. Throughout the evolution of his practice, Haessle’s investment in constructing edgeless, emotional pastorals through mark-making has remained steadfast; his instinctive interventions, whether patterned or free-form, achieve harmony in agglomeration, creating thresholds through chromatically anchored deployments of frenzy. In turns meditative and defiant, Haessle’s iconic paintings are love letters to the medium itself, balancing the mythology of fine art with its spell-binding ability to box with the sublime.
Haessle was born in 1939 in Alsace, France. During an adolescent bout of illness, he discovered a book of paintings by Van Gogh, and resolved to become an artist. Following a stint in the military, he spent some time in Paris before moving to New York City, where he is still based today. Haessle has shown in high-profile venues all over the world, including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut, the Korea University Art Museum in Seoul, Korea,The Hillwood Art Museum in Long Isand, The Taiwan Museum in Taipei, Gallery Wada in Tokyo, Japan, the Busan Museum of Art in Korea, Gallerie Jade in Colmar, France, and Kips Gallery in New York City. His work has been profiled by critics Jonathan Goodman, Robert C. Morgan, David Shapiro and Bernard Zurcher.
Oscar Oiwa: After Midnight
2019.2.15-3.17 at Mizuma, Kips & Wada Art
For this exhibition in New York, Oiwa shows part of his recent production that consists of two large paintings, as well as two different work series.
The first large painting, “Memories storage” represents his various memories stored in the depths of his brain. Inside of a large warehouse, there are many containers from where invisible clouds of lights evaporate. The lights, an intangible element, represent Oiwa’s feelings, wishes and hopes.
The second large painting, “Path to the light” illustrates landscape in full of joyful colors, and the daylight shines at the end of a trail. Here, Oiwa represents the hope that makes us move forward to achieve the goals of life.
Earthscape is a recent series and it is something like a landscape seen from an airplane window. The starting point of this work was landscapes, which Oiwa had some relationship with. From the landscape, he subtracted the figurative character and add the emotional side, thus creating an almost abstract landscape. This work transforms real places into surreal places. In the largest space in the gallery, Oiwa “curated” himself a group of painting from different periods and united them for the same subject, that he calls “After Midnight”. This is a series of nocturnal paintings where dream, nightmare and reality co-exist at the same time.
This exhibition is supported by Consulate General of Brazil, NY
We are also delighted to announce Oiwa’s Immersive Installation Solo Exhibition, held in Cadillac House of New York.
Dates: March 1st- 30th, 2019
Address: Cadillac House, 330 Hudson Street, New York
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