Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Opening reception of Evolving Forms

On Evolving Forms

Chikako Nagayama

In subtle and playful ways, Harvey Chan’s and Yumi Onose’s works unwind our commonsense knowledge of reality. Their art presentations here are a series of ‘organic science fiction’, I would say. As much as their imageries resonate with our nostalgia for what has been lost, they speak to our desires for what is yet to be seen.

We are not only who we are. But also we are constant ‘becoming’. While my consciousness claims my continuous identity, my body’s cells pass on their lives to the next generation of cells in various cycles. We are born as humans, but human embryos appear to repeat a cycle of evolution process from fish to reptiles to mammals.

“Where am I heading, if I am ‘becoming’?,” you might ask. “Will I be the same, or will I be different?” Organic forms by Harvey and Yumi prompt the zero point of our ‘becoming’. Don’t worry - just stop and see. Forms are often more eloquent than words.

We are destined to change, therefore, made to be vulnerable. Thus our need to be interdependent with other beings. Love is the flip side of evolution, indeed.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Evolving Forms

Yumi's works in Evolving Forms
"Piro Piro" mask

"Bird"one of the collaboration with Harvey
Harvey's works in Evolving Formes
"Space Island #1"
"Space Island #2"
"Little Cosmo"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Harvey Chan & Yumi Onose's show

"Evolving Forms"
Harvey Chan & Yumi Onose
October 2 - October 14

October 4 (Thu) 7-10 pm
Performance by
Keiko Ninomiya 7:30pm

Two Toronto-based artists Harvey Chan and Yumi Onose collaborate on "Evolving Forms" - an exhibition which is highly imaginative and original. Both artists have their roots back to the Far East - Harvey from China (Hong Kong) and Yumi from Japan. Having lived in places near the ocean and cities that are full of urban myths, Manga and Anime cult, the work reveals such influences and provides a platform for dialogue, reflection and mergence of both artists' styles and interests. Cocoons, oceanic creatures, masks, hybrid fantastic characters, organic forms traveling in space. Flux between abstraction and representation. Harvey Chan and Yumi Onose shares their dreams and memories of the beauty and mystery they found in all the evolving forms in nature and their subconscious. Harvey Chan was born in Hong Kong, China. He has established himself as an illustrator since graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design. For many years, Harvey's diversified approach on commercial assignments is also greatly reflected on his personal work. Figurative work has always been a primary subject in his drawings, paintings and sculptures for a long time. in recent years, spiritual and natural forms has slowly emerged in his work and taking the central stage. Fantastical and hybrid forms are found in Harvey's most recent creations. Yumi Onose was born in Mito, Ibalaki, Japan. Her childhood being spent nearby the ocean keeps her heart close to the essence of the ever changing forms in nature. 'Tero Tero' - Yumi's self-invented half human-half fish creature perhaps symbolizes Yumi's sense of her relation to the time before her physical existing. Yumi's passion in traveling and learning lead to her study of painting, ceramics, and installation. Partly inspired by recent traveling across Canada, masks and Cocoons are among some of Yumi's sculptural work.

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