CARNET SANS AGE : N°19 Japon*: A Contemporary Art Exhibit Featuring Kagay-anon Louie Talents
Louie Talents Solo Art Exhibit – Paris, France
I first met Louie Talents in 2015, when I interviewed and featured him on a website I used to work for. What I like most about this Kagay-anon artist is his unique artistry.
He likes to add an element of surprise in every artwork he does. He is constantly innovating and creating. Wherever he goes, he always finds something to interpret into art; he always finds inspiration. And this is evident in his latest project.
Louie’s visual diary artworks are currently on exhibit in Paris, where he is based with his wife, Morgane. This project is inspired by his experiences in places he has traveled to, specifically in Japan. It is a powerful visual storytelling that will leave you in awe, especially when you see the tiny details hidden in each piece. Every visual diary in this series has a meaning.
Here is an artist’s statement that will give you an idea of Louie’s goals and intentions.
“My new artworks are about transforming childhood gestural drawing into a visual diary. The visual diary appealed to me for a couple of reasons :
First, it has been my character to write and draw on the 19 countries I visited. The last country that made a personal impact on me was Japan.
Second, as I was designing my parents’ tombstone, I randomly saw an old photo of my mom with a love note on the back for my father. In the photo were my childhood drawings and I thought of revisiting these gestural childhood drawings.
Third, I wanted to draw attention to my recent travel to Japan – and my travel within to revisit my childhood.
This solo exhibition aims to communicate art as a reflective idea and as a way to revisit my childhood through synergy – the interaction and juxtaposition of a geometrical sketch and a free-hand gestural drawing (when I was a child). In this process, the general image is an overlapping of the two elements. The detailed drawings are images of my day reduced into patterns or simpler forms. The negative spaces were filled with writings from travel book guides, travel brochures, and my personal travel experience. It is written in French, Bisaya ( my mother tongue ), Tagalog ( the national language of the Filipino people ), English, and in Japanese characters from my trip.
My method combines pointillism and a childhood penchant for writing on the corner wall as a way to let time pass by whenever I am scolded and asked to stand in the corner in school.
Furthermore, exploring Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo for 26 days allowed me to contemplate on the concepts of simplicity and harmony. It opened a new compositional approach to the elements in my artwork.
« Carnet Sans Âge » is an outcome of the visual diary artworks exhibited herein. It is a reflection of both my travel in Japan and my travel within to revisit my childhood.”
Carnet Sans Âge, the exhibit title, is a French phrase that means “Diary Beyond Age”.
The exhibit in Paris runs until July 28, 2018. Visitors can view Louie’s extraordinary artworks at the Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery : 7 rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth.
Kagay-anons will soon have the honor of seeing these masterpieces up close as Louie also plans to mount a similar exhibit here in Cagayan de Oro in the near future. Louie is also going to bring his artworks to other parts of the world.
Here are some photos taken before the exhibit:
Likewise, here is a video showing Louie preparing for the exhibit:
The exhibit attracted people from different backgrounds and cultures, each one of them engrossed in the stories that Louie’s work depicted. Hopefully, he’ll be able to generate the same interest and crowd when he brings this exhibit here, in CDO.
Here’s a visual representation of what transpired during the opening last July 07.
Congratulations, Louie! You make your fellow Kagay-anons proud!
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(Photos provided by Louie Talents. Used with permission.)