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.

Just how talented is Louie Talents?….Well, he converted this septic tank into the perfect area for relaxation and entertainment!….
….and turned water tanks into a creative masterpiece!
This art installation (circa 2015) features thousands of toy soldiers and is a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Mamasapano Massacre.

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.

The photo and dedication Louie's mom gave to his dad. Take note of young Louie's drawing.
The photo and dedication Louie’s mom gave to his dad. Take note of young Louie’s drawing.

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.”

-Louie

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:

Working on the Visual Diary
Working on the Visual Diary
Louie at work in Studio 29 (CDO)
Louie at work in Studio 29 (CDO)
Louie at work
Louie at work in Paris

More photos:

Visual Diary Black Series
Visual Diary Black Series – Inspired by his experiences in Tokyo.
An intricate and interesting visual diary (White Series)
An intricate and interesting visual diary (White Series) – inspired by his experiences while traveling all over Kyoto.
Visual Diary Red Series
Visual Diary Red Series – Inspired by his short stay in Osaka, where he spent most of his time on the train.
One of the inspirations for the Visual Diary - White Series
One of the inspirations for the Visual Diary – White Series
Louie in Tokyo, Japan....where he found inspiration for his Red Visual Diary Series
Louie in Tokyo, Japan….where he found inspiration for his Visual Diary – Red Series

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.

Louie and Morgane
Louie and Morgane wait for the guests to arrive.
The first batch of guests arrived at 6pm
The first batch of guests arrived at 6pm.
Louie Talents chopsticks
Louie also created big chopsticks designed with juxtaposed geometrical and gestural animal forms. He then added dots to represent pointillism.
An exhibit guest contemplating on the story of Louie's Visual Diary - Red Series
An exhibit guest contemplating on the story of Louie’s Visual Diary – Red Series
Guests find Louie's Black Series interesting
Guests find Louie’s Black Series interesting.
These lady guests definitely understand Louie's visual storytelling.
These lady guests definitely understand Louie’s visual storytelling.
Louie with special guests Philippine Embassy in Paris First Secretary and Consul Ms. Christina Gracia Rola McKernan and Ms. Emmylou Felimer, Third Secretary and Consul of the Philippine Embassy in Paris.
Louie, with special guests Philippine Embassy in Paris First Secretary and Consul Ms. Christina Gracia Rola McKernan, and Ms. Emmylou Felimer, Third Secretary and Consul of the Philippine Embassy in Paris.
More guests arrived later in the evening
More guests arrived later in the evening.

Congratulations, Louie! You make your fellow Kagay-anons proud!

 

Follow Louie on –

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/louie.talents

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/louietalents/

You can also check out his website:

www.louietalents.com

 

 

(Photos provided by Louie Talents. Used with permission.)

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