涅普頓畫廊很榮幸在入冬之時，以展題《大海 La Mer》為名，邀請多位台日當代藝術創作者，在逐步緩向歲末寒冬之際，透過日本雕刻與日本畫的共譜，用藝術溫暖您的日常。展期為11月18日（星期六）至12月24日（星期日），我們誠摯邀請您的蒞臨。
展題『大海』《La Mer》的靈感，取自法國印象派作曲家克洛德·德布西（Achille-Claude Debussy）於1903年至1905年間創作的管弦樂作品《大海，三幅管弦樂交響素描》（法語：La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre ），且根據德布西本人的心願，1905年出版的《大海》首版總譜封面的設計，使用了日本浮世繪畫家葛飾北齋的《富岳三十六景》中的《神奈川沖浪裏》左半巨浪局部，可見十九至二十世紀初，日本主義（Japonisme）對當時歐洲藝術圈的影響，從建築、音樂、舞蹈、文學、詩篇而至繪畫的無遠弗屆，開啟了西方藝術的顛覆革新。台日藝術的淵源有著長久而良遠的歷史羈絆，自日治時期的學術養成到當代的多元文化，建築、繪畫、音樂、雕刻、動漫等處處可見日本藝術對台灣文化幾近根源的脈絡。
Neptune Gallery is honored to present the exhibition titled “La Mer” during the onset of winter. We invite several contemporary artists from Taiwan and Japan to collaborate on this exhibition, creating a fusion of Japanese carving and painting to bring warmth to your daily life as we gradually approach the cold winter months. The exhibition will run from November 18 (Sat.) to December 24 (Sun.), and we sincerely invite you to attend.
The inspiration for the exhibition, “La Mer,” is derived from the orchestral composition “La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre” (French for “The Sea, Three Symphonic Sketches for Orchestra”) by the French Impressionist composer Achille-Claude Debussy, created between 1903 and 1905. According to Debussy’s own wishes, the design of the cover for the first edition score of “La Mer,” published in 1905, features a partial image of the left half of the giant wave from Katsushika Hokusai’s “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji,” specifically the “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” This highlights the influence of Japonisme on the European art scene from the late 19th to the early 20th century, permeating architecture, music, dance, literature, poetry, and painting, catalyzing a revolutionary transformation in Western art. The historical ties between Taiwanese and Japanese art have deep roots, ranging from academic development during the Japanese colonial period to contemporary multicultural influences in architecture, painting, music, sculpture, and anime, showcasing the almost inherent connection of Japanese art to Taiwanese culture.
Adhering to its founding principles of speculative thinking, innovation, and exchange in contemporary art, Neptune Gallery has carefully selected seven representative contemporary Japanese painters for this exhibition. Led by the recipient of the Nikkei Japanese Painting Award, Reina Taniho, the artist employ a microscopic perspective to construct their worldview. With a fresh style acclaimed for its bold textures and vibrant colors, they break through traditional mineral pigment conventions, triggering the emotion of life emerging between abstraction and representation. Aiko Sakamoto captures the dynamic moments of living beings in nature from a three-dimensional perspective, creating an expansive scene with fluttering butterflies surrounding the protagonist, seeking the direction of the heart. While Rakusui KO and Nanami Shimoju both address the significant and classic theme of “bijin-ga” (beautiful women) in Japanese painting, they each bring their unique perspectives and cultural backgrounds, creating classical and fashionable styles in contemporary bijin-ga. Rakusui KO subtly integrates Chinese elements into Japanese aesthetics, embellishing scenes with symbols like pearls and camellias; Nanami SHIMOJU portrays the tender and loving emotions of modern women with a shy demeanor. Yi Shuan WU, with a solid artistic background in Taiwan and Japan, combines mineral pigments with familiar foil techniques, utilizing various methods such as photography and printmaking to explore and reflect on the value of subjects like flowers, grass, branches, leaves, light, and shadow. Similarly, Jui Wen TAN, with a cross-cultural background, is fascinated by the beauty frozen in a moment in time. His semi-descriptive scenes carry a myriad of thoughts, creating a hazy and blended momentary afterimage that reveals a subtle yet enduring glow.
Contemporary Japanese sculpture is at the heart of Neptune Gallery’s establishment, connecting Taiwanese and Japanese wood carving through the founder’s unique vision. This exhibition showcases the new works of nine contemporary Japanese sculptors. Ai HAIBARA excels at capturing fleeting moments of contemplation in daily life, recreating nostalgic memory scenes that resonate with the viewer’s emotions, making the transient eternal. Akiko TOJO depicts interactions between children and fantasy creatures, capturing the delicate and rich emotions in everyday life, creating a warm and healing atmosphere. Kei KAIYA, themed on “vitality,” combines animals with rising and extinguishing flames and smoke to represent the forms of the soul, conveying energy and spirit. Emi KATSUTA employs a distinctive style featuring women and red noses, showcasing a cute and fashionable large-eye style with bright and vibrant contemporary sensibilities. Using wood carving combined with fabric weaving and other multimedia applications, she expresses a vivid personal style. Hirokazu ICHII incorporates elements of wood carving and natural materials, emphasizing the close and inseparable connection between nature and humanity, creating intricate, harmonious, and transparent works. Hisanori KOJIMA specializes in vividly reproducing butterflies and moths through classical carving techniques, exploring the historical traces of their existence with a focus on natural conservation and restoration. Tatsuya MARUYAMA expresses subtle observations and imaginations of living beings, combining rich emotions with childhood innocence and nostalgic memories. Takashi AKIYAMA carves everyday trivia with an artistic touch, infusing interaction scenarios into common species with a charming seal-style technique. Takeshi MACHIYA reconstructs and reassembles forms and lines through deconstruction, creating a tribute to old objects and raising reflections on contemporary fast-paced culture, automation, and historical issues. Susumu AKO excels in using classical carving techniques to create contemporary symbolic elements in ready-made sculptures, combining traditional Japanese spirituality with a sophisticated spatial construction, engaging in a dialogue with space. Kumiko NEGAMI’s element of black humor is consistently present. A glimpse of a wry smile includes stimulating and ironic propositions about the sublimity of art, injecting topics and energetic thoughts into the sculpture, providing multiple dimensions for viewers.
We hope this exhibition, with its diverse array of artistic expressions, will provide a unique and enriching experience. Thank you for your attention, and we look forward to your visit.