Year by year people move on to the next year without pondering on the life they have lived in the previous year, blindly following footsteps of others. If life is merely a task of following program instructions, what distinguishes us from robots? Perhaps there could be a change when moving from 2008 to 2009; perhaps we could start reflecting on life and self, and then discover reality may not be what we perceive as. The world has too much to offer, so much that it blinds us from the real meaning behind daily encounters. Among the hustle and bustle, as well as sparkles and beauty, what is real life? The answer to this question lies in the seemingly insignificant daily objects in life: only by truly understanding and appreciating tiny details could one find the beauty and meaning behind these details, and thus, acquire a transparent viewpoint towards real life. Through his photorealistic painting of daily objects, Emil Herker, the world renowned Austrian artist, offers us countless angles to look at life, just like the countless reflections on crystals, glasses, metals, and so on. Emil’s latest painting series, ‘Reflections’, features a range of objects ranging from crystal to glass, all possessing a common quality of having numerous reflection surfaces. Through these reflections on different textures and juxtaposition of contrasting objects, Emil hopes to evoke questions and thoughts from the viewers, using their response to complete his paintings by adding meanings to them.
What is so fascinating about reflections that attracts Emil to paint them one after another? Reflections are always different, depending on texture, light, viewing angle, and many others. It is like a miniature of the globe, with different minds developing in different countries because of their own culture. Have you ever thought of what will happen when these opposite ends meet? Maybe it is like the many reflections on one single crystal, emitting magnificent light and sparkles. In this sense, Emil also tries to deliver a major philosophy behind his paintings that objects carry different symbolic meaning in various cultures. For instance, in his recent painting ‘The show must Go on’, Emil presents to us his viewpoint on ‘When East meets West’. The comic character Donald carries almost opposite symbolism in Eastern and Western culture, yet at the same time, these 2 cultures are simultaneously fascinated by each other, copying the culture of each other with all their might. Then how do we draw the line? What is true and real? These are questions about living that Emil hopes to stimulate by his photorealistic paintings.
To Emil, every painted object has a story behind. Yet he does not want to narrow people’s mind, therefore, he does not tell his story in the titles. By deliberately giving his paintings unrelated titles, Emil allows viewers to find their own connections with the paintings, depending on their own experience or imagination. Therefore, there is no definite interpretation for is works. Emil does not only deliver his philosophy, but invites viewers to think and then deliver their own.
By painting in photorealistic manner, Emil does not only hope to achieve a technical precision and copy reality. In fact, he aims to show what is hidden behind these objects, the symbolic meaning. To Emil, it is the thoughts and response generated after beholding his paintings that matter. Photorealistic quality may be eye-catching at the first sight, yet it is the thoughts afterwards that would make a difference in your mind. This artistic philosophy and mission of Emil’s have won the hearts of many across the globe, positioning him as a world renowned contemporary artist. His work ‘The lucky dog’ was collected by Swarovski, after looking at this painting that captures crystal’s most magnificent state and blends the cultures of Austrian crystal and Chinese Zodiac; while his recent painting ‘The portrait of a shoe’ was selected as a featured auction item in the Hong Kong Vienna Opera Ball 2008, further establishing him as a prominent painter representative of the Austrian quality.
State-of-the-Arts Gallery is very honored to present to you the ‘Reflections’ collection by the renowned Austrian painter Emil Herker. We hope that, through this highly collectable series of art works, viewers are able to open their eyes to a new scope of contemporary Austrian art, as well as a new way to look at daily life.
人總是在跟時間比賽，追趕歲月。匆匆揭開新一年的一頁，對於上一年所做的則草草了事，每天過著不問為什麼的機械式生活。從2008 年走到2009 年，讓我們抱一個新的態度認真地思考生活，或許會看到銅幣的另一面，發現真正的生活非我們所想，其實更具色彩。現今社會日新月異，五光十色，可是卻正是因為目不暇給，蒙蔽了人們雙眼，令他們看不到最原始的真實美。要透澈澄明去了解生活的本質，必先從最細微的小節開始欣賞和理解，更要從不同角度與層次找到切入點，多方面剖析生活。奧地利著名畫家艾米･克架，透過其彷真實相片風格的作品，讓觀賞者從新把自己定位，從多角度看日常生活，就好比萬物表面的無數折射點，向四方閃耀。是次藝術展覽以〈光影交錯〉為名，於畫布上展示了充滿立體感的水晶、玻璃和金屬等。通過不同物料所反射的不同效果，艾米希望能引導觀賞者去反思日常生活所遺忘的 — 那些既真實又微小的生活美。
折射在日常生活中是最平凡不過的現象，如何能觸發艾米對其之好奇心和無數表現方式呢？答案埋藏於光與影交纏折射的豐富多變。不同物件投射於不同表面所反映出的影象皆不同。於艾米眼中，就好比地球的縮影：不同文化在各地孕育著，反映出天南地北的文化淵源。當這些各地文化滙聚於一點，定能綻放出如艾米畫中所散發的光芒。同樣的物件，於不同的文化舞台上卻有著截然不同的意義。例如：於其近作〈五星於唐老鴨 The show must go on〉中艾米讓‘東’跟‘西’相遇在其畫布上，令觀賞者反思日常生活中物件所包含的文化意義，勾起更多不同的問題去思考。