Kohler Bold Art Asia Exhibit – The Gallery at Greenbelt 5 Makati, Philippines
Last 18 May 2016 at The Gallery at Greenbelt 5, Kohler Co. launched the Kohler Bold. Art. Asia Exhibit in Manila, unveiling unique artworks from talented Southeast Asian artists from the Bold. Art. Program.
Kohler Co. has been leading the way in style and innovation, and improving the lives of its customers with exceptional products and services since its foundation in 1873. With a strong support for the arts, Kohler is continuing to expand its involvement in the art scene by establishing Bold. Art. Asia—a platform to promote the artworks of established and aspiring artists.
As part of the opening ceremony, Angel Yang, Vice President and General Manager of Kitchen & Bath Southeast Asia and Australasia, officially welcomed the guests, inviting them to peruse and look at the masterpieces created by the artists. Throughout history, Kohler has manifested its dedication and appreciation for culture as seen in the exhibition, further cultivating and strengthening its relationship with the arts.
Ms. Angel Yang, together with Hadrian Mendoza, Kohler Co. Philippines representative and artist, Mr. Peter Oesch, Kitchen and Bath Asia Pacific’s Director for Marketing Communications, and Mr. Adam Quek, shared a toast, honoring and saluting to the expansion of Kohler’s love and appreciation for the arts.
Following the symbolic toast, the Art Muses unveiled all twelve artworks and installations from the six artists hailing from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
The Process 1 by Dr. Ahadiat Joedawinata
The Process 2 by Dr. Ahadiat Joedawinata
With this artwork, I aim to reflect my view of natural ecological phenomena. Water is one of several ecological elements which are important for human beings and all living beings on earth. I developed a basic form of a drop of water with a glace color and texture to build an image of clear water with various mineral contents. I have arranged the six stoneware elements stacked within a metal structure.
Janus Past/Present by James Seet
Traditions and cultures have their roots in my past. This sculptural piece is faceted and each facet represents a glimpse into the past and these pasts form the face of Janus. The patchwork are all interwoven into a unique tapestry, a multi-dimensional way that shapes my present. My past has shaped who I am today.
Take a moment to contemplate on your past.
Janus Present/Future by James Seet
Are we so used to the finite that we cannot see the infinite? We can’t grab hold of infinity but perhaps we can enable it. Thus we can see beyond tradition and its existence in a modern contextual future. Today is tomorrow’s history but tomorrow starts today. Thus, to live in the now we must allow our minds to live beyond.
Take a moment to mind your future.
The Shower Experience by Thomas Cheong
The traces of the human touch are diminishing with the emergence of yet another new invention. By using primitive forming and firing techniques, I hope to communicate through the representation of these objects, a sense of nostalgia and curiosity for how these artifacts were made and not to take the technology we have for granted.
Time Artifacts by Thomas Cheong
The modern day shower experience was definitely inspired by nature, by the rain and the waterfalls, and for centuries, humans have tried to recreate this experience by pouring jugs of water over their heads.
The objects in this installation resemble the form of a modern day showerhead. You are welcome to interact and play with it. The form is simple and raw, and I hope that this tactile experience will reconnect you to its humble beginnings with nature and perhaps it will bring back fond memories of what your bathing experience was like growing up.
World Dweller by Sudsiri Pui-Ock
The artist was inspired by the idea that there is more than the world that we live in, like heaven, hell etc. Feet are the symbols of the journey of our life to the future, to the unknown places. She then deconstructed and also reconstructed the classical shape and form of the feet of Buddha statues by adding the drawing of the continents, including Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and the Americas, because ultimately this is the only world that matters to us. The way we live in this world determines our future.
Worldly Wisdom by Sudsiri Pui-Ock
The artist was inspired by traditional hand gestures of Buddha statues that convey the ultimate message of Love, Compassion and Wisdom. Sometimes, when people look at the Buddha statue, many feel that they are too far removed from such pure and ideal state of love, compassion and wisdom, and that such states could hardly exist within the imperfections like human beings. Therefore, the artist combined the modern hand language of ‘I love you’ with traditional hand gestures to show that we, human beings, do exist because of love. The ultimate love exists within our self and it will continue to grow in the future.
The Tree by Nguyen Ngoc Lam
Different carving and sculptural techniques are used to create the tree from metal. The art piece is shaped from a clay mold. A negative plaster mold defines the positions for the metal sticks.
Using a welding technique to join the sticks to the tree trunk, the artist created this sculpture to explore the arising of a tree or human being as the bridge connecting the sky with the earth, and connecting the two poles of Ying and Yang.
The Seeds by Nguyen Ngoc Lam
Brass treated through high temperature burning is poured into a mixed clay and chaff mold. Using the technique of heating brass at a high temperature and manual carving after a cooling process, the artist created this sculpture in his own artistic language to express the symbol of origins and the transformation toward the future of humankind.
Time by Hadrian Mendoza
As time runs out, we must make drastic changes to save the environment. The damage on the heads represents the adverse effects of floods and droughts on the earth and livelihood of farmers. Despite these conditions, they still have a look of hope in their eyes.
Manunggul by Hadrian Mendoza
In Philippine history, the “Manunggul” burial jar carried the deceased’s belongings into the next life. My rendition has an empty ring in the center which holds no material goods. In the next life, we take nothing but the good deeds we have done while on Earth.
With its artistic roots running deep, Kohler Co. has been blessed with a rich history, and the company is awaiting continued success and global growth as it is looking into partnering with more creatives to make art closer and more accessible to the public.