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Japan and Spain Discuss Chaos and Order

September 22nd, 2014

News from Berlin – The concepts of ‘chaos’ and ‘order’ will be carefully examined in the Vesselroom Project open art space, where the ‘Entangled’ exhibition takes place in Berlin. The exhibition is a collaboration between Yotaro Niwa from Japan and Joan Saló from Spain which analyzes the interdependence between these two concepts. Berliners can attend the presentation on September 20th at 7pm. 

What is harmony? This is the question that emerges upon contemplation of their work. This project emerged from the friendship between the two artists. Although they work in very different milieus, they are connected in a deeper way, searching for transcendence. Despite the cultural differences, Saló and Niwa seek to find harmony through chaos. Their work is based on the materials overlapping to create a tabula rasa. According to Cristina Moreno García, one of the organizers, they are looking for “a place which reflects and re-examines our surroundings, searching for the Sublime”. They create structures which aim to assess the essence of harmony. As a result, their work is often so exuberant that it erases monotony. In the superposition of layers, they find a way to stabilize their turmoil.

Yotaro Niwa gets inspiration from his relationship with the environment and his unique imagination. Therefore, he uses everyday objects often taken from his surroundings. The Japanese artist focuses on several media forms: from sculpture to drawing, installation to photography. His work attempts to confound the viewer’s expectations. Meanwhile, Joan Saló seeks to fuse Eastern mysticism and Western traditions. He wants to give freedom to the viewer, who is free to follow his own interpretative path in his contemplative experience. Nevertheless, the goal of Entangled is not to make a comparison between these two cultures, but to compare different artistic practices. Both artists have lived in Berlin for a while, and they talk about how they have been influenced by their countries of origin and the international community within which they are immersed in Berlin.

The Spanish Embassy echoed this exhibition which plays with the dynamism of the artistic proposal of the two artists. For the people in the Vesselroom Project, cultural exchange is very important. They are settled in Kottbusser Tor, the transnational center of Berlin. Cristina Moreno states that this place is changing very quickly from a place marked by social conflict to a place full of cultural life, galleries and bars.

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