Aberrant Decoding

DATE: 2018.08.31 - 2018.09.09
ARTIST: Group Exhibition

Filippo Cardella、Nathan zhou、Zeit、Eksas

Tabula Rasa Gallery successfully presented a group exhibition: Aberrant Decoding on September 1, 2018. Participated artists are EXAS, Filippo Cardella, Nathan Zhou, and ZEIT. The exhibition continued until September 9, 2018.

The title of the exhibition Aberrant Decoding is taken from a semiotic category that describes the different levels of misinterpretation of a message by the receiver. A concealed deciphering may be a completely failed communication, but may also evoke new terms and new visual features. The artists attempt to grasp the futuristic visual language through graffiti, which was born between subcultures and underground movements, it leads to the extension of people's awareness of ideology and culture.

When the public encounters graffiti, graffiti does not directly talk to the public. It turns into a code that needs to be deciphered, and becomes an opportunity to free artists and audiences from the structural limits of the language. Tools Filippo creates for studying today's habitats, Nathan Zhou's intuitive painting language, ZEIT's unique Chinese creation system, and the repeatability of certain specific visual elements in EXAS's works all show their attitude towards urban art. Based on their consensus on art in the city, the exhibition is now a brand-new sequence, and hopefully it will be a recreation.

As an art movement, graffiti has kept developing over the past 50 years. During this period, it has formed a more complete intertextuality with other subcultures, and mystery has always been the core of graffiti. Based on the creative thinking formed by the viewer after seeing the whole production process, the information behind the work is insightful. This exhibition restores this process, the exhibition hall is arranged as a palace with dense symbols, the central wall was knocked down, and recombined as an incarnation of the secret passage.

On the opening day, these mysterious artists will continue their creation of graffiti in the venue, audiences are welcomed to guess artists' other identities in the urban graffiti. We are not only laying out various motion sensing games all around the hall, but also inviting DJs to do live performances, we wish all audiences to enjoy the art, music and game on a perfect weekend evening.

Filippo Cardella (b. 1984)

Filippo Cardella is an Italian artist and designer based in Beijing. His artworks are mainly concerned about the complex social behaviors and power dynamics within the rigid grid of the urban landscape. Filippo portrays the endemic population of the city: He documents, disrupts and alters their symbols, their behavior and their languages in order to create new tools to analyze our contemporary habitat. The mega-cities of China and their unabated life are an endless source of inspiration. His canvases and murals are filled with saturated colors, abstract shapes and figurative subjects that merge together like images flashing on a screen. Design and art, popular and academic culture, present and past are mixed in a surreal collage of our society.

ZEIT (b.1992)

graduated with a master degree of Art at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, ZEIT's street creations include Chinese mural art and installation art. Through the experience of learning traditional calligraphy structures and western calligraphy fonts, he concluded a set of his own Chinese creation system, which was left in the form of spray paints in the streets and lanes. These exaggeration and enlargement of text strokes are repeated and directly written. He integrated symbolic texts into daily life,and through the recombination of ready-made objects in space, showing individual’s fragmented memories of a city.

EXAS (b.1989)deeply influenced by contemporary urban art, his creative techniques are simple but precise, and he is good at using the unique languages from various media to express his emotions. In his work, people are able to see many repetitive content, which are intended to deepen the visitors' sensory experience by repeating certain specific visual elements. His works are often closely related to the urban culture he experienced during his grown-up years. By recreating those iconic elements of music, movies, animations, toys and daily supplies from 1980s and 1990s, he hopes to arouse viewers' resonance of the past and present, then proceeds to evoke our thoughts of future urbanization and globalization.

Nathan Zhou (b.1980)

Dongguan, Guangdong, China. He majored in English and loves to paint in his spare time. He worked as a translator, cocktail mixer, staffed at Made In Gallery as well as the magazine Art World. Nathan Zhou's full-time professional art career began in 2014. Known for his changeful colors and strong contrast, he likes to layer imageries from his everyday hobbies on the canvas. These include music, films, soccer, and arcade games. His instinctive methodology points to his life experiences, creating a forceful space for the imagination.