Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Eugene Hön .... 'and the ship sails on'

Dragon in Hön's Ceramic Installation with projected animation
Photo Credit: Jan the UJ photographer 

After reading a post on Neofundi about Artist Eugene Hön's solo exhibition at Melrose Arch, I was Q-rious to witness the Art first-hand ...

The Exhibition included Ceramics, Jewellery, Drawings, Artists Books and Projections, and is located at the Elegence Jewellers Store (which is a Highly Sophisticated and Upmarket Store; if you haven't been there yet ... go take a look!)

A Bit of About Eugene Hön:

Eugene Hön is a Johannesburg-based Ceramic Artist who enjoys drawing. He currently is an academic lecturer in the Department of Jewellery and Ceramics at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Gauteng.

... "and the ship sails on":
Decoy Duck with Peony Projection from "and the ship sails on" by Eugene Hön
Photo Credit: Jan the UJ photographer 
The Exhibition includes a video on the installation entitled "and the ship sails on" which consisted of Hön's Ballpoint-Pen Drawings being Projected onto 4 'Decoy-Ducks' made from Gilded Ceramics. 

Preparatory drawings for the Decoy-Duck
The exhibition coincides with the Chinese Year of the Dragon. There is much symbolism in the video (below), which the artist explains in his blog post, that you can read by clicking here. 

Elegance Jewellers collaborated with the artist on his Installation, and created the jewellery designs that Hön had rendered for this project.
Dragon Pendant and Sketches on Acid-free Pape

The Exhibition also included a selection of preparatory Ballpoint-Pen drawings for the "and the ship sails on" installation. They were selected from the artist’s sketchbook and took a year to complete. In addition, they feature the conceptual and design development of the jewellery pieces shown at the exhibition.

Peony Pattern by Eugene Hön
Peony Pattern by Eugene Hön
Water Pattern by Eugene Hön
Peony Pattern by Eugene Hön

I thouroughly enjoyed Hön's Solo Exhibition; it was very thought provoking. I loved the Intricacy of his creations and the novelty of the presentation. The symbolism within the Installation has been carefully crafted to portray Prosperity and Potential for the year of 2012.

If you are Q-rious to find out more about Eugene Hön, or want to see his previous work, click here.


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    1. Definitely! :)

      Thanks for the Visit Taryn!

      ♥ Marina B