“All the heroes are angels from the East and West and are disappearing or dying. In my view, superheroes are normal people as well; they are not always invincible, they have to face the depression, defeat, retirement, eventually face to the death, disappear in the world, then be reborn again from the death. I hope they will be reborn come together to tackle all the problems in this crucial world.”
Jacky Tsai unveils his first solo show at Corey Helford Gallery entitled “The Lost Angels” on Saturday, October, 28.
Although Tsai is now based in London, he honed his craft in Shanghai. Tsai will unveil compelling new pieces using his signature mediums of carved lacquerware, which is a rare and almost extinct craft. Tsai will focus on the clash between Eastern and Western cultures in his new series.
“I feel my work is much more mature after many years practice. I’ve transferred my Superheroes series from the traditional lacquer carving to the modern acrylic canvas work. This is a quite brave move for me, and make this series very unique.”
You may recognize Jacky’s floral skull work if you are at all a fashion enthusiast. Early in his career, Jacky was the actual creator behind Alexander McQueen’s floral skull emblem, one of the most recognizable symbols in the fashion industry. With the creation of this emblem, Jacky’s aim is to shift the attitudes of his Chinese cultural superstitions in regards to the perception of death. He hopes to encourage the emergence of beauty in decay. He is fearless with his creative experimentation, using diverse mediums such as installation, sculpture, painting, printmaking, collage, embroidery, Chinese lacquer carving, porcelain, and illustration.
COREY HELFORD GALLERY presents…
“The Lost Angels”
Opening Reception Saturday, October 28 from 7-11pm
(On View October 28 Through November 25, 2017)