Hongjie Yang

Synthesis Monolith investigates the transformative properties of metal, tracing in a single totemic object the primitive origins of aluminium and steel in rock ores through to their emergence as highly polished artificial materials. These sculptures play with the notion of the uncanny; initial familiarity is undermined by uncertainties around the properties of materials, the objects’ origins, and the processes through which they were made.

The reflective exterior brings the viewer’s living presence into the sculpture’s aesthetic and form, seeking to evoke a state of contemplation.

Waves on the beach of Patina Maldives

About the

Hongjie explores the power of transformation by bringing in a wide range of disciplines into the world of art, design and technology, examining plausible scenarios and their influences on transforming our preconceived perceptions. The designer-artist based in the Netherlands blends fact and fiction, the familiar and uncanny to speak of the increasingly fluid times we find ourselves. Such an approach is informed by his study at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where he received a Master in Contextual Design in 2015.

Hongjie’s exhibitions include “Design and Wondrous”, Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum (China, 2020); “La Manufacture”, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort, Gare Saint Sauveur, (France, 2020); “The State of Extreme”, Design Museum Holon (Israel, 2019); “Nature Morte / Nature Vivante”, CID Grand Hornu, Belgium, 2019); “ Talk, Forum Vertigo”, Centre Pompidou (France, 2019); “Naked”, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen (Netherlands, 2018); “ Spazio Rossana Orlandi” (Italy, 2017); “Harvest, Dutch Invertuals, Salone del Mobile (Italy, 2017); “Power Play, Dutch Invertuals”, Dutch Design Week, (Netherlands, 2016); “The Wild Things”, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort, Texture, (Belgium, 2016); “The Life Fair”, Het Nieuwe Instituut (Netherlands, 2016); “Thing Nothing”, Van Abbemuseum (Netherlands, 2015); “Sense Nonsense”, Van Abbemuseum (Netherlands, 2014); “Designing Scarcity”, Het Nieuwe Instituut (Netherlands, 2014).

Art @ Patina

Art has the power to seduce, provoke, soothe and inspire. It moves us, makes us question what we know, and repositions our relationship with the world. Throughout the island, art is given a voice.

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands is where art, nature, space and community harmoniously coexist and interact to create fruitful, long-lasting relationships. The many textures, forms, attitudes and experiences of our collection live together as an expression of the continuous cadence of life.

Walks on the beach at Patina Maldives

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Patina Maldives is a devotion to dimensionality and a new expression of island life.

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