Chambers Fine Art: Paper! Paper! - 14 May 2009 to 24 July 2009
Spiritual Consolation : Floating Thread
Paper-cut, 2003. 45 x 28 in ( 114 x 71 cm )
Guo Hongwei, Hong Hao, Lu Shengzhong,
Qiu Zhijie, Wang Tiande and Wu Jian’an
May 14 – June 13, 2009
**EXTENDED TO JULY 24, 2009
Opening reception: Thursday, May 14, 6-8pm
In this survey of works on paper and works that utilize paper in different ways, six Chinese artists of different generations offer surprising perspectives on the range of artistic practice in China today and the versatility of the material itself. In the hands of Lu Shengzhong (b.1952) and his pupil Wu Jian’an (b.1980), paper is colored and cut until its structural cohesiveness is virtually denied. Lu Shengzhong, the pioneer in the scholarly investigation of this traditional form of Chinese folk art, developed his own intricate expressive style, using the left-over scraps from the paper-cutting process as essential parts of the overall design. Wu Jian’an used the techniques he had learned from his master in a highly idiosyncratic way. Speaking of his wild inventions, he has said that “I systematically dissected my mind, as if to reveal everything inside and hang up the contents to expose them in the sun.” Tibetan thangkas and Salvador Dali at his most delirious meet in the paper-cuts of Wu Jian’an.
Hong Hao (b.1965) is also obsessed with paper although he values it for its traditional role as a purveyor of printed information. Having started as a print-maker with the celebrated Selected Scriptures, Hong Hao turned to the theme of the book in a virtuoso series of three-dimensional works, including The Manuscript for Oahgnoh Biennale A and B, 2003-2004 and Mexico-Huun-Amate, 2004.
Unlike many of his contemporaries Wang Tiande (b.1960) did not turn to oil painting at the beginning of his career but decided that his preference lay in “redefining ink painting and calligraphy, the most value-laden of China’s art forms.” While Ai Weiwei smashed and painted over Neolithic and Han Dynasty vessels, Wang Tiande made ordinary vessels and wine bottles more precious by covering them in integuments of Chinese paper suffused with ink wash.
These three-dimensional works contrast with the more conventional format of the ink paintings and watercolors of Qiu Zhijie (b.1969) and Guo Hongwei (b.1982), the youngest artists in the group. Qiu Zhijie has established his reputation as one of the foremost experimental artists in China, but he is also a gifted practitioner of the traditional Chinese art forms, ink painting and calligraphy. Deeply rooted in Chinese tradition but resolutely contemporary in the free-wheeling nature of the imagery, the group of works on paper included in the exhibition is being shown for the first time as a delay at US Customs prevented them from arriving in time for the March 12 opening of his one person show.
In contrast Guo Hongwei does not dwell in the ancient past and has no particular interest in the rich cultural history of his native land. Slightly removed from the immediate present, Guo Hongwei looks back in time to his own childhood and adolescence for the subject- matter of his poetic and humorous watercolors. Seemingly effortless, these rapidly executed watercolors are notable for the control he is able to maintain over his fluid medium.
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CHAMBERS FINE ART
210 Eleventh Ave, 4th Fl
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 414-1169
We are thrilled to announce the public opening of Artfarm, our newest exhibition space in Salt Point, NY.
Artfarm was designed by HHF Architects in collaboration with renowned Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei.
We hope you’ll celebrate with us by visiting our inaugural exhibition:
Song Dong & Rong Rong
June 18 – July 12, 2009
We look forward to seeing you this summer at Artfarm!
CHAMBERS FINE ART
John Tancock cordially invites you to a reception and private viewing at ArtFarm, the architecturally acclaimed annex of Chambers Fine Art of
Art and Rocks: Nature Found and Made
Artists: Martin Kline, Hong Lei, Robert Oxnam,
Zhan Wang, Meng Zhao
Saturday, July 25, 1:00-6:00pm
July 25 - September 15, 2009
To RSVP and for directions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
or (212) 414-1169
A fully illustrated catalog is available. ArtFarm is 90 miles north of NYC between Dia:Beacon and Bard College