At the ShangArt Gallery, the Profound Sense of Life in Art

At the ShangArt Gallery, the Profound Sense of Life in Art
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For the second exhibition of the year at the Beijing home of the historic gallery ShanghART, the eight Chinese artists Han Feng, Hu Liu, He Wei, Liu Weijian, Ouyang Chun, Sun Xun, Yan Bing and Zhao Yang reconsider the concepts of time and space from various perspectives, including the consequences of the unpredictable events that 2020 brought with it throughout the world. Everything which, in the past, seemed controllable, objective and even mechanical becomes torturous, unstable and unfathomable, making the concepts of time and space mere fragments seeking to reconnect in some logical organic fashion. The works on display often focus on banal quotidian details, exalting them, abstracting them in a continuous struggle between the physical and metaphysical, as seen in the works of Han Feng, Liu Weijian and Zhao Yang or the diligently prepared drawings of Hu Liu. He Wei, meanwhile, offers canvases seeking formal and chromatic balance while not being at all predictable, maintaining their evocative power, becoming veritable mental landscapes. The combination of real and unreal, quotidian and dreamlike can be found in the paintings of Ouyang Chun; while the works of Yang Bin, exalt quotidian subjects, on the limits of banal, depicting them masterfully and bringing to light that energy infused in everything, even the less obvious. Sun Xun, known for hand-drawn animated short films, moves to pastels on canvas, reflecting on the continuous wandering in search of the profound sense of life of every individual.

Manuela Lietti - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing