Seven Variations of Paper

Seven Variations of Paper
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The Gingko Space Gallery presents an exhibition sui generis. The winter collective exhibition Practice on Paper links, in a single itinerary, the works of seven Chinese artists that use, as their principal expressive means, paper. In the work of Chen Qiang, Chinese rice paper and ink are placed in relation to the canvas and oil painting of the West, while the water colours of Chi Qun run quickly along the paper, making a powerful contrast with the artist’s signs. Meanwhile, Du Jie concentrates on the randomness of graphics on paper, making “unwanted” mistakes an expression of the subconscious. Dong Dawei also works on the happenstance of the encounter between colour and paper. But here, pens and absorbent paper are used to seek out, in the accidental meeting of colours, unexpected tonalities. In this case, paper is the means that allows the encounter and facilitates the expansion of colour. Guo Mengyao explores the contrast between the static nature of print and the dynamic nature of painting, both expressions being placed on paper, the common denominator between the two techniques. Lisa Chang Lee works with paper and pens, observing, from up close, the unstable balance between the intention of the artist and the randomness of marks. Finally, Zhang Fan places attention on the act of painting itself, interpreting the rhythms and textures of brushstrokes as manifestations on the page. A unique occasion to explore the various approaches to transforming this material into visual messages, whether it be as the actual subject or a mere support medium.
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