As part of its focus this fall on the art of Asia, Primae Noctis is going to present the work of five renownedcontemporary artists – Liu Wei, Liu Ding, He Wei, Qian Jiahua and Wang Zhongjie– whose works reflect the highest points of contemporary Chinese art and suggest theways towards contemporary practitioners move.
Reinterpreting the techniques and styles of earlier artistic traditions,assembling different means towards a more conceptual view of Arts, these artistsgreatly express the newest artistic styles in which Asian art is evolving. Featuring printmaking, painting, sculpture, installation and video art, the group show aims tolook close to this Oriental window as one of the world’s richest visual traditions.
By considering the continuing power and role of both traditional and innovative visual techniques, this fresh interpretative survey of Chinese experimentalart engages Liu Wei’s conceptual revisitations, artworks and installations produced through a process of tinkering and manipulation in order to make continuous significant alterations, like any other form of matter does.
Constantly challenging the conventional context of artists’status, Liu Ding’screations involve critical thinking while investigate the various mechanisms and rulesof the art system. According to his sense of value and his reflections, the artist tests all the various relationship between artworks and other types of objects, beforefurther extending its scope to understanding the full range of production relationships in the art system.
The file rouge of conceptualistic art practice continues with a more recentgeneration of artists like He Wei, Qian Jiahua and Wang Zhongjie, whose art blursthe boundary between figuration and abstraction. While He Wei observes the worldaround him and develops virtual sketches, following a well-detailed creative scheme,where everything is the calculated fruit of the mind's empire before exploding as astrong migrane in his psyche, Qian Jiahua and Wang Zhongjie move from animpeccable minimalism dominated by symmetry and balance in whicheverything is order and silence, and where colors and shapes become more and moreintense and definite.
This exhibition revolves around key artists active across China and internationally, whose creations aim to forge reality free from ideology, to establishthe individual apart from the collective polity, and to define contemporary Chineseexperience in universal terms, It looks at a bold contemporary art movement that agitates for the sweeping social transformation that has brought China to the center of the global conversation.