New Gallery on Old Bailey is please to present Méng, the first joint exhibition of art works by three upcoming Shanghai based Chinese artists: Liu Jiu Tong, Liu An and Wu Jun in Hong Kong.
Each of the three artists possesses his strong and unique personnel paining style in their art. Nevertheless, their works invite the viewers’ immersion to explore the world of artist’ creativities. The varies styles of presentation such as the portraying of historical figures with no facial features in Liu An’s paintings, the leaving of large open space in Liu Jiu Tong’s water town, Wu Jun’s repetition of undefined heads in the “N” series paintings, etc, allow a rising sense of uncertainty and doubtness that awaits for the participation of viewers’ imagination to figure out for themselves.
Liu Jiu Tong’s art works emphasize the presenting of extreme and subtle emotion; thinness and thinkness; nothingness and the real existence; representational art and traditional Chinese realism; subtle and strong contrast of color changing; delicacy and roughness and he places different things with strong contrast and contradiction together on the same picture frame to attain a powerful visual impact.
Liu an’s engaging in art is his childhood dream; as he grew up, art become his faith. The painting and literature are mediums that he expresses in his mind. He thinks that the inspiration from the painter’s works has no relation with this painter’s popularity and the art resume is unreliable. Therefore he has never participated activities in any community circles, political activities nor any promotions because they have no relations with his art.
According to Wu Jun, the creation of N series was accidental. He thinks that the shape in his works looked like something, e.g. a face without organs. And then a stack of something face-to-face in the subway station just occurred to him, with or without order in sense, spread out or in line, with a kind of infinite meanings behind.
Mar 2 - Apr 11, 2010
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