Chai Yiming: Landscape – coloured ink wash paintings solo exhibition


Opening Event: 5-7 pm, Sunday March 23, 2014
Exhibition: March 25 – May 14, 2014
开幕酒会:2014年3月23日 周日 5-7点
FQ Projects is pleased to present Chai Yimings most recent works – a solo show of coloured ink wash paintings titled ‘Landscape’.

The artist’s ink wash paintings combine a blend of Chinese traditional art styles with contemporary experimentation, reflecting his devotion to understanding both philosophies of Zen and Oriental wisdom.

Although Chai Yiming’s exhibited works share harmonic and romantic elements of tonal composition, they can be divided into three parts.

The first part represents the artist’s typical style of meticulous brushwork, focusing on details of peculiar formed mountains full of hidden curiosities. Chai Yiming’s work knows no restriction to form, material or style, allowing the audience to see and feel the freedom obtained from this method of creation. Amongst the overlapping mountains; between the meandering rivers; under the rushing waterfalls, lie hidden fairies, surreal formed beasts and precious stones resting on the seabed from ancient times. These elements, both individually and collectively, are used as metaphors to reflect ancient Chinese fairy tales, literature and legends. The works, whilst appearing both mystical and romantic also emit an atmosphere of honesty and innocence allowing the audience to feel like they are experiencing the quietness before the birth of a new world.

The second part contains a fairytale-like geographic landscape combined with a Song-Yuan intellectual aura. Differing from his other works they present a more minimalist, subtle and sensitive atmosphere. Areas of the rice paper are left intentionally blank but composed in layers to permit the audience to experience and, at times, almost taste the quietness and poetic nature within the pieces.

The final part of the exhibition expresses the magical kingdom associated with classical Tang Dynasty style of colouring. Utilizing traditional materials and strong colours, in combination with the artist’s humorous spirit, he creates a playful context within a poetic environment. Within this context, Chai Yiming’s paintings express his deep understanding of traditional Chinese culture, whilst creating an alternate and fresh interpretation of his work.

Whilst Chai Yiming is predominantly influenced by traditional Oriental aesthetics and closely follows the Chinese philosophy of Buddism and Taoism, he is simultaneously fascinated with Western literature, poetry, film and fine art. This has ultimately led to the evolution of his unique style of painting. His works are not planned, but instead composed of random occurrences reflecting his inner self expression. In his own words, “random, chaotic, confusion” regarding the Western physics writings of Chaos Theory, corresponds to the Book of Changes stating “orderly disorder, random inevitable”.

Chai Yiming was born in Harbin in 1965. After graduating in interior design from the Shanghai Business Academy in 1987, he attended Huashan Art School and currently works and lives in Shanghai. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Spain. His works have also been exhibited in the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, the Toronto Art Museum, the Chongqing Youth Art Biennale, as well as many other National and International art galleries. Since 2012, FQ Projects cooperates with Chai Yiming, exhibited his works in dual show and summer group show. In 2013, FQ Projects presented Chai Yiming’s Shan Haijing series at Art Stage Singapore. These exhibitions were all very well received. This exhibition Landscape is the first solo show of Chai Yiming at FQ Projects.

非青计划很荣幸推出柴一茗彩墨作品个展 — 风景。本次展览的全部“风景”作品都是一茗先生刚刚完成的最新创作。


这次展出作品一致性的带有柔和的浪漫主义色彩,大致分为三部分:第一部分为其惯有的细致笔法、着重细节、藏匿精灵的怪异山水。柴一茗的山水作品创作,一贯不拘于艺术的形式、材料、风格、流派的局限,在其作品中可以感受到他对创作获取到的真正自由和宏大。重叠的群山之中、蜿蜒的河流之间、湍急的瀑布之下, 隐藏着古灵精怪;自由变换在峰峦云雾之中奇形怪状的飞禽走兽;穿越远古时期而静静躺在海底河床风貌奇特的瑰丽宝石,无处不生趣幽默地隐喻着中国古老的神话传说,让人不知身处何时何地。作品中带有迷离又浪漫,混乱又天真的气息,大有末世和再世混淆的灵异境界。第二部分为具有宋元文人气息的神化般的山川地理河流海国,其风格不同于其他作品,简约,含蓄,敏感。作品以有选择性地局部大块留白方式,令人在画面的层次中品味一种宁静与淡泊的诗意。最后出现的是带有大唐古典绚丽色彩的神奇国度。在这些极富想象力,荒诞绮丽的风景之中,传统的材质色彩和不符逻辑的荒诞形成对比营造出了一种带有诗意又调皮的氛围和语境。在此种语境之下,柴一茗的作品在深层次上回应了自己的传统文化修养,并在富有创新的作品中给予了新的诠释与突破。



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