Shanghai Jing, Shan Hai Jing 上海经,山海经

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Chai Yiming and Wang Dawei Dual Solo Exhibition
Opening Event: 5-7PM, June 30th, 2013
Exhibition: July 1st – August 15th, 2013
 
柴一茗、王大卫双个展
开幕酒会:2013年6月30日 5-7点
展览:2013年7月1日-8月15日
 

This summer, FQ Projects will be introducing two continuous exhibitions of works on paper. First, we are honoured to present the Chai Yiming and Wang Dawei dual solo exhibition entitled “Shanghai Jing, Shan Hai Jing”.

Chai Yiming and Wang Dawei, although born in different decades and possessing different academic backgrounds, these two Shanghai artists both work with watercolour on rice paper. One artist young and emerging, one mature and experienced; one with an academic background hoping to break free from the traditional, restrictive dogma, one with a unique, self-taught style, using classical academic elements in his work; one with a relaxed and vivid impressionistic style, one with meticulous brushwork and heavy detail. Wang Dawei’s work brings us to experience the scenes and hardships of common life through his very eyes; Chai Yiming’s work lead us into the classic “Shan Hai Jing” myths beneath his own brush. Though their styles are different, the artists are equally witty and humourous.

On display by Wang Dawei are three series of work – “Community Life”, “Memorial”, and “Inner World”. The “Community Life” series is inspired by life in the artist community. Reproducing almost real-sized scenes of every day life allows the viewer to reexamine their surroundings and turn to their own reflection. “Memorial” borrows the theme of one of China’s thousand-year-old customs, Qing Ming, with an unambiguously traditional, yet slightly mocking interpretation of the mourning holiday during the winter solstice, in which families sweep the tombs of ancestors.  “Inner World” ebbs and flows, bringing people before the eyes of spectators. With a gloomy tone, in lifeless twilight are dazed people with different demeanors, yet all with the same kind of expression. It’s different from previous solo exhibitions of Wang Dawei, excluding a variety of symbolic metaphors, the artist’s questioning of mankind and society is now more purely rendered with the exaggeration of light and shadow in watercolour.

Chai Yiming is known as a mature artist with a unique, intelligent, and humourous style. “Shan Hai Jing” is an old masterpiece story, filled with traditional legends and fables. Chai Yiming’s series entitled “Shan Hai Jing” elaborates on what appears like the local flora and fauna in ancient scenery, worth seeing and travelling, while also seeming like a collection of absurd myths, worth reading and considering. His meticulous brushwork in his freehand style depicts lively and interesting interpretations of natural and manmade landscape. His watercolour style is traditional and novel, from a distance appearing much like traditional painting, but looking closely one can see a variety of media used in his work. Chai Yiming’s work never fails to reflect the artist’s unruly sense of humour, so enjoy a swim in his brilliant mythological work, it truly is an worthwhile escape!

Last year, the “Shan Hai Jing” series was exhibited for the first time in the Himalayas Art Museum Zhujiajiao Branch. And just earlier this year, FQ Projects displayed part of Chai Yiming’s “Shan Hai Jing” series at the Singapore Art Fair, which received wide acclaim and attention. This summer, FQ Projects will again present a series of his work, both old and new works together, making this a more complete exhibition allowing visitors a comprehensive experience to see the artist as a whole.

Wang Dawei, Shanghainese, born in 1984. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts at Shanghai Normal University in 2009. He has been involved in Shanghai Normal University’s invisible gallery graduation exhibition, the Degas Art Space Art Exhibition, FQ Projects New Generation Art Group Exhibition, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art “In Between Reality and Fiction” Animamix Biennale, FQ Projects Monologue Group Exhibition, FQ Projects “The People Around Us” solo show, as well as the Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair and Art Stage Singapore.

Chai Yiming, born in Harbin in 1965. After graduating from the Shanghai Business Academy in 1987, attended Huashan Art School. Currently works and lives in Shanghai. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Spain. He has also exhibited in the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, the Toronto Art Museum, the Chongqing Youth Art Biennale, as well as several well-known art galleries.

View Artist Profiles:

Chai Yiming

Wang Dawei

非青计划将会在今夏连续推出两个纸本作品展。 首展,非青计划将荣幸地展出柴一茗和王大卫的双个人展 -- “上海经,山海经”。

柴一茗和王大卫同样是运用宣纸彩墨,出生在不同年代,有着不同学术背景的两位上海艺术家。他们一个年轻新兴,一个年长成熟;一个有着学院背景却希望背道而驰摆脱教条束缚,一个独具风格自学成才但作品中借用学院古典元素;一个不拘小节生动写意,一个笔法细致着重细节。王大卫的作品带着我们体会他眼中的市井生活场景和心灵忧患;柴一茗的作品好似引领我们进入了他自己笔下那神话一般的《山海经》。两者作品风格迥异,却同样风趣幽默。

展出的王大卫作品分为三个系列 — “小区的生活”,“追思”,“内心世界”。

“小区的生活”系列灵感来源于艺术家居住的社区。几乎实景大小的日常生活重现让观者重新审视周遭进而到自己的融入及反思。“追思”这一主题借用了中国千年以来的风俗习惯,清明,冬至作为家人祭扫先祖,寄托哀思的传统节日本来无二解读,可在这一系列的画中,又仿佛带上了些许调侃。“内心世界”中的方舟沉浮,载着人们来到观众眼前,阴郁的基调,沉沉暮色中,茫然的人们神态迥异却又拥有同一种表情。和之前王大卫个展不同的是,排除了各种符号性的象征隐喻之后,艺术家对于人类当今社会的追问被水墨所渲染的光影提炼得愈加纯粹。

作为一位已有知名度的成熟艺术家柴一茗,他的作品风格独特,智慧幽默。《山海经》是一部富于神话传说和寓言故事的最古老的奇书。柴一茗笔下的《山海经》系列给我们阐述的又像是古代的山水物志,可观可游;又像是一系列荒诞不经的神话故事,可看可想。他细致的笔法描绘出的山水人兽精细又写意,生动有趣。他的彩墨画风格传统又新奇,远观好似传统水墨画,近看才发现画中使用的多种媒介。在柴一茗的作品中无时无刻不体现出艺术家本人的诙谐幽默羁傲不驯,畅游在他带有神话色彩的作品中,实在是一个暇逸了得!

去年,《山海经》系列首次展览于喜马拉雅美术馆的朱家角分馆。今年年初,非青计划曾在艺术登陆新加坡艺术博览会上展出了柴一茗的《山海经》部分作品,受到广泛好评和关注。今夏,非青计划再次推出此系列作品,老作新作同时展出,使得此系列作品展览比较完整,让参观者可以更全面的观赏和体会。

王大卫,1984年生,上海人。2009年毕业于上海师范大学美术学院油画系。曾参与上海师范大学无形画廊毕业展,德佳艺术空间艺术展,非青计划新生代艺术群展,上海当代艺术馆《寓意非/现实》动漫美学双年展,非青计划自言自语群展,非青计划《我们身边的人》个展,以及上海国际当代艺术博览会和艺术登陆新加坡博览会等展览。

柴一茗,1965年生于哈尔滨。1987年上海商业专科学院毕业后,入华山美校再读。现工作生活于上海。在美国,德国,比利时,意大利,西班牙都曾展出过多个个展和群展。国内参加的展览曾在上海当代美术馆,多伦多美术馆,重庆青年美术双年展,以及多家知名画廊展出。

艺术家简介:

– 柴一茗

– 王大卫

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