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Tamen

Tamen (他们, They) is an artist collective composed of artists Lai Shengyu (赖圣予) and Yang Xiaogang (杨晓钢), born in China’s Hunan Province in 1978 and 1979, respectively. Based in Beijing, the duo rejects contemporary society’s infatuation with the individual by seamlessly collaborating on and co-painting each work. They have gained acclaim in China and abroad for their scenes of eerie serenity that reflect contemporary China’s new state of being amidst a maddening juxtaposition of symbols. Their works of oil on canvas reflect big-city China and calm nature, using montage and Pop Art forms to combine reality with illusion. Tamen’s work draws attention to the issues of fading tradition and globalization, criticizing the human appetence hiding behind images and falsehood and the sheen of modern affluence.

Tamen has held numerous solo exhibitions in places such as Shanghai, Beijing, New York, Seoul, and the Netherlands, and has participated in a range of art fairs including Art Cologne, Art Beijing, Art Dubai, Art Hong Kong, and Art Stage Singapore. The collective has been featured in publications such as Young Chinese Artists: The Next Generation, and their work can be found in the collections of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (Beijing), White Rabbit Collection (Sydney), and Essl Museum (Vienna). During Art Central 2015, their works were chosen as fair highlights on Artsy. In 2015, their comprehensive catalogue Small Thoughts: Tamen’s Revelations was published by Artron.

“他们”,由来自湖南、毕业于中央美术学院的版画专业1978年出生的赖圣予和1979年出生的杨晓钢组成的艺术家组合,现在北京的航空航天学院的新媒体艺术系工作。近期的主要展览包括,2011年在北京别处空间举办的THEY个展“前世今生”,2009年在湖南美术馆举办的“失乐园”展览,2008年在阿姆斯特尔芬油画国际艺术展的“他们”,2006年在中国当代艺术展览中韩国表画廊代表的“他们”,2009年美国华盛顿子午国际中心的“现在大都市”。

“他们”小组的作品因为具备了为当代中国社会发声的能力,在国内外广受好评。这些作品有的将焦虑的心境与静止的场景并置在充满活力的都市景观中(早期作品),亦或是展现了丰富的自然风光,体现出人与自然的和谐共存(近期作品)。他们小组的作品目前主要专注于布面油画。专注于社会状态的批评,他们的场景通常结合了两个极端——粗鄙的和美好的,在中国社会的大前提下探索传统与当代两个方面。迷惑、争议或是启发,他们的作品散发出引人探究的叙事性,倾诉着一言难尽的故事。

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Works

The Sea and the ...
The Sea and the Fish 海与鱼
Oil on canvas 布面油画
60 x 120 cm
2014
The Girl and the...
The Girl and the Island 女孩与岛
Oil on canvas
140 x 270 cm
2012

 

 

Gazing Under the...
Gazing Under the Tree 树下凝
Oil on canvas 布面油画
140 x 90 cm
2012

 

Waves
Waves 浪
Oil on canvas 布面油画
80 x 100 cm
2013

 

 

Flowers Not Flow...
Flowers Not Flowers, Painting Not Painting 花非花,画非画
Oil on canvas 布面油画
80 x 100 cm
2014

 

Snowy Bamboo
Snowy Bamboo 雪竹
Oil on canvas 布面油画
35 x 45 cm
2014

 

 

Waiting for the ...
Waiting for the Wind 等风来
Oil on canvas 布面油画
35 x 45 cm
2014

 

 

Moonlit Night
Moonlit Night 明月夜
Oil on canvas 布面油画
80 x 140 cm
2014

 

 

The Sea
The Sea 海
Oil on canvas
130 x 180 cm
2012

 

 

 

 

Dream
Dream
C-Print
60 x 40 cm
Edition: 8
2011
Reminiscing in J...
Reminiscing in Jiang River 相忘于江湖
C-Print
60 x 40cm
Edition: 8
2011
Imitation Hamilt...
Imitation Hamilton “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different So Appealing” 他们仿汉米尔顿《是什么让我们今天的生活如此迷人、如此美丽》
Oil on canvas
90 x 140 cm
2008
Dinner Party
Dinner Party
C-Print
80 x 120 cm
2007

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