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Impermanent Sceneries: Group Exhibition Featuring Hu Weiqi, Sun Yu, and Zhang Wenchao

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Impermanent Sceneries: Group Exhibition Featuring Hu Weiqi, Sun Yu, and Zhang Wenchao

Exhibition Duration: January 8 to February 28, 2016
Participating Artist: Hu Weiqi, Sun Yu, Zhang Wenchao


With its set goals of creating more urban centers of “global city status” than anywhere else in the world, 21st-century China is seeing a growing attention to a single topic: the ever-changing environment. With such emphasis on the continuous evolution of the built environment, a philosophy of continually striving for bigger and better has resulted in the city achieving a somewhat sacred status – as an embodiment of Chinese society’s modernization, and as Lacan’s mirror, wherein one recognizes its identity via the reflected image. Urbanity has, thusly, become one of the art world’s main preoccupations. No longer do quaint rural depictions of the 1970s receive praise, but the bustling centers of trade and excess, rife with opportunity and energy. But in the contemporary’s constant race for superlatives and a reality that is built on impermanence, where does one position oneself? For the emerging generation of Chinese artists, the city is a place of potential, inspiration, and endless discussion. In Impermanent Sceneries, Hu Weiqi, Zhang Wenchao, and Sun Yu combine bold, surrealistic imagery and mediums of painting and projection to examine their unique understandings of the relationship between people and the instability of the urban environment. In doing so, their reflections on the impermanence of contemporary China’s sceneries express their individual efforts to distinguish presentation from representation, simulacra from the real, and the possible from the impossible.


展期: 2016年1月8日至2月28日

二十一世纪,中国计划创造数量上独一无二的具有“全球城市地位”的城市中心,国内也随之愈加重视不断变化的环境这一主题。随着不断演变的城市环境成为了人们的关注热点,追求更大更好城市的理念几乎赋予了城市一丝神圣的意味,原因是它堪称中国社会现代化建设的化身。正如同拉康镜像理论中阐释的,个人的主体意识是在另一个对象化了的他人镜像关系中认同自己的。由此,都市性也就成为了当今艺术世界的一个主要课题。 现如今,关于二十世纪七十年代新奇的乡村生活的描绘已风光不再,取而代之的是对繁华都市的关注,城市是贸易和纵欲的中心地带,充满机遇与活力。然而在如今时刻变化的社会当中,人人都在马不停蹄地想在激烈竞争中胜出,他们又该如何自我定位?对于新一代中国艺术家来讲,城市意味着潜力、灵感和无尽的争论。在此次展览中,三位艺术家将大胆和超现实主义的意象与绘画、投影及版画的媒介相结合,试图检验他们对于人与城市环境多变性关系的独到理解。借此,他们对于当代中国社会多变性的反思传达出他们正尽一己之力来区分现象与表征,虚拟与现实,可能与不可能。

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