Transfusion / Infusion
灌输 / 浸吸
15 May - 1 June 2014
Chan Hampe Galleries presents three generations of Chinese contemporary artists, each one having influenced the other’s practice either directly or indirectly. Through a variety of mediums, viewers will discover clues that mark the transitioning of knowledge from one to another and how this is ultimately reflected the artist’s work. The resultant attitudes vary from the surreal to the absurd.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Zhou Xiaohu 周啸虎 (b. 1960) was one of the first contemporary artists in China to work experimentally with sculptural ideas of video and animation. With a background in sculpture, oil painting and graphic design, Zhou's work is a dynamic combination of these mediums, inducing confusion and bafflement, making viewers question the evidence of their senses and their assumptions about “the facts”.
The work of Zhou Xiaohu was included in the historically significant exhibition 'Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China' (2004). His work has been exhibited at Tate Liverpool, UK; Kunst Museum, Bern, Switzerland; Shanghai Art Museum, China; International Center of Photography, New York, USA; and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Austria. He has also participated in such art expositions as the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia (2006); the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Spain (2004); and the Shanghai Biennale (2000).
Dong Wensheng 董文胜 (b. 1970), a protégé of Zhou Xiaohu, is a photographer and video artist whose conceptual photography uses the architectural elements of Chinese Gardens and other natural landscapes as a stage setting to insert objects the viewer does not expect to see. Framed by background lighting, the artist creates an almost magical space for the viewer to contemplate beauty, intimacy, mystery, and engage in a deeper philosophical consideration of the value of life.
Chen Wei 陈维 (b. 1980), a graduate of the China Academy, produces photographic works that are essentially theatre pieces, shot in carefully constructed sets that resemble rooms. Often, a disaster seems to have taken place: a meteor strike, an avalanche, a failed love affair. The mood on each set, conveyed by scenery alone, is a compound of solitude, despair and darkness: windows are invariably boarded up, lights dim or broken. The dingy, untidily strewn props seem to tell a story, but it’s left to the viewer to figure out the plot. Chen Wei has likened his works to “chaotic sentences”. Asked what motivates his art, he says, “It’s a secret.” But he himself is not at all unhappy, he insists. “We artists are a minority, so we have to stay positive.”
Selected solo exhibitions include ‘Slumber Song’, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK (2014); ‘Rain In Some Areas’, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (2012); and ‘Tight Rope’, Yokohama Creative City Center, Yokohama, Japan (2011). Recent group Exhibitions include ‘My Generation: Young Chinese Artists’, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA (2014); ’28 CHINESE’, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, USA (2013); and ‘Revel - Celebrating MoCA's 8 Years In Shanghai’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China (2012).
- Zhou Xiaohu 周啸虎
- Dong Wensheng 董文胜
- Chen Wei 陈维