Spanning Time

Duration: Jul. 10 - Sep. 04, 2016

Venue: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong

Introduction:

This innovative exhibition displays artworks by Yao Lu, Wang Chuan and Miao Xiaochun of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. In photo and video all three artists capture the aesthetic ethos of Northern Song China, and present in their own contemporary style a link to the compositional and literary traditions of the past. Thereby, the artists connect their modern media works to a bygone era and pay homage to the stylistic and cultural values and connotations in their then-non-existent, self-elected art form.

In Yao Lu’s work, for example, the landscapes scenes are first carefully composed and in themselves reproductions or re-interpretations, before the photographic image mimics the traditional scroll painting. Only a closer examination allows the onlooker to recognise the materials, and by extension the philosophy and social criticism that are fundamental to his work.

Wang Chuan’s imagery connects both fable fairy-tale and reality. His photography singles out representations of dragons and their depictions in our everyday lives. The juxtaposition of mystical and mundane, magic and spirituality-laden and physical presence is particularly well expressed in his photography, and technically articulated by his pixelated and ‘re-focused’ views.

‘Disillusion’ by Miao Xiaochun takes a slightly different approach in that it represents in three-dimensional and animated film clips the temporary and fragile nature of our lives. Much like Yao Lu, Miao Xiaochun also highlights the impact human beings have on the environment – despite the fragility of our own lives – and the irreversible destruction we leave behind when we are gone.

Selected Works:


01 Wang Chuan, Re.Focus Dragon

02 Wang Chuan, Re.Focus Dragon

03 Wang Chuan, Re.Focus Dragon

04 Miao Xiaochun, Disillusion, Limitless, Restart

05 Miao Xiaochun, Disillusion, Limitless, Restart

06 Miao Xiaochun, Disillusion, Limitless, Restart

07 Yao Lu, Hiding and Reconstitution

08 Yao Lu, Hiding and Reconstitution

09 Yao Lu, Hiding and Reconstitution





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