Now On View
Exhibition Dates: July 13th - September 1st, 2018
Opening Reception: July 13th, 5 - 7:30pm
Most Chinese people believe the best way to speak one’s mind is not through direct expression, but rather by using metaphor to bear the weight of truth. The preference for implication is forged over centuries in China, due to the governments’ rigorous literary inquisition and cultural control. In contemporary China, it is difficult for artists to directly engage with their concerns because the government imposes strict consequences on those who challenge censorship. Artists therefore must create works that cleverly conceal their opinions on current affairs. These attempts at expression are often simultaneously tedious and playful, as the artists must “dance with the system” by placing hidden meaning and metaphor in their work. With this in mind, Deceptive Beauty features three contemporary Chinese artists who utilize the photographic medium to express hidden meaning.
In traditional Chinese mountain-and-water paintings, artists used the magnificence of the natural landscape as a metaphorical substitute for their own ambitions and emotions. In his series New Landscape, contemporary artist Yao Lu (b. 1967) takes a modern approach to this tradition. In order to comment on his frustrations with China’s rapidly changing urban-industrial landscape, Yao constructs seemingly benign and beautiful traditional scenes to ironically criticize the urban condition.
Artist Yu Xiao (b. 1984) creates fantastical scenes that question her own childhood experience and the social norms of China’s straight-laced education system. In her series Nursery Rhymes (2012-15), Yu points to how traditional Chinese children’s songs and games are used to indoctrinate individuals into a collective consciousness during their compulsory education period.
Artist Zhang Wei’s (b. 1977) series Artificial Theater blurs the line between celebrity icons and ordinary people, heroes and mortals, beauty and mediocrity. Zhang digitally composites iconic portraits layered with multiple fragments of facial features from everyday Chinese people. His work comments on the increasing presence of celebrity worship in China that is generated by the boom of Western mass media and consumer-driven society.
Robyn Day & Lisa Lindvay
Exhibition Dates: September 7th - October 20th, 2018
Opening Reception: September 7th, 5 - 7:30pm
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Frances F. Denny: Let Virtue Be Your Guide: April 1st - May 31st 2016
The Image Underneath: Mel Keiser,Krista Wortendyke,Diane Meyer:January 29th-March 29th 2016
Lynn Saville: Dark City : October 2nd-November 28th 2015
Melissa Ann Pinney: A Selection Of Images From the Series Two: September 5th-29th 2015
Mathew Bender: Tracing Like Fingers : June 4th - August 31st 2015
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A group exhibition of gallery Artists : February 6th - April 7th 2015