A Certain Kind of Post-modernism
Director： A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Artists： Chen Liangjie, Chen Qiulin, He Gong, Jiang Peng, Li Lang, Liu Yujie, Luo Fahui, Qin Qi, Shen Xiaotong, Shu Qun, Sun Xuemin, Xiao Kegang, Yu Ji, Zhao Xiaojia, Zhu Bing
Exhibition Time: March 28th-May 5th, 2009
The title of this exhibition is derived from Shu Qun’s painting: Identity Voices: A Certain Kind of Post-modernism?. The exhibition brings twenty-three works of fifteen artists from different periods in the history of Chinese contemporary art. The choice for A Certain Kind of Post-modernism as the exhibition topic reflects our continuous preoccupation with experimental and avant-garde art creations.
The work by Shu Qun Identity Voices: A Certain Kind of Post-modernism? painted in 1993 is a continuation of the painter’s reflection on ‘Rational Painting’ in the ’85 period. Qin Qi is a young artist whose independent reflection and direct painting technique visible in the work Yang Jie No.4 make him one of the leading artists in today’s China. The time span from Face No.1/2 of the Red Series of Shen Xiaotong painted in 1993 to Temptation No.3 in 1999 reflects a change from the expression of a public subject matter to the rendering of individual emotions. Traveling frequently between Western and Eastern Culture, the artist He Gong in The Occasion reveals a collective consciousness through a distant but at the same time passionate brush stroke. Luo Fahui expresses his infatuation with pain and distress behind layers of lust and desire. In Dream Garden by Zhu Bing we can see the nostalgic longing of the artist trying to find a spiritual haven in a highly urbanized environment.
In Ellisis (2002), Chen Quilin places the sweet suffering of young people against the background of high-speed urbanization. Her later works continue the exploration of her personal memories in relation to social, environmental and urban problems. Through his photographic lens, Li Lang observes the Yi minority in south western China. His approach is detached yet full of compassion and gives expression to the harmony, dignity and divinity of the Yi people for their earth.