My journey of creation is rather long. For all the time, I have kept following my heart. My works parallel with the social environment but are not tightly related with the artistic environment.
This exhibition brings Li Fan’s recent works from 2015 to 2017. Inspired from the mass media and selected the interesting images, the artist interprets and recreates figures and objects onto paper. From dramatic facial expression of a partial view to the life-size images and group portraits, Li Fan portrays different figures with specious faces. Skillfully mixing the ink with acrylic, the artist applies a higher color purity than the traditional Chinese ink. The color flows rapidly through the center of the image, adds a very dynamic energy into the work, and provides a shocking emotional experience to audiences. Besides ink paintings, as another important part, the woodcuts also consist of the whole exhibition. The learning experience in the Printmaking Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts deeply influenced Li Fan, through woodcuts, the artist expresses richer types of scenes and contents. The high contrast character of woodcut also exaggerates the vivid visual effect of the works. As a comprehensive presentation of Li Fan’s woodcuts, the exhibition will specially showcase the original wooden panels. The way of wood cutting demonstrates Li Fan’s wealth inner world, and in the end, leading viewers enter into Li Fan’s secret art tunnel.
By nature, be alike. By practice, be wide apart is a conclusion of Li Fan’s creation in recent years. Previously, his art creation mainly went through four stages. The years between 1992 and 2000 mark the initiation of Li’s enlightenment, where he took faithful records of life. His works direct responded to what he perceived. From 2000 to 2005, started to self-reflect, Li confronted all aspects of his inner space and took tremendous courage to reveal the most original of himself. This is a period where, in his works, Li interpreted his “filthiness” into the motif of “sexuality”. In the next, his solo exhibition, Xingben, in 2005 is a transgression against hypocrisy. Finally, the artist found the courage to face himself, started to observe the world from a personal perspective and enjoyed the pleasure of looking at the world as an individual. A large collection of ink works was created then. Subsequently, the solo exhibition Shengyi in 2010 presented the period of imitating objects and marked the completion of Li Fan’s “self-redemption”.
About the exhibition
Opening Reception: 2018.1.19 (Fri) 5-6 pm
Duration: 2018.1.19 (Fri) – 2018.3.11 (Sun)
Venue: Arario Gallery
Courtesy of the artist and Arario Gallery, for further information please visit www.arariogallery.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.