Miao Xiaochun, Picnic, 2013; Acrylic on linen, 400x400cm

Miao Xiaochun, Picnic, 2013; Acrylic on linen, 400x400cm

Arario Gallery Shanghai is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by the established Chinese artist Miao Xiaochun. Grammar is Miao Xiaochun’s fifth solo exhibition at Arario Gallery running from March 6 through May 10, 2015. The artist will be present at the opening reception on March 6 from 4 – 7 pm.

After almost 15 years working with computer and software, the computer technique has became core of Miao Xiaochun’s artistic language. Miao Xiaochun has been relentlessly expanding the boundaries of digital technology into the new way of art expression: human brain and the computer thinking together; hand and mouse working together. Miao’s paintings are result of the combination between digital and manual work. He uses a cutting plotter to carve the vector file created with 3D software, then transports it onto canvas to assist the manual painting. Evidently, such an assistance plays an important role in the formation of the final painting style. Miao’s paintings are called as “Algorithmic Painting”, which are expanded from the three-dimensional virtual spaces into the two-dimensional manual paintings. He found that virtual images developed by using 3D software have some sort of a new character: the possibility of creating portraits and images related to the objective world, the virtual objects made of 0s and 1s, or creating people and objects with imagination that has never existed in reality.

Miao Xiaochun, Acrylic on linen, 2014

Miao Xiaochun, Acrylic on linen, 2014

Miao Xiaochun, The Triumph of Death, 2015; Acrylic on linen, 800x800cm

Miao Xiaochun, The Triumph of Death, 2015; Acrylic on linen, 800x800cm

Artist is forming a virtual world that is in parallel with the real objective world relying on computer’s powerful calculating capabilities and software’s seemingly limitless variations. By taking static or kinetic images with virtual cameras that can be only found in 3D software, and by editing and treating those images continuously, a new grammar of his artistic language is gradually and finally formed. In Grammar, Miao Xiaochun will bring large-scale paintings to the Arario Gallery Shanghai. The painting ‘The Triumph of Death”(800 x 800 cm) divided into 64 pieces will be hung partitively on the two floors in the gallery space. The artist seems to install the exhibition in space as an artistic and historical grotto. The large-scale paintings retain the semblance of the historical work, but are freed from the past temporal association to become ephemeral, and utterly contemporary.

About the exhibition

Dates: Mar 6, 2015 – May 10, 2015

Opening: Mar 6, 2015, 16:00, Friday

Venue: Arario Gallery, Shanghai

Courtesy of the artist and Arario Gallery, for further information please visit www.arariogallery.co.kr.

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