Poster of Mourning in Gaudy Color

Feng Zhengjie’s career, so far, spans over twenty years, from 1992 to 2011, during which his approach to art and life has matured considerably, from the earlier pain of “gaudy art”, to the exploration of fate found beneath surface beauty we see today. Yet, in every painting he has ever made, we can detect the anxiety that characterizes his personal philosophy. The Chinese word “shang” encompasses a range of meanings from abortion, death in a battle, to and death outside of one’s home. Together with “yan”, which means bright, luminescent colors, Feng has given us a new phrase in Chinese, Yan Shang, a type of mourning in gaudy colors. This is the best possible way to describe the spirit of Feng Zhengjie’s work.

The integration of life, death and flowers is fundamental to Feng Zhengjie’s latest work. He has also painted a large number of beautiful girls with absent-minded expressions which puzzle and infatuate the viewer, and as images are hard to walk away from. However, these gigantic erotic goddesses are like flowers destined to bloom only briefly, because the vitality of spring and summer is doomed to fade during autumn and winter. In the triptych series “Women are like Flowers”, flowers and skulls to the left and right hint at this life and next, while in the middle the beautiful stars radiate their youth in all directions. All that we take for granted will disappear like clouds and smoke, all that beautiful and good will fade away.

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 19; Oil on Canvas, 2010

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 19; Oil on Canvas, 2010

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 18; Oil on Canvas, 2010

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 18; Oil on Canvas, 2010

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 15; Oil on Canvas, 2010

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 15; Oil on Canvas, 2010

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 13; Oil on Canvas, 2010

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 13; Oil on Canvas, 2010

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 1; Oil on Canvas, 2011

Feng Zhengjie, Floating Floras Series No. 1; Oil on Canvas, 2011

Art is neither life nor death, but a means for exploring the truth behind life and death, to show the decay behind the flashy surface, to differentiate between life and death, blooming and deterioration. Feng Zhengjie has combined his personal experiences with the metaphysical, which indicates that he has given himself over to the greater meaning of life.

Duration: Sep 27, 2011 – Oct 26, 2011

Opening: Sep 27, 2011, 16:00, Tuesday

Curator: Gao Ling

Venue: K Gallery (Chengdu, China)

Feng Zhengjie

Feng Zhengjie

Born in 1968, Sichuan Province, China,  Feng Zhengjie graduated with his Master dgree of Fine Arts from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Sichuan Province, China in 1995. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2011

Mourning In Guardy Colour, K Gallery, Chengdu

2008

Primary Color, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2007

New Works of Feng Zhengjie, Tilton Gallery, New York, USA

Feng Zhengjie: Recent Works, Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie. Essen, Germany

Paintings of Feng Zhengjie, Albert Benamou Gallery, Paris, France

Feng Zhengjie, No.2(Series of the Untitiled), 2006

Feng Zhengjie, No.2(Series of the Untitiled), 2006

2006

Paintings of Feng Zhengjie, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Very Red and Very Green, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

A Beautiful Deception, Shine Art Space, Shanghai, China

2004

Kitsch As A Face of Chinese Society, Vanessa Art House, Jakarta, Indonesia; Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore

The Beautiful Poison, Suka Art Space, Korea

2003

Regards vers l’Est, Regards vers l”oust, Albert Benamou Gallery, Paris, France

Feng Zhengjie, No.9(Series of Butterflies over Flowers), 2002

Feng Zhengjie, No.9(Series of Butterflies over Flowers), 2002

2002

Paintings of Feng Zhengjie, M.K. Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania Packaging,

Xin Dong Cheng’s Space for International Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2001

Coolness, Common Ground Art Gallery, Windsor, Canada

1996

Recounting of Skin, Art Museum of Capital Normal University, Beijing, China

Selected Group Shows:

2007

The Power of the Universe, Asia Art Center, Beijing, China

La Cina e’ vicina, PAN – Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, Napoli, Italy

China Contemporary Art, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce – Genova, Italy

Pocheon Asia Biennale, Pochen Banweol / Art Hall, Pocheon, Korea

Red Hot: Asian Art Today, Mnseum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

Thermocline of Art-New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

Giants in Illusion, Seoul National Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

The Alteration of Vision, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand

From New Figurative Image to New Painting, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing,

China Onward, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebak, Denmark

Starting from the Southwest-Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Southwest China,

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Chinese Contemporary SOCART, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Feng Zhengjie, Flower of Life, 2007

Feng Zhengjie, Flower of Life, 2007

2006

Varied Images Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1st Annual Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, The China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China

2005

Born in China, Goedhuis Contemporary, London, United Kingdom

2004

New Perspectives in Chinese Painting, Marella Art Contemporary, Milan, Italy Hua Jia Di, China Art Seasons, Beijing, China Chinese Contemporary Art, Marseille Contemporary Art Museum, Marseille, France Forbidden Senses, Espace Culturel Francois Mitterrand, Perigueux, France

2003

Image from Image, Shenzhen Art Museum, Guangdong Province, China Chinart, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Hungary Chinese Art Today, The Art Museum of China Millenium Monument, Beijing, China Femmes de Chine, Veronique Maxe Gallery, Paris, France

2002

Dialogue with Asia, Vika Gallery, Oslo, Norway The First Chengdu Biennial: Beijing Invitation Exhibition, Art Museum of China Century Monument, Beijing

Korea Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul, Korea

2001

The First Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China Who am I? Kempinsky, Beijing, China Dialogue With Dali, Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China

Next Generation: East Asia Contemporary Art, Passage de Retz, Paris, France

2000

The Academic Exhibition of Beijing Oil Painting, Huanyu Sutra Gallery, Beijing China Plane, China Women Center, Beijing, China

Selected Collections:

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, Italy

Busan Museum of Modern Art, Korea

FC MOCA, Manchester, England

Musee Royal des Beaux-Arts du Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Musee d,Arts Contemporain d,Ivry-sur-Seine, France

The Estella Collection, New York, USA

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

The Olenska Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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