01 Poster of Painting the Space

This is the first solo exhibition in Beijing of the artist, which will exhibit 22 installations and videos which were created in 2012. Lei Sio Chong is one of the most influential multi-media artists in Macao. In the early 1990s, she learned easel painting under two artists Mio Pang Fei and Un Chi Iam which had a profound and lasting impact on her. Because of her determination and enduring passion toward art, Bianca gave up her job in the government and went to Britain for further study. She obtained a bachelor degree from the School of Art & Design of Nottingham Trent University firstly and a master degree from the Middlesex University. Now she is a full-time lecturer at Macao Polytechnic Institute.

In the days of learning and practicing in Europe, Western modern art influenced her to a great extent, and this fostered liberation from the traditional principle of concentrating on technique rather than ideas, which is a critical rule of easel painting. This transformation marks the new chapter of her pursuit in art. Returning from Britain, Lei Sio Chong became one of practitioners of experimental art in Macao. By being involved in research and the study of art in related concepts, the artist excludes herself from commercial influence. All through the years, Lei Sio Chong has been dedicated to teaching, art research and exploration of multi-media and experimental art. So far her works have been exhibited in the USA, the UK, Germany, Portugal, Hong Kong and Macao etc. Moreover, she has also curated a number of video and installation exhibitions and provides guidance to a group of young experimental art artists.

The artworks displayed in this exhibition reflects a consistent “experimental style” of the artist, both installation and video art are her research subjects throughout the years. These 22 installations overturn the public impression of painting. Painting is no longer a mode which artists draw on canvas, paper, wall, cloth with brush and knife, or an imitation of objects and scenes. In the post-modern language, painting is rather a form of expression, embracing a profound diversity. In this exhibition, the concept of “Haute couture” is introduced, the artist tailor-made her creation according to the space of AFA.

Rather than saying that she is exploring the relationship between art and space with an experimental method, it is more accurate to say that she is trying to provoke public thinking toward the philosophic issue, “what is painting?”, and “what is beauty?”. The title of this series is named “Painting is painting is painting is painting is……”, with the usual material, Lei Sio Chong creates an “unacquainted” object. If painting is an unlimited space, two dimensions is no longer a limit. If painting is a relationship, then painting is no longer imitation. If painting is dilapidation, painting no longer signifies perfection. Painting is everything one can imagine.This exhibition is partly sponsored by Secretariat of Social Affairs and Culture, the Cultural Affairs Bureau Macao SAR Government and Macao Foundation.

About the exhibition

Date: 2012.11.03-2013.01.06

Opening: 2012.11.03 16:00

Venue: AFA Beijing

Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00 (9/22-3/22), 10:30-17:30 (3/23-9/21) (Closed on Monday and Public Holiday)

Add: 706 North First Street,No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road,Chaoyang District, Beijing

By Bus: Take Bus 401, 402, 405, 445, 909, 955, 973, 988, 991 to Dashanzi

Tel: (8610)-59789625

Email: beijingafa@gmail.com

Courtesy of the artist and AFA Beijing, for further information please visit www.afamacau.com.

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