Wayne Warren, Fall, 2017; Installation, lenticular

Wayne Warren, Fall, 2017; Installation, lenticular

Seven established English & Chinese artists working in photomedia, animation (interlacing), drawing painting, objects and site installation will be shown in Red Gate Gallery, Beijing.

The eight artists – four British and four Chinese – have established reputations as contemporary artists working in a range of media with a diversity of practice.

The artists are: Wayne Warren (UK), Ren Han (PRC), Cindy Ng Soi Ieng (Macau / PRC), Feng Yan (PRC), Andy Holden (UK), Wang Zhiyuan (PRC), Cornford and Cross (UK).

Many of the eight artists have had experiences – eg studying, exhibiting – in each of the two cultures. The works represent an international style, while also assuming a sense of their particular cultural source. For example, the ink works of Cindy Ng and Ren Han contain reference to traditional Chinese ink painting without overtly adhering to the styles of the past.

Cindy Ng, Rhythm No. 9, 2016; digital ink painting, 80cm dia

Cindy Ng, Rhythm No. 9, 2016; digital ink painting, 80cm dia

Ren Han, Mirror No. 22, 2015; Painting, Pencil on paper, mounted on board, 70x83cm

Ren Han, Mirror No. 22, 2015; Painting, Pencil on paper, mounted on board, 70x83cm

The idea of what constitutes ‘reality’, in terms of human existence in the world, has always been a subject of philosophical and psychological positions inherited or adopted by individuals or groups – religious, political, social, academic.

The Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, constantly crosses the divide between the ‘tangible, everyday’ reality and the subconscious spiritual world, which may be a form of utopia, or dystopia, or both intersecting – memories, supernatural imaginings, fears and aspirations all lead to metaphysical states of being in which supposed concrete barriers are dissolved or impregnated so that one is transposed to ‘another world’ – a virtual reality.

The artworks selected by the curator, Reg Newitt (EDGE projects), to address the idea of the unknown, do so in many different forms – including non-representational and figurative; painting, photomedia, copper sheet, lenticular and video.

The exhibition will open on Saturday 22nd of April and continue until Sunday 7th of May 2017.

Feng Yan, Paintings 03, 2014; painting, installation, 148x98cm

Feng Yan, Paintings 03, 2014; painting, installation, 148x98cm

Wang Zhiyuan, Three Stages Toward Loyalty, Stage 3-Freedom, 2015; Video, animation

Wang Zhiyuan, Three Stages Toward Loyalty, Stage 3-Freedom, 2015; Video, animation

About the exhibition

Dates: Apr 22, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Venue: Red Gate Gallery

Courtesy of the artists and Red Gate Gallery, for further information please visit www.redgategallery.com.

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