Poster of Blank to Blank

The “blank canvas” is both a temptation and a danger. Whether it is monochrome abstract painting or the extreme conceptualism of the readymade, Western contemporary art is confronting the crisis of excess theatre and casualness that followed the rise of minimalism. A return to the limitations of art, a reopening of the plane and the finding of new connections between the materiality of technique and the elementality of nature is perhaps the path to future possibilities in art.

This art exhibition, entitled Blank to Blank, continues with the ideas explored in the previous Infra-Mince exhibition, continuing the transformation of the remnant philosophy of “leaving blankness” in Chinese culture and incorporating the free and open space of the West, using the “absorptivity” and “emptiness” of ink to form a new “remnant white” and thus engage in a reverse-reconstruction of a “non-dimensional plane” and produce a new formal language comprised of “shades of white”.

Chen Qi, Chronicle No.2, 2012; Water Block Printing, 180x380cm

Chen Qi, Chronicle No.2, 2012; Water Block Printing, 180x380cm

Chen Guangwu, Huang Xiang's Ji Jiu Zhang in relief, 2013; painting on paper, 147x365cm

Chen Guangwu, Huang Xiang’s Ji Jiu Zhang in relief, 2013; painting on paper, 147x365cm

Liu Guofu, Untitled, 2013; Oil on Canvas, 120x90cm

Liu Guofu, Untitled, 2013; Oil on Canvas, 120x90cm

If Chinese contemporary art is to give a gift that can be universally shared, that gift must meet three conditions: it must be connected to the spirit of traditional Chinese ink painting; It must reconstruct the literati aesthetic; and it must open up a new plane and visual language through a reconstruction of non-dimensionality.

The artists featured in this exhibition at Soka Art Beijing use the rich contrasts or “dialogues” between white and white, white and black, qi and white, jade and white, remnants and white, nothingness and white, emptiness and white, the infra and white, light and white and betweenness and white to present the enchantment of reverse reconstruction in unique ways while also attempting to provide new forms for Chinese art.

Liang Quan, "Untitled", 2013; rice paper, ink and color, collage, 90x120cm

Liang Quan, “Untitled”, 2013; rice paper, ink and color, collage, 90x120cm

Shen Qin, Black Ink Painting -Metasequoia-White House, 2013; ink on rice paper, 135×2cm, 135×65cm×3

Shen Qin, Black Ink Painting -Metasequoia-White House, 2013; ink on rice paper, 135×2cm, 135×65cm×3

Xiang Yang, Dust in Evolution III, 2013; mixed media, wood board, lacquer, a sealed bag, 300mx250cm

Xiang Yang, Dust in Evolution III, 2013; mixed media, wood board, lacquer, a sealed bag, 300mx250cm

Qiu Shihua, Untitled, 2010; Oil on Canvas, 150 x294cm

Qiu Shihua, Untitled, 2010; Oil on Canvas, 150 x294cm

About the exhibition

Philosopher Director: Dr. Xia Kejun

Curator: Eva Lee

Participating Artists (in order by age): Qiu Shihua, Liang Quan, Shen Qin, Chen QI, Liu Guofu, Xiang Yang, Chen Guangwu

Working Time: 10:00-18:30 (Tue – Sun)

Tel: 010-59784808

Add: No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road, 798 Art, Chaoyang District, Beijing (Creative Square Westward 100M)

Courtesy of the artist and Soka Art Center, for further information please visit www.soka-art.com.

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