Lai Jinna, “Pineapple”, ball-point pen on paper, 48 x 60 cm, 2010

The opening of “A Full Void: Lai Jinna’s Artworks” will be held on March 22, 2014 at 01100001 in Red No. 1 at Caochangdi Art Village in Beijing. It is Lai’s first solo exhibition, she will present over 30 works of color pencil and ballpoint as well as an installation.

Lai Jinna’s artworks in color pencil and ballpoint made their debut in a series in 2010. In “A Full Void” No. 1 and No. 2, pencils of four colors, red, green, blue and yellow, are used alternately to produce small and colorful patches of detailed and uniform strokes. Moving closer to the drawings, we can detect the indistinct outline of the objects. Those strokes of thin lines that start and end at particular places work to give complex forms and structures, like a flower basket, a vase, or vibrant flowers. Viewed as a whole, they are abstract and hazy noises produced by the uniform colors that change and repeat in a certain order, but surprisingly they become distinct realistic images when looked at more closely and more carefully. It challenges conventional modelling in drawing when she reverses two senses which we get from an overall view and a partial view respectively, one of formal reality, the other of abstract form.

It is one of “all those outcomes” Lai embraces. Born in Xi’an in 1985, she settled down in Beijing with her family in her childhood. Upon graduating from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, she rented a studio in Beijing where she created a number of conventional acrylic paintings on canvas, including landscape, animals, figures, as well as some experiments in from. These works, fresh and lively, tell us of her artistry, attainment, talent, as well as an open mind. When the surroundings and conditions for creation changed after she moved with her family to a villa in Miyun in the northern suburbs of Beijing, she found herself drawing, in color pencil and ballpoint, livestock, fruit, vegetables and other things that were close to her life there. The tempo in the villa, gardening, and the simple and repeated everyday life, all contributed to the changes in her style of art.

This experience meant opening up to the self. After all that comes into the focus of her view is reduced to the minimum, what remains is only the inseparable: material for drawing, objects and action. When she fully concentrates on the dense lines, style, tradition, rules and fashion are all shut in an irrelevant dimension—the drawing is nothing but the result of drawing as a series of actions. In this case the animals and the flowers in her drawing, freed of multiple implications as images, present merely the “appearance”, while the images, as the outcome of drawing as a chain of actions, are delicately and exquisitely rendered. With deepened understanding and new experience gained from her continued concentration, she gradually reaches the core of the material. These drawings reveal that she is depending on the instinctive and unconscious experience that can “work automatically”, but in a broader analysis, she is determined to accept all the outcomes.

Lai has been focusing on the multiple relations between objects, forms and images, and her works reveal a psychologistical perspective of an integrated relationship, which provides another way of observation, expression and form of expression. “Inward looking”, “inward expression” and “invisible images” become distinctive features of these works. Accompanying these pencil and ballpoint artworks, there is also an installation made of pencil stubs and thick branches from the pruned trees. It is another “outcome of the actions” that teaches us to view and understand in different perspectives.

About the exhibition

Duration: June 22 – May 18, 2014, Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 -18:00

Venue: 01100001 Gallery, Red No.1, Caochangdi Art Village, Chaoyang, Beijing 100015, China

Courtesy of the artist and 01100001 Gallery, translated by Chen Peihua and edited by Sue/CAFA ART INFO.

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