NEW VISION – ART OF YOUTH+
EXCELLENT ARTWORK EXHIBITION
At the beginning of the New Year, the China Cultural Centre in Kuala Lumpur heralds in a special edition of annual exhibition. Amid pandemic-hued “tough winter”, the sunshine in Kuala Lumpur is as hot as ever, and everything is infused with exuberant vigor and vitality.
The art of youth also equally renders people imbued with promises.
The exhibition of excellent works of “NEW VISION – Art of Youth +” is in the form of “physical exhibition + online exhibition” with the online version to be launched first. 45 works of 27 young artists are expressed with a sense of the times, which makes the artistic thinking of contemporary Chinese art burst out through the collision spark of thoughts in the balmy land of Malaysia.
In the era of “Internet plus”, new things emerge one after another whilst ideas and consciousness are updated iteratively. In this rapidly changing world, the youth is undoubtedly the most positive, sensitive and dynamic force.
The young artists participating in this exhibition are all selected new talents from the “Young Artist Promotion Program”. As the mainstay of “post-80s”, they graduated from major art colleges or worked in relevant art institutions. They have been in the international field since the beginning of their artistic creation, and their works have been selected for various exhibitions or awards-winning feat.
The Young Artist Promotion Program is premised on the pivot of being home-based but with the international outlook. It strives to discover new artists, furnish opportunities for young artists under the age of 40 to promote art creation, exhibition, academic publication, forums, resident projects and the likes, record their independent thinking and creation, and provide them with a wide range of resources and unlimited possibilities for future development.
Today, when we are buffeted in the context of globalization, the exchange and integration of contemporary art is essential. The significance of this exhibition is perhaps best underpinned by the need to exhibit a comprehensive and objective presentation of the new vista of Chinese contemporary art, especially young artists.
Whilst art is eternal, youth is immortal.
*The physical exhibition will be open for reservations after the Malaysia government officially announces the end of Movement Control Order. Do stay tuned for more!
With the continuous improvement of China’s comprehensive strength and increasing expansion of social openness, senses of time, knowledge reserves and spiritual expressions of Chinese young artists in the current circumstance of globalization, make the art creation become more difficult to be summarized by specific genres of art. More attention has been paid to individual experience by young artists to create a discourse space of “Self”. Young artists keenly discover, accept and process variety kinds of social information, in addition to inheriting and promoting traditional Chinese value orientation, they departure from different context and angles of presentations with international and contemporary art languages, express a brand-new way of thinking of time, life, discipline, environment and other human spiritual value system and social reality by cultural-level symbols and images.
The remarkable artworks created by the new generation of Chinese young artists in this exhibition show the break-through and creative spirit of Chinese contemporary young artists, which represents the current spiritual outlook and creative level of Chinese young artists. Under the current circumstance of strong inter-civilization and people-to-people connections between China and the rest of the world, through this exhibition, we hope more and more people will appreciate the elegance of Chinese young artists, enhance cultural exchanges of civilizations, build bridges of communication, promote mutual understanding and friendship between China and Malaysia to continuously sublime comprehension of cultural exchanges and feel the pulse and echo of the times and spirit together.
1. Ai Xuefeng (艾学峰 )
Surreal sense lies in Ai Xuefeng’s artworks. A confrontational thinking space is created by the infinity of space and the finiteness of people which makes its audiences meditate visually from the distant, frozen time & space and reality. Sense of grandness is expressed by styling and composition of the pictures with perspective of emphasizing and magnification. This kind of actual visual experience changes has introduced a brand-new implication to its audiences.
2. Chen Jinqing (陈金庆 )
Tian Hai Rong Se, “Wu Zhu Sheng Xiang” Series
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Stainless Steel and 24-Carat Gold
3. Chen Zhengqian (陈正乾 )
Born in Guangxi, China, 1981. Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2004, currently lives in Chongqing. In the “Cun Qing Tian Di” series of artworks, there is no obvious structure line between mountains and trees. Main body of the picture is consisted of dense dashes and dots, while short brushwork is both leaves and drawing elements. Therefore, the “dual-concept” meaning has been expressed by these dashes and dots. In the traditional understanding of art, it is commonly accepted that an object is composed by lines and blocks. Lines and colors are drawn according to the internal structure of objects. Leaves which drown by one-touch-drawing skill still considered as block surfaces. Dots (trees) on mountains far away also obey the of close-large and faraway-small visual effect drawing principle.
4.FU YU( 付豫 )
Born in Linfen, Shanxi Province, China, 1982. Graduated from Chengdu Academy of Fine Arts, School of Oil Painting, 2006. Graduated from Chinese National Academy of Arts, Oil Painting Creation and Research Studio, 2009.
5. Ren Yingxin ( 任颖欣)
6. Hu Ke(胡柯)
7. Long Han(龙晗)
Born in Hubei, China, 1985. Graduated from China Academy of Art, School of Painting with a bachelor’s degree. Graduated from Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of Arts), School of Painting with a master’s degree. Currently lives in Hangzhou. In Long Han’s artwork “Landschaft in der Kinder-Köpfen”, the topic is German, translated as “Landscape in Children’s Minds”. The spark of this artwork is originated from the eyes of kids on the streets which often gave him a particular familiar feeling while Long Han was studying in Germany. This, is “Déjà vu”. Long Han tried to combine the portraits of kids in Berlin with the stunning scenery of West Lake in Hangzhou, one unique, special sense and echo has been discovered and raised from this special conjunction.
8.Li Hui( 李慧 )
Born in Shanxi, China, 1991. Graduated from Xi’An Academy of Fine Arts, School of Painting with a bachelor’s degree. Currently lives in Shanxi. By painting out the materials she fancies, Li Hui’s artworks are created based on her familiar Greatness and materials.
9. Li Zhi(李治)
10. Su Zhe(宿哲)
Born in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China 1984. Graduated from Academy of Arts, Minzu University of China, School of Painting. Currently lives in Beijing. By putting oneself into different circumstances, the artist wants the audiences to find the feeling of loneliness and melancholy in their unique inner worlds. Like storytelling, like experience you would never forget
11. Peng Pi(彭丕)
12. Guo Shikun(国仕堃)
Born in Zibo, Shandong Province, China, 1993. Graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2013, executive editor of China Calligraphy. His artworks are selected into the Rongzheng Cup 3rd Shandong Youth Calligraphy Exhibition, North Riverside of Watertown Cup Shandong 6th Calligraphy and Curving Exhibition, Shandong 2nd Youth Calligraphy (Curving) Exhibition and Zhao Mengfu Prize 2nd National Calligraphy Exhibition. His artworks also have been exhibited in Chinese Calligraphy Newspaper, Youth Calligraphy Newspaper and other professional newspaper and magazines.
13. Shen Shubin(申树斌)
Born in Shanxi, China, 1984. Graduated from Shanxi Normal University, School of Art with a bachelor’s degree in 2014. Graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, School of Painting with a master’s degree in 2007. Currently as Director of Painting Teaching and Research Department of Art Design School in Beijing Youth Politics College. He cares a lot about humanity issues during the social transmission in his art creation. He loves animals, he draws animals. Subtle relationships between human and animals transform into carnival on spiritual chaos of animalized human. This kind of surrealism presentation expresses the philosophical introspection and virtualization thinking of the external world from an individual, which makes him a key representative of current magic-realism painting. He puts himself conscientious into the society nowadays and considering two critical questions of this era: entanglement between traditional and contemporary, crony capitalism ruling, insecurity of middle class, ecological crisis… Relationship between “individual” and “human” become closer and closer in the era of globalization and cyber.
14. Shi Pi(石羆)
Born in Tongzu, Guizhou Province, China, 1973. Graduated from Guizhou University, School of Painting with a bachelor’s degree. Shi Pi’s art expressionism belongs to the category which Bergman advocated. Shi Pi’s artworks are filled with symbols and marks from our normal daily lives. Those symbols, marks and words are elements of this portrait of the times. Young artists and painters would never get rid of these symbols and words, they can only reorganize and put these elements in their unique worlds by drawing or painting through their own eyes. Though art of painters has no revolutionary concepts, warm stories are there for us whenever we take a glance at this era.
15. Tang Mingwei(唐明伟)
Born in Sichuan, China, 1985. Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. Tang Mingwei considers marks from mechanical operation processes as a unique kind of emotion. It is the beauty of geometry. Artists tries to imitate them, restore them, sense of controlling lies within the subconsciousness somehow. The author wants to endow one kind of emotion, a rhythm by length-width ratio and color rendering to the simple mechanical bodies. This emotion sometimes specific, sometimes fuzzy, it would be wonderful if someone meets and feels the same type of indescribable mojo.
16. Wang Liwei(王立伟)
17. Wu Qiong(吴琼)
Born in Beijing, China, 1981. Graduated from Beijing Normal University, 2001. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 2006. Currently performs art creation in Beijing and Singapore. This group of artworks has gone through a period of time and development, said the artist. From 2006, the author, who started his overseas study in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, always had the feeling of home-leaving. He began to recall his childhood memories and put them on the canvas since then. “I want to put the things and imaginations which I didn’t or cannot finish when I was a kid”, said the author. As simple the intention is, Wu Qiong walked on his path of “Cartoon” and “Childlike” research. Under the appearance of the children’s images, more attentions have been paid on adult thinking and judgment. During this process, the author tried to avoid pursuing cute cartoon effects aimlessly, and emphasize the connotation and excavability of the artworks, which implies the values and judgments of the author.
18. Xu Na(徐娜)
Born in Shandong Province, China, 1986. Graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, School of Painting with a bachelor’s degree. Graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, School of Painting with a master’s degree. For all the time, Xu Na devoted herself into creations which express relations between human and nature by wooden relief printing techniques and characteristics of black/white. For example, in the artwork Shang Shan Ruo Shui, spiritual concepts and specific vocabularies are expressed by her master skills in the large picture. Characteristics of painting determine limited materials and medias can be used, which would generate artworks those beyond visual experience and draw attentions from audiences. Xu Na uses specific patterns and vocabularies of wooden relief printing reasonably to complete her artworks.
19. Xia Jianning(夏俭宁)
Born in Jiangxi Province, China, 1984. Graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts with a bachelor’s degree, 2007. Figures of Xia Jianning’s painting are pictures of plants those under the microscope. Life is put in between the sky and the earth, gifted with freedom and grows as it wishes. He focused on shapes of lives, grow from the ground, flourishes to the sun. Clusters of plants combines together and forms as a new life, like Tao Te Ching says, one generates two, two generate three, and three generate the universe. The wonders and visions presented in Xia Jianning’s works are exactly the freedom and possibility life gained after humility and innocence.
20. Yang Liqian(杨莉芊)
Born in Guangdong Province, China, 1987. Graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts, School of Digital Media with a bachelor’s degree. Graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts, School of Photography with a master’s degree. Currently lives and works in Beijing.
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21. Zhang Hui(张辉)
Born in Fujian Province, China, 1982. Graduated from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, School of Painting with a bachelor’s degree, 2006. Graduated from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, School of Design with a master’s degree, 2013. Currently lives and works in Hubei. As the signature representatives, Zhang Hui’s print artworks maximized the possibilities of materials in terms of technical processing and reflected the rare, rich, varied and nuanced expressions. To a certain extent, he has promoted the creation of printmaking to a more exquisite and in-depth degree in terms of artistic language. To my understanding, Zhang Hui has made great contribution to printmaking. Furthermore, living reality around him has been noticed with his simple cultural observation. Persistently captures situations of young people who seem lost, anxious, and confused through the surfaces of lives, he reflects one particular kind of independent thinking and attitude.
22. Zhang Tingqun(张庭群)
Born in Fujian Province, China, 1981. Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute with a bachelor’s degree in 2002. Both rational and emotional elements are in Zhang Tingqun’s image world. One particular and extremely touching drawing language has been generated by subtlety combination of these elements. His artworks are mainly abstract paintings on paper and canvas, which are perfect to savor the emotions of simple, elegant, veiled and gentle. Lines are the critical elements in his artworks. His lines, are the lines which Chinese artists draw on the Chinese painting paper. In the concept of Chinese painting, lines are one kind of extractions and refining. Zhang Tingqun’s lines are the painting itself, the symbols exchanges information. It is quite challenging to say which of the lines are redundant, each straight line and curve has its unique role. Black and grey consist the main frame of the picture, Zhang Tingqun uses colors with frugality and serious consideration. Bright yellow and orange interluded in the deep-color tone, which make the entire picture vivid and alive.
Propylene On Canvas, Chinese Painting Brush
23. Zhang Huiying(张慧颖)
Born in Hunan Province, China, 1989. Graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Communication with a bachelor’s degree in 2014. Started postgraduate program in Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, 2015. Contemporary industrial materials have been used in this series of artworks of Zhang Huiying, which express the poetic and pure concepts of ancient lives. Collision of contemporary steel studs and traditional Chinese Ink Painting promoted the classic expression of traditional Chinese art. By combinations of traditional drawing, contemporary design and Chinese ink painting, by using traditional Chinese cultural symbols and contemporary industrial elements as catalysts to express conflictions between modern urban improvements and cultural inheritance. The artwork evolves from regular visual expression modes and breaks through the barrier between time and space, two-dimension and three-dimension, created this Chinese ink artwork in a controllable design method, shows the ideological transboundary and find a harmony path for both design and art.
24. Zhang Ruoyun(张若云)
Born in Guizhou Province, China, 1980. Graduated from the Arts College of Guizhou Minzu University. Joined Guiyang Urban Component Contemporary Art Studio, 2011. Currently lives and works in Guizhou. Majority of Zhang Ruoyun’s artworks are describing vegetables and fruits, some are like specimen slices, some are like structural analysis, some are just like shapes. From these figures, they might have symbolic metaphors, even can be considered as emotion-related narration. In the contrasting overlapping of the color blocks, the images of these dehydrated vegetables and fruits specimens became even more lethargic and lifeless, just like their plain, cold names in the flat and straightforward descriptions, which made people aware of one kind of suppressed anxiety. And this kind of anxiety is often exacerbated by dense dots or skinny lines.
25. Zhang Wenbin(张文彬)
Born in Hebei in 1980 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 2004. Graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 2007 with a master’s degree. Zhang Wenbin’s works simulate a certain characteristic of human thinking in the form of water patterns: always fluctuating, changeful. Those who die like this, regardless of day and night.
There is a rich visual surface, you can see and feel its flow and change, but cannot grasp its specific image. You can’t finish it like a human portrait. You can only rely on imagination and understanding to make up for it. Unfathomable and yet slightly rational. It is through such works to break the boundary between material “water” and human “consciousness”.
26. Zhao Pingqu(赵苹曲)
Born in Luzhou, Sichuan in 1984 and graduated with a master’s degree from the Department of Chinese Painting, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. In 2007, she graduated from the Department of Chinese Painting, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts with a bachelor’s degree. Now she works and lives in Chongqing.
The artist Zhao Pingqu benefited from the extensive reading and research experience of philosophy, religion and feminism. She uses exquisite-cum-meticulous brushwork to express the philosophical thinking of movement and stillness, strength and serenity, life and death between the square inches (constrained space) of fan painting. Her fan paintings are full of “flowers of yin and yang” with great reversal effect, which symbolizes the modern urban women’s pursuit of free personality and the discourse on gender differences. Her animals, leaping above the fan, convey a mystical temperament of Gothic metaphysics, making the audience a split-second or instant philosopher.
27. Zheng Zesheng( 郑泽生)
Born in Fengshun, Guangdong Province, moved to Shenzhen in 1986, emigrated to Canada in 2001, returned to settle in Lijiang, Yunnan in 2005, founded Zheng Zesheng Art Studio, he now works and lives in both Lijiang and Guangzhou.
“Hakuna Matata” series is the main theme of artist Zheng Zesheng in recent years, which is inspired by the artist’s African prairie style. “Hakuna Matata” is an African proverb meaning “carefree with no worries, of dreams come true”. The work adopts the animals of the African prairie as the primary image, refined and deconstructed by the artist, with full and vivid colors, interesting composition and passionate pictures whilst depicting a panorama of the vitality of all things in heaven and Earth. The works artistically portray the beautiful and harmonious facet of the natural ecology.