2019 Art Chengdu

  • Artist: Jiang zhi Liang wei

    Date: Apr. 28 - May. 2, 2019(Privateview:Apr. 28,2019)

    Booth C09
    Art Chengdu
    Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center

    Preview | 2019.04.28 - 04.29

    Public Days | 2019.04.30 - 05.02

    The 2nd Art Chengdu will be held from April 28 to May 2 at Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center, Magician Space BoothC09. Magician Space will present a series of works by artists Jiang ZhiandLiang Wei.

    Jiang Zhi (b.1971, Yuanjiang City, Hunan Province) is a Beijing-based artist who graduated from the China Academy of Art in 1995. Widely recognised as one of the foremost figures working across multiple media including documentary, video, photography, painting and fiction, Jiang Zhi has produced a vast body of work that continues to examine humanity and social issues. Having developed an iconic and distinctive visual aesthetic, his work interweaves the individual’s condition in society and a sensitivity to the internal motivation of language. Photography series Love Letters (2014) seizes the extract moment when the burning flowers still retain their shape and liveness. In these works, Jiang Zhi adopts an emotive but minimalist language that conveys the interdependency of the self and the external world, attempting to seek alternative in the upheavals of threatening political disruption. In the photography series Fade (2016-2017), the artist highlights the acrylic, silk and glass flowers as subjects that are artificial, seemingly permanent, and ever-green.By reconstructing the décor of a common Chinese household in the 1980s, the artist allegorises the foregone epochal aestheticism and romantic imagination of a good life. This vision stands as a stark contrast to our present age, where one enjoys an ever-accelerating pace of change and volatility, yet foregoing a safe space to deposit one’s feelings and desires. Through the video work To Look and To Know, or Amor Fati (2016), Jiang Zhi inquires into how the perception of objects come into being. It looks to elaborate on the processes of looking and comprehending, revealing how our perceptual mechanisms are molded and transformed, as well as its connection to a spectrum of bodily sensations. 

    Liang Wei is a painter and video artist based in Beijing. She graduated from L’Art Plastiques Universite Des Sciences Humanines De Strasbourg, France in 1999. Liang Wei’s recent works reflect a new type of change. The recent decade has seen a major leap in technologies, specifically those related to giving vision and form to virtual reality. In film, on screen, as a game or piece of entertainment, “virtual” is less and less manmade in appearance. As a result, the applications for image-making, the tools for manipulation offer an artist infinite possibilities for experimentation. In 2015, with a range of resources at her fingertips, and where the elements and details could be extracted from a virtual plane, Liang Wei began rethinking the means of inventing her own pictorial worlds on canvas. As if to highlight the idea of the worlds in her two-dimensional compositions as being “nowhere” in a physical or geographical sense, the backgrounds are non-descript. They appear to be white, but that is an illusion. Beneath, may lie several layers of colour. The use of lines remains a core element of her approach but, today, they are clearly less graphic, or machine-made in their form, instead they flow, undulate, in a more personal or emotive way. They still carry some flavor of a blueprint, but there are no boundaries to the shapes that may remain, or to any of the things that were part of the initial inspiration.