Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

  • Artist: Guan XiaoGuan YongJiang ZhiTang YongxiangWang ZhongjieYu HongleiZhuang HuiLiang Wei

    Date: May. 15 - May. 18, 2014(Privateview:May. 14,2014)

    Art Basel Hong Kong | Magician Space

    Venue: Galleries Section / Hall 1  Booth 1D33
               Film Section / agnès b. CINEMA at the Hong Kong Arts Centre
    VIP Preview:14 May 12:00 - 17:00

    Galleries Section


    Guan Yong’s seminal paintings apply a visual language that is simultaneously informed by China’s history of revolutionary art as well as conceptual influences underpinning a new system of contemporary information exchange. In Guan’s paintings of book-filled shelves, sensory details such as pigment, color, and texture are augmented with a pictorial flatness. With this method, a painterly ‘expression’ is subdued and visual details are only partially included. Combining a color palette inspired by revolutionary art and the minimal vernacular of modern culture, the bookshelves outline a backdrop for a ‘utopian’ world to emerge. Presenting a concise color study of the everyday materials, this iconic series of work testifies to a new vocabulary of painting. 

    Guan Yong (b. 1975, Shandong Province) currently lives and works in Beijing. Exhibitions include major solo shows at Interalia Art Company, Seoul (2013); Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2007); and other exhibitions include Today Art Museum, Beijing (2011); MOCA Jackson, Florida (2010); Felix Ringel Gallery, Dusseldorf (2008); Arario Gallery, Beijing (2006); Minguan Art Center, Shanghai (2005); and Sungsan Art Hall, Busan (2004).

    Jiang Zhi

    Jiang Zhi’s practice engages with a range of media from video, photography, writing, and sociology to interrogate the nature of images. In the work ‘Curtain Call’, the answering curtain call is regarded as the last step of the show. The actress removes herself from the semiotic system of the stage in anticipation of a re-entry back into the semiotic system of ‘daily life’. The actress expresses her thanks, while the audience applauses – the return to monotony and its relay of predictable meaning seems inevitable. Jiang Zhi’s ‘Curtain Call’ interrupts this cycle as he delays and repeats the curtain call continuously so that it becomes a type of ‘performance’ – one that emerges and begins at the end of a show.

    Jiang Zhi (b. 1971, Hunan Province) currently lives and works in Beijing. Exhibitions include major solo shows at Times Museum, Guangzhou (2012) and Saamlung, Hong Kong (2012). Other selected exhibitions include: Museo Colecciones ICO, Madrid (2011); CAFAM Biennial, Beijing (2011); 5th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai (2004); 50th Venice Biennale, Venice (2003); and 4th Gwangju Biennial, Korea (2002).

    Liang Wei

    Liang Wei is a painter and video artist. Her paintings hover on the edge of chaos, retaining their coherence through the effort and participation of the viewer. This dissection between chaos and coherence mirrors the distinction between an external reality of a world going through violent and confusing change, and each person’s need for a stable psychological state.  In her paintings, images are dissected and rearranged until their lines and colours bleed into each other to form new pictorial meaning.

    Liang Wei (b.1966, Hubei Province) currently lives and works in Beijing. Major exhibitions include “The Garden of Diversion” Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (2013), 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2012); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011); and China Power Station, Battersea Power Station, London (2005).

    Tang Yongxiang

    Tang Yongxiang has often mentioned in interviews, ‘…even if I am unsure exactly what an object really is, there will always be a certain ‘object’ captured. It is this ‘thing’ that will be facing you. However you may paint it, it will never quite be enough.’ Akin to discovering a scene cleared away just after an accident, Tang Yongxiang is interested in revealing a trove of submerged pieces. This idea of an underlying current with each individual eye produces a unique effect to unravel all kinds of clues and generate new connections. The relationship between human identity and its dark side is buried within the painting. Or viewed from another perspective: after a process of cleansing vestiges of memory, they can be regarded as the final remnants reduced into purified symbols - together they convey an unceasing reflection and exploration with each creation.

    Tang Yongxiang (b.1977, Hubei) graduated with a Master’s Degree in Hubei Institute of Fine Arts and currently lives and works in Beijing. Exhibitions include major solo shows at Magician Space, Beijing (2014) and Hemuse Gallery, Beijing (2012). Other selected exhibitions include: Today Art Museum, Beijing (2011); Ho-Am gallery, Korea (2008); Beyond gallery, Shenzhen (2008); New gallery, Shanghai (2008); and Soka Art Center, Beijing (2008).

    Wang Zhongjie

    Wang Zhongjie has remained in his hometown in Henan Province his whole life, using the ritualistic act of painting to reveal a distinctive study of empty space and color. Revealing a philosophical sensibility, the pared down layers of paint evoke subtle nuances of light and a technique of distilling colors around the canvas edge is adopted as an exercise to imprint the personal state of the artist. Eluding stylistic formulas imparted by institutions, Wang Zhongjie paintings form an individually responsive enigmatic visual language framing his ongoing ruminations of the ‘essence of existence’.

    Wang Zhongjie (b. 1972, Henan Province) currently lives and works in Henan. He has exhibited in major solo exhibitions in An Art/V Art Center, Shanghai (2013); Baraccano Museum, Bologna Italy (2012); and Magician Space, Beijing (2012). Major group exhibitions include M50 Arts Space, Shanghai (2013); Henan Art Museum, Henan (2010); and The National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2006).

    Yu Honglei

    Yu Honglei is one of the most compelling young artists emerging from China today and working in sculpture and video. His unique artistic oeuvre combines order and emotional memory, using literary methods to produce a narrative atmosphere. Through the transformation of material and an intentional use of repetition and careful placement, the artist is able to realize the expansion of content so that an object’s appearance and the name of an artwork coalesce into a poetic discourse of unfinished statements. He has also created projects that interact with space, placing audiences into limited or intentionally planned spaces to explore the various degrees separating objective and subjective existence.

    Yu Honglei (b. 1984, Inner Mongolia Province) currently lives and works in Beijing. Exhibitions include major solo shows at Magician Space, Beijing (2013). Other major group exhibitions include: Uferhallen, Berlin (2014; The 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Shenzhen (2012); MOCA Shanghai Museum, Shanghai (2011); V&A museum, London (2008); National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul (2007); Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2007); and Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei (2007).

    Zhung Hui & Dan'er

    Zhuang Hui and Dan’er have collaborated together since 2005. Working in large-scale installation, photography, sculpture, and painting, the artist duo frequently scrutinizes the overlap between visual appearance and material value to engage with politics, social meaning, and questions of visibility in culture. Working across a range of materials and meticulous production techniques, previous works include using wooden off-cuts produced from the labor of a carpenter as well as an ambitious monument inspired by the historical Dashuifa Fountain ruins. Rather than simply ‘replicating’ imagery and symbols from events and daily life, the artists’ are interested in how these images can be manipulated to contradict our perceptions and instigate an on-going ‘conversation’, not only between recorded history and an artist’s interpretation, but also between the two artists themselves. 

    Zhuang Hui (b. 1963, Gansu Province) lives and works in Beijing. Together with Dan’er, in 2009 they had a major exhibition at the Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Beijing. Previous group exhibitions include Shanghai Biennale 2012, Shanghai (2012); Galleria Continua, Beijing (2010); Today Art Museum, Beijing (2011); Yuz Art Museum, Jakarta (2010); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2007); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2005); Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern (2005); Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon (2004). Dan’er (b. 1983, the North of Shanxi Province) lives and works in Beijing. Solo exhibitions include Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing (2009). Previous group exhibitions include: Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing (2011); Today Art Museum, Beijing (2011); Galleria Continua, Beijing (2010); Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong (2010).

    Film Section 

    Guan Xiao

    Guan Xiao works with video and sculpture in combination with other mixed media in order to present the world as a ‘flat surface and mixed-situation’ in her work. Guan Xiao explores various chronologies by drawing from a vast pool of information found in places such as satellite television and online streaming sites. She has developed her own particular visual language in order to re-integrate and interweave a rich variety of materials and ideas. For the artist, everything in the digital era can be potential material intertwined in a perpetual process of reading and manipulation. Related to processes of learning and how knowledge is built, Guan Xiao deftly shapes a new ‘world-view’ – one that reaffirms a lack of hierarchy and explores how new connections emerge from actions of ‘looking’ and ‘practice’.

    Guan Xiao (b. 1983, Chongqing) currently lives and works in Beijing. In 2006, she received a BA in directing at Communication University of China. Guan Xiao contributed a text for Hans Ulrich Obrist’s publication ‘The Future will be… China’ and her work has featured in publications such as Frieze Magazine. Recent exhibitions include HuMKA, Antwerp (2014); Uferhallen, Berlin (2014); Magician Space, Beijing (2013); OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai (2013); Taikang Space, Beijing (2012); MOCA Shanghai Museum, Shanghai (2011); and V & A Museum, London (2008).