Floating Ink

Chinese artist Group exhibition

January 30 – February 28, 2016

 A visual feast of contemporary paintings from China.

About the Exhibition: Floating Ink.
Traditional ink wash painting artists spend years practicing basic brush strokes to refine their brush movement and ink flow. In the hand of a master, a single stroke can produce astonishing variations in tonality. The goal of the work is not simply to reproduce the appearance of the subject but to capture its spirit. The art form has been regarded as a form of expressionistic art that captures the unseen inspired modern artists in the West for centuries.  Our Chinese artists in Floating Ink, have been reinventing traditional forms to represent ideas and observations about their contemporary world. Having deep knowledge of and respect for traditional forms, these artists revere their cultural heritage and art traditions at the same time freely experiment with them. Their reinvention leads to transgressive works of social critique, even savage satire while others reflect on elements of their world in a quieter, more personal or thoughtful manner, you will find throughout the exhibition.

 

About the Artists
Zheng Lianjie. 郑连杰,
Born in 1962 in Beijing, actively working in New York and Beijing
The Art of Zheng Lianjie is complex and amazing, his artistic appetite spread across the artistic landscape, including a variety of artistic creation: behavior, behavior, device, conceptual photography and even modern ink and wash. For many years, Zheng Lianjie tried to explore the art of ink painting with different external manifestations and internal thinking to push the ultimate. The works of artists from the body to the mind, from the emotional to the community, full of longing for freedom and the yearning for a better life, calm and heavy. In the eighties Zheng's experimental ink works have abandoned the traditional painting in the aesthetic and realism influence, to re-establish the expression of the image such as color composition, the relationship between line and ink and order. Mysterious model of the universe, nature worship to the criticism of the reality, of social care on ignition character of the myth these are the theme of his behavior art. His ink art is the record of an artist's life, the reality and the ideal of deepening, from abstract to image, is full of wild, spiritual, and divine throughout the artist's sense of freedom of the spirit of self-enlightenment. Practice from the traditional to the contemporary, in a different cultural background creating new forms and continue to go beyond the limits. Zheng Lianjie, completely repositioning of the self-cultural identity in the western culture of self-value, to achieve the soul of the super.
People do not have a desire for freedom, only home. New York critic Robert. Morgan said: "Linjie's ink work process ancient oriental tranquility, flow, self-contrast. His use of color has a strong visual tension and sign, free flowing and full of wild world contrast."

You Si, is now commuting Shanghai, and New Jersey was born in Shanghai to a family of artists. In the eighties, when the nation was beginning to open up and prosper, You Si became a rising star in Beijing’s art circle as he participated in numerous avant-garde, experimental art exhibitions.
In 1987, You Si was invited to visit Australia as a visiting scholar. The following year, he left for the United States, staying there for the next 20 years. Living overseas separated the work of You Si from the trends and movements in China, the defining period of the development of his arts.
You Si's Abstract ink painting is parallel to his personal experience of returning to the "traditional". His painting supported by the Modernist concepts and reasons. Redefining by the restraint and visual beauty of the traditional sense. You Si’s paintings have no clear separation between the traditional ink or modern ink. He refused to confine by the rigid tradition of ink painting and chose to create art that defined himself as a Chinese artist; his abstract ink-and-wash paintings executed on rice paper a distinctly Chinese material usually looked more distinctly Chinese than the work produced by Chinese artists at home.
You Si pays great attention to the technical finesse of painting, as we can see from his delicate brushstrokes and subtle compositions. At the same time, he also achieves in his art an expression of the spirit and metaphysical transcendence. These qualities are relatively lacking in the contemporary art world in China. Living in New York for 12 years, immersed in the impact and western culture and modernism, You Si did not stop him in advancing of his pursue of traditional work, on the contrary, he continued to explore the feasibility of ink all over the world. As a result his paintings full of rich imagination and "uncertainty", and constitute a unique ink language. When the traditional ink and imagination superimposed crash out of ink is the ultimate unique rhythm.

Xue Yaojun 薛耀军, Born in 1965 in Beijing, now lives in Yixing, Jiangsu China. Xue art is focused on representationalism. He insists on combining techniques and concepts, expressing his inner voice through realistic style. Living in a country embraces the paradoxical environment, full of tension and harshness. Xue grasps the subtle differences among surroundings in everyday life. He uses surrealism to represent the helplessness, anxiety, depression, struggle, desire and joy he observes from people, objects and incidents in his life. His figurative metaphors are used to express the condition in modern China, the people in the effort of seeking money, lost themselves in the process, confined to a narrow view of the world in darkness, confusion, emptiness, corruption and despair. However, the true meaning of the artist’s works is the emphasis on the positive. Xue believes, the realization of despair is the beginning of the elimination of despair, salvation, in turn, give live harmony, freshness, and joy. The hidden meaning of his masterworks is seldom realized at the first glance. But the admiration of his artistic skill is unsurpassed by the modern impressionist.

Wu Jun吴軍, Wu Jun was born in Beijing in the 1960's and now an active member in the Shanghai art circle. Wu used modern language to transform his subjects from a passive roles into an active roles. In his works, the "role" of his subject is not always clearly defined, which give his art meaning beyond the imagery, and draw viwer in for closer exploration of the work.  Wu Jun live in two of China's most prosperous cities, his works often reflect the familiarity of his urban surrounding. His N series created to explore the role of individuals within a large group of subjects, as well as exploring how China's historical and cultural integration in the information age is the best example of his work. In mathematics, N stands for infinity, and in his work, the repetitive images represent constant transformation of the society and the contemporary history of modern China. The other theme of the N series is created by using Newspaper medium, Artist feel that in the internet age, information exchange may be quick, but newspaper still delivery powerful and in-depth information that made major impact on people’s live. Although when Newspaper is use as a creative medium, the word lost it’s meanings, but the imagery of the printed text created countless creative freedom.  Wu Jun's skillfully crafted canvas and his ability to communication in modern languages using his canvas, make Wu Jun one of the outstanding artist in Modern China.

Lan Cheng蓝成, was born in 1979 in a small village in Guangxi region, now working in Guangzhou China. The natural beauty of southern China landscape and the traditional rural village life shaped his childhood and impacted his later works. His first taste of modern city life came after he finished school in the village and entered the police academy, the ideal job for many Chinese youths. During his patrol in the city, He starts shooting the street scene as a hobby, without knowing that one day he would become a professional photographer.  After a while merely capturing images on film no longer satisfied his urge to be creative. He acquired a computer and begun to experiment manipulating images digitally, but this only captured his fascination for a short period. He began to feel restless and unfulfilled. Around 2012-2013 Lan took a bold step to abandon his photography altogether to pursue a painting career. The painting medium introduces him to an entirely new frontier of exploration. His paintings often show the complex linkages between humanity and nature, at first, glance, the viewer often thought his works were the creation of western artists. On a closer examination, one can see the influence of traditional Chinese Philosophy deeply embedded in each piece.  After winning the outstanding young artist award in NYC in 2015, Lan Cheng continued to experiment with different styles of art and not afraid to try new feasibility. Lan's approach is fresh and uninhibited; his work displays the complexity and weaknesses between nature and humanity. He is currently experimenting with different styles. He feels that the best way to share the visual message in his abstract work is to engage the best form and style that is best to express his message instead of conforming to a single school of style. He often paints his subject in the most unusual angle he found, and then capture the objects in his paintings, to deliver his abstract works of visual information, he with the brush of skilled performance out early vivid digital photography to capture the moment. Blue said he became the artist is no coincidence; he hopes his abstract works transfer its visual story

Ye Peng's 叶芃, was born in China, now living and working in China & Hong Kong, Graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. his works often exaggerated artistic satire of the world, depicting the strange absurdity world.  His work inspired by the universe, life, personal experiences, the people around, emotional and creative process. He never stopped to explore the impression of life and differences in the creation of constant self-introspection and reflection. The opening of China in the nineties allow more opportunities for the artist to expose to the western modernist painting. 
As a Chinese avant-garde artist, Ye Peng created his unique Asian style "light reflection, anti-awareness video art".  It is unique and innovative, stylish, anti-traditional, and international style. His work depicted the city's erotic, desire and strange concept, with the works of satire in the world, it is China's new generation of pop art and artistic vanguard. He was named the "unconscious shadow" of Chinese contemporary artists international art scene. He was published on the cover of the great American Art Illustrated United States, Artist Portfolio Magazine United State, International Contemporary Art artists. (USA) And many others. His artworks had presented in many exhibitions, in China, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA. In 2015, he was invited to exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Florence Biennal, Italy.
He is a Chinese artist without borders.

Cai Cheng Liang 蔡承良, Born in Shanghai in 1984, now lives in Shanghai and New York. Unlike traditional Chinese artists who only create still images, Tiger Cai is an avant-garde multimedia artist. By employing new technologies, his moving-image-based arts are reforging Tiger’s identity as an artist. Compare with other multimedia artists, Tiger makes works that are closer to the banality of our life, reconstructing social reality, especially in his experimental videos that combine both fictional materials and real-world footage. Cai initially trained as an art historian. He was graduated from Art History department of Shanghai University Fine Art Academy. Later, he came to the US and studied in SVA (School of Visual Arts) for an MFA degree in Photo, Video and Related Media. With both educational backgrounds, Tiger’s work contains a unique style. Most of his videos cannot simply define as video arts in the context of contemporary art. They are something between experimental films and video arts. Tiger creates works of wide-range diversity, changing all the time, and all through different periods of his life, but always focusing the social reality of China. His films sometimes remind an audience of David Lynch’s films, and these film projects usually took Tiger months on production – working with both crews in Shanghai and in New York – using latest techniques from computer art, design and music.