From Naive to
Chinese art is a mirror reflecting the nation's phantasmagoric faces. Focused on the Chinese facial expressions, Amelie Gallery's annual retrospective exhibition jumps the fence that divides contemporary from Classic art. From naive primitive legacy in 1950s to post-80s avant-garde's urban apologue, the curatorial perspective is looking out for the spectacular Chinese sentiment that underlines China's visual creativity, embracing diverse mediums like oil paintings, woodcuts, photography, comic book, digital drawings and colored paper cuts etc.
New media artist Li
JingRu's urban fantasy (Digital Drawing, Limited Edition) features
Li's Urban Apologue, city youths tattoo their faces with
fashionable flower patterns. Without lasting memory, tonight's relationship
will fade away next morning, body intimacy is the only means of communication,
and human existence is reduced to mere physical. His another work Boys
of Beliefs presents a fantasized spiritual fairyland, in
which faceless cartoon boys march heroically in a war zone like computer
game, nuclear bombs drop on Chinese lotus, Buddha rests on mushroom cloud...
Other works depict sentimental Chinese beauty posing against Song Dynasty's landscape, Mask of Happiness smashed, crescent lost in the water, Goddess of Paper cut prays in a declining pavilion...the multi-layered complexity echoes China's astonishing social transformation.
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