–Chen Fanyuan, Feng Xianbo Contemporary Ink and Calligraphy Art Exhibition
Curator: Luo Fei
Exhibition opening: 20:00 March 16, 2013
Exhibition duration: March 16 to May 4, 2013 (Sundays close)
Add: TCG Nordica Gallery, Chuangku, Xibalu101, Kunming
Ink painting and calligraphy are unique art forms within traditional Chinese culture. For almost a century, western and Chinese cultures have collided and intermingled, a process that has continued to present an ever-changing set of challenges for artists. In the art world, there is no fixed definition or critical stance towards ink painting, calligraphy or other traditional Chinese forms. There is no single answer to the question of how to carry on traditions while also experimenting with the new, and how to overturn past traditions when necessary. In this exhibition, TCG Nordica Gallery has chosen the works of two artists, Chen Fanyuan and Feng Xianbo, who reflect this pluralism.
In Chinese, the title of the exhibition, “Signs,” is meant as a reference to traces, moods, appearances and the world at large. The works presented are not merely depictions of traces of ink on a page, but also of mental states and an inner acknowledgement of the interconnectedness of all things.
Chen Fanyuan is a member of the International Shuxiang Society. As a practitioner of contemporary calligraphy, he uses a wide variety of materials, such as ink, propylene, oil paints, rope, and cloth. By being illegible, his art experiments with and draws attention to the inner character of calligraphy – the spirit of the form that exists even in the absence of actual Chinese characters. Echoes of Abstract Expressionism can be found in his technique and style.
Feng Xianbo graduated from the China Academy of Art with an advanced degree in calligraphy, and is a member of the Xiling Society of Seal Arts. He has a deep understanding of landscape painting and seal-style script, and is very conscious of the aspects of Chinese traditional culture that he inherits. He infuses his canvases with a solemnity and silence reminiscent of Yuan Dynasty landscape paintings, bringing a modern twist to an ancient approach that allows us to experience the self-restraint and patience that characterizes the traditional Chinese arts.
Translated by Becky Davis