The word Re-cover (Xiang Lai) in Chinese folds different dimensions of time. It means the past, the future, the persistent thing and the momentary thing. Only in the overall context can it obtain its semantic meaning. But when used alone, it is a kind of reverberation with a lot of temporal and epochal voice parts stacked inside, or it is piled up arrows seemly with references or crosses.
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space is honoured to announce artist Xiong Wenyun's solo exhibition Re-cover from 26 June to 3 August 2021, showing artists' new paintings in recent two years.
Since 2020, Xiong Wenyun has returned to the field of easel painting and created several series of works in more than a year. As a re-appearance of artists' paintings, this exhibition carries all the most important artistic genes of Xiong Wenyun's past life archives, and is accompanied by her own experiences or personal thinking about the global era-changing events.
The English title of the exhibition is Re-cover, whose basic meaning is to restore and reset. Restore and reset are full of smears, overlays, modifications and offsets. In many such traces of space and time, the world has relaunched its game again and again.
Re-cover theme exhibition includes Xiong Wenyun's recent 'Arrow' series, which is centered on the 'World game' series and combines the three series of 'Game', 'Allegoric tales' and 'Portrait'. The 'World game' series presents the intertwined clues in the new world after the drastic changes in 2020, including the information of life, self-education and global politics. All kinds of arrows have become non-domain things because of their rapid overlapping and replacement. They have become the tides of political games and sometimes childish play, that suddenly surge, retreat, collide and separate. They are strong, free, realistic but vain. The 'Portrait' series is an earlier product among the arrow series, which is an imitation of the arrow with realistic power and program. Once these forces move, from the well-regulated orientation, there will be disorder, clutch and restructuring movement. In the 'Allegoric tales' series, the arrow of reality points to the place beyond the concrete appearance and exists as the allegory. On the contrary, 'Game' series does not contain moral, they are just the free inner state after breaking away from the regulation, an inner self-education and a universal artistic desire which can be shared.
The individual and era origin of the theme exhibition is presented in the literature exhibition and special topic exhibition of Re-cover. In 2020, Xiong Wenyun has experienced an extremely dark moment in her life. 'Time and life' and 'Ars medicina' are the series sketching and abstract paintings which are created around the iron doors, handrails, ventilators, drugs, and windows with only day and night. A new Mandala emerges from here. It is far beyond the field of the so-called 'epidemic art'. Life politics, difference and repetition, thinking and orientation in history have become a grand and profound performance.
Press release courtesy A Thousand Plateaus Art Space.