Edouard Malingue proudly presents a rising star of Chinese contemporary art, Yuan Yuan (b. 1973, Zhejiang) and renowned French contemporary artist Laurent Grasso (b. 1972) at ART021, 2014.
Yuan Yuan studied in the Oil Painting Department of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Through depicting enclosed and open space on the canvas, Yuan Yuan explores a passage of architectural traces of humanity and time. his brush illustrates a silence with a doomsday's desolate atmosphere. The audience is able to feel from the residual traces left behind through the incredible details.
"Everything is possible; not everything can be explained." These are the key tenets of the visionary French artist Laurent Grasso. For the past 10 years, Grasso has created a series of ambitious multimedia projects dedicated to the mysterious and the inexplicable. His fascinating works seem to exist somewhere between reality and science fiction, both alarming and seducing the viewer.
Born in 1972, Laurent Grasso is acclaimed as one of the most prominent artists among peers and he started out his successful career in the early 21st century. He was awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2008. A lot of Grasso's works are exploring the modern world of mechanics and systems, and combines history of art, technology, philosophy and movies to create extraordinary visions. At the same time, Grasso unsettles the viewer's certainties through habitual experience, challenge the knowledge and re-examination, to enlarge or change people's view of the inherent fundamental. Through his neon works, videos, installations, paintings and sculptures, Grasso takes the viewer on a magical mystery tour, posing the question, what is real and how far can we accept what we see at face value.