For the 2019 Galleries sector (Booth 3C11), Tang Contemporary Art will present a selection of works by major artists from across the gallery's program, such as Zhao Zhao, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Qin Qi and Huang Yongping.
Qin Qi (b.1975) came into prominence after his solo exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art in 2017. He creates work that both negates and advances style and ideas, forging a distinctive path for himself within a new generation of painting. His oeuvre and values always go through fundamental transformations. An expansiveness of vision and a diversity of style have become typical traits of Qin's paintings. Whereas the Fauves were initially inspired by African and South American art, Qin visited areas of Tibet and various Southeast Asian countries to produce his recent body of work. He often uses exaggerated colours to create canvases illustrating ethnic minorities and political figures. Untitled is an oil painting that depicts artist's friend who stayed in a refugee camp in Kokang region in Myanmar helping local households.
Zhao Zhao (b.1982) will be presented with his ongoing series Constellations and One Second. In 2013, the artist decided to conduct an experiment involving gunshots and glass, a difficult undertaking in China where with very few exceptions private ownership of guns is illegal. This resulted in creating a series of oil paintings titled Constellations and depicting the cracking patterns formed by bullet holes on shattered glass. These paintings are reconstructions of what occurred when bullets penetrated glass, creating an image of an unimaginable power, suggestive of events that occurred at the beginning of the universe. From many thousands of delicate brushstrokes there emerge constellations of pulsating forms that startle with their energy. One Second series establish a dialogue about depictions of time. When creating the One Second drawings, the artist held in one hand ten pencils and within one second marked a piece of paper with a grouping of lines. From these spontaneous works, he then went about meticulously translating the hyper-realistic image onto canvas in oil paints.
Selected highlights will also include Zhao Zhao's newly made installation Cat that is part of his latest series In Extremis. The work will be featured in the 2019 edition of Encounters sector (EN11). In Extremis originates in Latin and means 'at the point of death'. It also was the title of Zhao Zhao's solo exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art Beijing in 2018. The idea of the exhibition came to Zhao Zhao after witnessing traces of a dead cat's body spread over the road and flattened into the asphalt by passing vehicles outside his studio. This installation encourages visitors to form their own understanding of human perseverance and examines how various groups of people confront their own mortality, as well as whether mortality can be seen as a connection between memory and detachment. Zhao Zhao will also join Conversations program that runs alongside the show. The Conversations panel will take place on Friday March 29 from 5 to 6:30 pm at the room N101B located on the Level 1 of HKCEC.
The gallery is thrilled to join the upcoming edition of Film sector with Yuan Gong's video Scented Air·The Stroll showing the artist carrying fog-making devices and strolling at documenta 13, Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Berlin's Reichstag building, and the Milan Railway Station among others, attracting public attention, the involvement of the police and media. The work will be featured in the short film program With or Without People and the screening will be held on Thursday March 28 from 4 to 5 pm at HKCEC room N101A.
Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Rd,Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Private View (by invitation only)
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 2pm to 8pm
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1pm to 5pm
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5pm to 9pm
Friday, March 29, 2019, 1pm to 8pm
(12 noon to 1pm VIP viewing only)
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1pm to 8pm
(12 noon to 1pm VIP viewing only)
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 11am to 6pm