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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Huang Kui

b. 1977, China

No matter the form, be it installation, action art, or painting, there is always a retaliatory abreaction inherent in Huang Kui's art. The origin of his works seems to be disorderly inanition. Instead the art consists of a sort of sensitivity and attention to detail which expresses a desire to fight against modern politics. His extreme messages suggest poignant revolt; still they manage to maintain goodwill. These pieces are the illustration of the developing group phenomenon, understood through an analysis of individual behavior. Huang Kui is always trying to wake your consciousness with such compelling images; he then leaves you alone with the details to decipher a deeper meaning.

Huang Kui, Born in Renshou, Sichuan Province in 1977, graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts College, Oil Painting Department. Living and working in Shanghai. Recent solo exhibition including: My Projection is Focusing, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai(2011); They still look beautiful, ShanghART at Huaihai Rd 796, Shanghai (2009); AD. 210 I, BizArt, Shanghai (2007). Recent exhibition including Holzwege, ShanghART West Bund Opening Exhibition, Shanghai (2016); TransMedia Art & Fashion Exhibition, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai (2012); Things From the Gallery Warehouse 3, Huang Kui & Zhang Ding, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2011); Shanghai History in Making from 1979 till 2009, Shanghai (2009); The 3rd Nanjing Triennial, Reflective Asia, RCM ART MUSEUM, Nanjing (2008); China! China! China!!! Chinese Contemporary Art beyond the Global Market, Italy (2008); Biennale Cuvée, Weltauswahl der Gegenwartskunst (World Selection of Contemporary), Austria (2008); 52nd International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia Migration Addicts, Italy (2007) etc.

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Featured Artworks

Abandoning the Universe by Huang Kui contemporary artwork Huang KuiAbandoning the Universe, 2016 Acrylic on paper
100 x 90 cm
Gray Ashtray by Huang Kui contemporary artwork Huang KuiGray Ashtray, 2013 Oil on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Probability 50% by Huang Kui contemporary artwork Huang KuiProbability 50%, 2010 Oil painting
160 x 163 cm

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Side Lanes 辅路 at ShanghART, Shanghai
Closing Soon
18 January–24 February 2019 Group exhibition Side Lanes 辅路 ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Carte Blanche: Awkward at ShanghART, Shanghai
15 December 2018–17 February 2019 Group exhibition Carte Blanche: Awkward ShanghART, M50, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Starlight at ShanghART, Shanghai
8 January–9 February 2014 Group Show Starlight ShanghART, M50, Shanghai

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