Liu Weijian's paintings are impressive in scale as well as in consistency. Mostly held in douche and dark colours, however, there is something unsettling and uncanny in his painted environments. Cryptic titles such as Mentally Disabled People's Thoughts Impossible to Approve, Gambling without Answer, and Superstition's Implication also indicate that there is more at stake than just what is visible to the naked eye. He elaborates on the notion of space, both interior and exterior, and how such spaces seem to construct their own narrative. Often, these places are laden with anonymity and vastness, whether it be new industrial buildings or run-down generic habitats. Among Liu's favourite techniques is to juxtapose the indoors and the outdoors to create an otherworldly terrain. Adding to the aura of ambiguity is what he does in his paintings. His scenes, which commonly feature windows and doors, tend to serve as a reminder that there are other worlds just outside his canvas.Read More
His latest series of paintings titled The Call of the Crows feature simple and ordinary objects such as a fax-machine, a sink, a television, a table, and a traffic light. Similar to his earlier works, these images are conducted with immaculate skill. Each element, whether naively or realistically rendered, is deftly balanced by visual authenticity; Liu Weijian's technical ability and sincere connection to his vernacular are ever present.
Liu Weijian (b.1981) lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University of Art (2005). Recent exhibitions include The Idea Before Sunrise, Galería Yusto, Giner, Malaga, Spain (2012); Farewell my Country – Liu Weijian Solo Exhibition, Gallery Louis Vuitton Maison, Hong Kong (2011); China Power Station, Part IV, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy (2011); Antenna – Solo Exhibition, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2010).
The last decade has seen an extraordinary interest in the art of China, yet Hong Kong artists have been significantly overlooked in this bubbling and frothing phenomena. It is timely therefore that Ai Weiwei, arguably the most well-known of the Chinese artists, has chosen to curate an exhibition in Hong Kong featuring only Hong Kong artists; and...