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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Wei Ligang

b. 1964, China

Wei Ligang, whose traditional moniker is ‘Owner of Er’yu Hall’, was born in Datong City in Shanxi Province. Although he entered the mathematics department of Nankai University in 1981, he pursued a budding interest in calligraphy, seal cutting and painting in his free time and began his studies of calligraphy under the renowned Li Henian in the same year. He is now living and working as a free artist in Beijing and is considered one of the most important figures in promoting contemporary Chinese calligraphy.

Since the mid-1980s, Wei has been studying and creating modern calligraphy. During this time he has attempted to develop a systematic revolution within the field of calligraphy in order to explore a new possibility of ink brush creation.

Wei’s works can be classified into three sets. The first set takes the style of modern calligraphy with a freehand foundation and adapts traditional rules inside calligraphy creation. This style mixes conventional strokes with painting ideas, whilst at the same time inheriting the spirit of the modern Japanese calligraphic school, in trying to delineate the border between abstract and concrete. The second set utilizes experimental ink applied in the abstract form, mixed with new materials like lacquer and propylene, with the aim to build a bridge between Chinese and Western paintings. The third he himself calls Wei’s Works as they are the overall result of his exploration into Chinese characters.

Generally speaking, although his works display some characteristics of Western modern art forms and ideas, their most vital features are again threefold: their unreserved focus on Chinese characters, the structure of the characters and the significance placed on the strokes themselves as opposed to the representative aspect of the picture. In all his works we can sense these features, consciously or otherwise.

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Featured Artworks

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万物察 by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork
Wei Ligang万物察, 2018 Acrylic and ink on canvas
250 x 150 cm
Gajah Gallery
Blue and White Plum Blossoms by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork
Wei LigangBlue and White Plum Blossoms, 2018 Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
96 x 180 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Peacock - Emerald Green Cloud by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork
Wei LigangPeacock - Emerald Green Cloud, 2017 Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
180 x 96 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Tea Ceremony in the Nature by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork
Wei LigangTea Ceremony in the Nature, 2012 Chinese ink and acrylic on ricepaper
96 x 180 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Qing Hai Zhan Yun by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork
Wei LigangQing Hai Zhan Yun, 2005 Chinese ink and colour on paper
360 x 96 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
The Empty Palace by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork
Wei LigangThe Empty Palace, 2017 Acrylic and Oil on Bronze
100 x 170 cm
Gajah Gallery
Indigo Creek Echoes in the Valley by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork
Wei LigangIndigo Creek Echoes in the Valley, 2017 Ink and Acrylic on Xuan Paper
180 x 97 cm
Gajah Gallery
The Impression of Merapi (Merapi 印象) by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork
Wei LigangThe Impression of Merapi (Merapi 印象), 2017 Chinese Ink, oil paint on canvas
200 x 199 cm
Gajah Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, MONUMENTA: In Lightness at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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23 January–10 February 2019 Group exhibition MONUMENTA: In Lightness Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Voice of the Brush – Part II at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
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8 August–19 September 2018 Group Exhibition The Voice of the Brush – Part II Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong

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