July-10-2014 – August-16-2014
July 10 - August 16, 2014
"New Acquaintances: works by Chen Baoyang, Fu Xiaotong, GAMA and Wang Fengge" focuses on four emerging artists born between 1976 and 1989. All four work in different media, but each responds in one way or another to aspects of the history of Chinese art ranging from the classical landscape tradition to Socialist Realism in a deeply personal manner.
BAOYANG CHEN(b. 1989) received his MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Paradoxically, as the son of a distinguished traditional Chinese painter, he has a closer affinity to the continuity of Chinese visual culture than the other three artists in the exhibition, although he is furthest removed from it in terms of his preferred media. In a highly original way, he adheres to the traditional Chinese approach of learning by copying and imitating by feeding images of 104 of his father¡¯s paintings into his algorithms and repeating this process with different parameters. He has stated that ¡°I convert the brushwork to create new arrangements of pixels and color information based upon the original Shan Shui (Chinese landscape) paintings. My working tools are my algorithms, which use computational formulae to reconstruct the original tableaux in order to spawn new ones. My digital methodologies provide me working techniques of universalism, repetition, randomness and effortless-action.¡±
Although glimpses of mountains, Chinese characters etc. appear in the dizzying interplay of forms and colors in Chen¡¯s works in inkjet on silk- they are only of minor importance in the abstract visual dynamics that he achieves through cutting-edge technology.