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Inspired by Fashion¡ª¡ªAn Exhibition of Art and Fashion Crossover Pieces

 

As a pioneering fashion magazine, Vogue China has been actively observing, reporting and promoting the development of this cultural trend. This exhibition, ¡®Inspired by Fashion¡¯, co-curated with Poly Gallery, invites 11 artists to present their representative works, alongside crossover works from the fashion industry. These artists, all born between the 1960s and late 1980s, range from established leaders in Chinese contemporary art to emerging young artists. Their attitudes toward the confluence of art and fashion provide us with interesting angles to learn about contemporary Chinese society.

 

Tan Ping's work

 

Tan Ping

As a well-respected promoter of education in arts, Tan Ping is one of China¡¯s most significant abstract artists. Through nearly 40 years of artistic practice, Tan has consistently applied the concept of ¡°purist self-expression¡± to all his works.

 

 

Jiang Ji'an's work

 

Jiang Ji'an 

As a representative artist of ¡®New Gongbi¡¯, Jiang Ji¡¯an inherits and applies the core methodology of the ¡®selfless state¡¯ in his work, which is extracted from traditional Chinese philosophy. Jiang says that ¡®from the wisdom of the Eastern world, we realize that things are composed of various forms, and they will change constantly. Such a state is called ¡®shared feeling¡¯ in the Eastern context, which indicates that individuals¡¯ perspectives toward the outside world change along with the transformation of things.

 

Jiang Zhi's work

 

Jiang Zhi

Jiang Zhi¡¯s art works encompass various media such as painting, installation, photography and video art. Using an unique artistic language, Jiang offers his views on current affairs. A typical example is his ingenious way of introducing his subjective view of the entertainment industry through his works. Jiang combines his personal thinking with an explosive social event, to present an alternate perspective to the audience.

 

Cai Zhisong

 

Cai Zhisong

Cai Zhisong is good at employing strong material to penetrate through history and culture, incorporating his wisdom and acuity to produce works full of emotions, warmth and Eastern philosophy. Though influenced by the techniques of Western sculpture, his highly personalized method is a perfect illustration of Chinese spirit and emotion.

 

Wang Mai

 

Wang Mai

Showing a comprehensive range of techniques, Wang Mai¡¯s works include painting, installation, performance art and many other categories. Incorporating ready-made products which are familiar to the audience with his own observations of international politics, Wang constructs complex, postindustrial settings, in an unique, personalized way.

 

 

Gao Qian's work

 

Gao Qian 

Gao Qian was trained professionally at Nanjing Arts Institute for seven years. Gao attempts to dissect classical and modern paintings from her unique perspective. For her, the boundary is always blurred between the classical and the modern. Combining the representations of the classical and the modern is a method of counterbalance, and also a way to manifest their connotations. The integration of classic expression with modern formal structure reflects the spiritual world of modern urban women.

 

Peng Wei's work

 

Peng Wei 

In the works Tang Dynasty Polo and Winter Mountain , Peng began with wrapping rice paper onto classic Sergio Rossi boots and then applied images on top. She borrowed the pattern of Guerlain orchids and turned them into the hanging scroll Valley Orchids . On this scroll, the silk frame, the prescripts and the patterns on the scroll case were all hand painted, which quietly dissolve the traditional form and meaning of classical paintings, and cunningly lead us into a labyrinth of the mind.

 

Chen Ke's work

 

Chen Ke 

Chen Ke¡¯s works can be regarded as a kind of autobiography in the form of painting. The images carry a sense of the subtle sadness of adolescence, which are reflections of her various emotions and life experiences.

 

Han Yajuan's work

 Han Yajuan

In Han Yajuan¡¯s pieces, we witness a bold imagination that transcends time and space, combined with a colorful, material reality. In her earlier works, the themes are mostly cartoon images of modern women who are addicted to the material world. They are the product of careful observation of contemporary life.

 

 

Lei Mengting

 

Lei Mengting

Born in 1986, Lei Mengting is inspired by various techniques from Chinese brush painting, oil painting and woodblock printing. Her style is exquisite and ornate, and she is good at employing sharp, contrasting colours to produce a visual impact.

 

 

Ma Lingli's work

 

Ma Lingli

Ma Lingli employs ink as her media, and strictly follows the traditional technique of Chinese brush painting. Yet she also combines light and shadow, and the schema of Western paintings with this, and has subsequently generated visual compositions with a whole new perspective. The dualism of traditional and modern, of Western and Chinese, and of reality and imagination have been fully distilled in her works and combined into one. The boundary between painting and installation has also been merged into one.

 

Duration£º13th March©28th March  2015

Venue£ºPoly Gallery

Artists£ºTan Ping/ Jiang Ji'an/ Jiang Zhi/ Cai Zhisong/ Wang Mai/ Gao Qian/ Peng Wei/ Chen Ke/ Han Yajuan/ Lei Mengting/ Ma Lingli