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Guanju¡ª¡ªXu Hualing

TangContemporary Art (Hong Kong) is pleased topresent Xu Hualing¡¯s latest solo exhibition, Guanju on November 28th,2015. Curated by the renowned Dai Zhuoqun, Guanju is Xu Hualing¡¯s firstexhibition in collaboration with Tang Contemporary Art, as well as the firstpainting show for their new gallery space in Hong Kong.The exhibition will be on view until December 31st, 2015.

XuHualing¡¯s independent art practice touches various boundaries while pushes thelimitations of contemporary painting. It is difficult to ascribe her paintingsto any existing conceptual discourse, bearing little resemblance to anythingbefore her. In brief, she is regarded as a leading representative and one ofthe most experimental of the younger generation of artists in Chinese gongbi(a meticulous style of painting). However, implying that one could define suchan individualistic style such as hers on the basis of established conventionsin art, would be unrealistic.

In the contemporary context, it would be problematic to follow Chinese-Westernbinaries of a taxonomic method that was established in the pre-modern period ofart history. An artist¡¯s individuality, thoughts and notions are detached by superficialsegmentation and manipulation through various types of definitions such astools, materials and mediums. As a result, despite being on the same timeline,an oil painter and a Chinese ink painter would be regarded as working incompletely different fields. This is a near-absurd predicament where Xu Hualingis unconsciously placed in the teeth of the storm.

As a member of the young Chinese artist group N12, Xu Hualing studied at theCentral Academy of Fine Arts at the same time as peers Liang Yuanwei, WangGuangle, Hu Xiaoyuan, and Qiu Xiaofei. Despite sharing similar educationalexperiences and career paths, however Xu Hualing¡¯s unique artistic identityshines at the heart of Chinese painting.


Whilemost people are conditioned to rely on understanding through experiences of thepast, objects without relation to past experiences or objects that cannot beintegrated into conventional experience would certainly complicate this methodology.While reconciling the delicate interweaving of medium and concept, Xu Hualing¡¯spaintings strike a balance between an extremely individualistic yet familiarvisual system. Her introspection for paintings deliberately reflects, in anopen manner, her familiar and sensitive visual experiences ¨C her basic approachrooted in the context of figure paintings from Jinand Tang Dynasty, theappropriation of the formal elements in Japanese paintings, Richter¡¯s imagesand traces, Hockney¡¯s landscapes, objects and color, Dumas¡¯ female bodies,Debenport¡¯s black and white photography, web images, found images andphotographs captured by the artist during her travels ¨C through the artist¡¯ssubtle visual experience and yet detachment from these elements, existingconventions are no where to be seen, and in turn, a new language and meaning isformed.