He Gong: Form without Time
Will be Open in Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu
December 15, 2012 to January 20, 2013
Opening December 15, 2012 at 4pm
At 4pm, December 15, 2012, Form without Time¡ªHe Gong will be open in Museum of Contemporary Art, high-tech zone of Chengdu. Presented by the curator art historian Lv Peng, this exhibition will present the recent 29 groups of new works of He Gong, including 25 easel paintings, 2 installations, 50 paintings on yak dung and 22 paintings on palette. Creations of the artist He Gong feature a grand narrative and are full of human care, always showing the pathos of intellectuals. In this exhibition, the new works will continue the creation style of He Gong, as well as adds to the humor and ridicule mean. They will bring the Chengdu viewers a fresh artistic experience. The exhibition will continue from December 15, 2012 to January 20, 2013. Viewers can obtain free tickets with valid documents.
He Gong, the famous contemporary artist, was born in Chongqing£¬China in 1955. In 1978, he was admitted to the Fine Arts Department of Southwest Normal University, and won the Master's degree at Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1985. He is now a professor and doctoral tutor in Arts College of Sichuan University. Since the early 1980s, when Chinese contemporary art started to thrive, He Gong began his personal art practice. During the period of postgraduate, he created works such as Dilute Memory and Bach's Metaphor to show his reflections on history and culture and the concerns of man's present living condition. From 1986, He Gong studied in the United States and Canada as a visiting artist and visiting professor at several universities, during which he had actively participated in the international academic forum and continued his personal art activities. In the process of studying Western post-modern movement in art, he created paintings, installations and conceptual art, such as the installations Dream of Ark, This is Not The Mayflower, Program of The Post-Yangtze Dolphin, oil painting European Station, The Subway to Brooklyn, and so on, to convey the cross-cultural feeling and thinking. After coming back to China at the beginning of this century, the works of He Gong tended to be more concretely presenting the cultural and philosophical speculations. A strong tension exudes from the paintings with seemingly casual and random brushstrokes unveils He Gong's doubts and his pursuit of ideal as an intellectual artist.
The 20 easel paintings in this exhibition are the continuation of He Gong¡¯s consistent cultural caring and philosophical speculation. The flowing and bouncing brushwork shows great visual tension and shock. The series ¡°Books and Yak Dung¡± were created by painting on 50 pieces of yak dung, which were compressed into blocks. The images are mostly picked easily from the daily reading content of He Gong, handy magazines or books depicted with extremely patient figurative practices. As He gong¡¯s creative media, his paintings on yak dung can be traced back to 1996, when he was supporting education in Ganzi Prefecture in Sichuan, he became interested in the lifestyle of the original ecology of the local herders. As a local fuel, yak dung was collected and used to light fires there. He Gong purchased some yak dung there and shipped them back to his studio, asked the villagers in Highland to suppress them into blocks, and used them to pile up a huge LV bag. With half of the yak dung paint cheese on the surface, the whole bag has the same color with LV¡¯s classic grid pattern. The metaphor of yak dung itself enhanced the metaphor and tension of the work. After that, He Gong has created a series of works with yak dung. In this exhibition, He Gong hopes to make the viewers feel the charm of art from the surprising texture, by presenting some works with more sense of humor and affinity besides the presence of powerful expressive works.
It is learned that on the opening the organizer Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu has arranged a lecture Form without Time¡ªAbout He Gong¡¯s Works, in which He Gong will combine his own artistic creation to explore ¡°artists living in politics¡± and ¡°reading attitude and the position of intellectuals¡±. This exhibition is another solo exhibition of well-known artists in Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu this year after the solo exhibitions of Yue Minjun, Zhou Chunya, Ye Yongqing, etc. Both the exploration of emerging artists and the dynamic presentation of the new creations of leading artists reflect the basic concept of MOCA, Chengdu: the dynamic attention and research on the development of China¡¯s new art.
Exhibition: Form without Time - He Gong
Curator: Lv Peng (curator of Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, art historian)
Organizer: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu
Opening: 4:00pm, December 15, 2012
Duration: December 15, 2012 - January 20, 2013
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu (West C1, Tianfu Software Park, Tianfu Avenue, High-Tech Zone, Chengdu)
Lecture: Form without Time - About He Gong's Works
Lecturer: He Gong (Contemporary Artist)
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm, December 15, 2012
Venue: Contemporary Museum of Art, Chengdu (West C1, Tianfu Software Park, Tianfu Avenue, High-Tech Zone, Chengdu)
Reservation Tel: +86-28-85980055
Introduction: combining his own artistic creation, He Gong will explore: 1.artists living in politics. 2. reading attitude and the position of intellectuals.