Phosphorous Red - Solo Exhibition: Ye Nan
A World of Yesterday and Tomorrow - Recent Works by Yuan Yuan

Phosphorous Red - Solo Exhibition: Ye Nan
A World of Yesterday and Tomorrow - Recent Works by Yuan Yuan

su buju among the shadow of the trees by yuan yuan

Yuan Yuan

Su Buju among the Shadow of the Trees, 2010

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Thursday, June 3, 2010Saturday, August 7, 2010


New York, NY USA

Phosphorous Red
Solo Exhibition: Ye Nan
June 3 – June 26, 2010
Opening reception: June 3, 6-8 pm

A World of Yesterday and Tomorrow
Recent Works by Yuan Yuan
July 1 - August 7, 2010
Opening reception: July 1, 6-8 pm

Chambers Fine Art New York is pleased to announce Ye Nan’s Phosphorous Red and Yuan Yuan’s A World of Yesterday and Tomorrow - two very different solo shows to be shown consecutively that demonstrate the range and promise of new work being produced by younger artists in China today.

As the Chinese contemporary art movement comes of age this exhibition shows clearly not only how different schools of thought are emerging but also the importance of transmission from teacher to pupil. Both artists were fortunate to have studied under internationally acclaimed artists: Ye Nan under Qiu Zhijie, a prominent figure at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and Yuan Yuan under painter Yu Hong, professor at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. While Yuan Yuan and Ye Nan’s works may be dissimilar they both ultimately offer, in a way that may emerge as characteristic of their generation, honest and personal statements on the world around them.

Ye Nan (born in 1984 in Hangzhou) engages us directly with great, sometimes imponderable questions. As a student at the China Academy of Art, he participated in the activities associated with Qiu Zhijie’s radical rethinking of the curriculum known as “art in general,” a practice rooted as much in social investigation and archival research as in the production of conventional works of art. In the series of prints collectively titled Phosphorous Red the artist has perfected a technique of applying phosphorous liquid, like that used in the manufacture of matches, onto hand-made paper. These bold images contain a wide range of references including space travel and colonization, the principles of chemistry and physics, nationalism, politics and rock music. Philip Tinari has described his maroon as “red inflected with black, and thus removed from the register of political signification. The substance it forms is one of low-budget productivity and constant danger, implicitly evoking the conditions in which he has come of age.” In Beijing prints from the regular edition of three were exhibited. For New York, the artist has created a new series of unique prints, using collage and mineral colors to modify and comment on the original image.

Exhibited in the smaller gallery is Vulture, a large painting executed in phosphorous on canvas. Referring to the installation in Chambers Fine Art Beijing, Ye Nan commented that “The wall is covered in match head material which contains phosphorous, transforming the surface into a huge match-like plane. By continually drawing matches across the surface of the wall an image emerges made up of traces of blackened flame. Exhausted matches are abandoned on the ground like a memorial commemorating fleeting moments of past time”.

Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalog with introductory essays by critic Philip Tinari as well as extended interviews: Qiu Zhijie with Ye Nan and Yu Hong with Yuan Yuan.

For further information please contact the gallery at +1 212 414 1169 or cfa@chambersfineart.com