Lei Hong Solo Show
Curated by David Chan
Exhibition Dates: 15th April-15th July, 2012
Opening reception on Saturday, 14th April, 5-7pm
Pearl Lam Fine Art Shanghai today announced the next exhibition in their dynamic programme, a ten-year retrospective of works by Chinese abstract artist Lei Hong. The show entitled Non-Geometric Study will open on Saturday, 14th April and feature 34 works including sculpture, installation, painting and drawing.
Non-Geometric Study focuses on work that explores the philosophical core of Chinese abstract art. The composition of dots, lines and squares in the drawings are not conceptual but are marks that relate to traditional Chinese ink painting. They also depict the spiritual experience of the artist during the process of creation.
Displaying characteristics of Western abstract paintings in which structural and abstract tension lie beneath the painting’s surface, Lei’s work explores the spatial relationship between ‘existence’ and ‘emptiness’, as well as ‘real’ and ‘virtual’. His marks suggest a narrative about his imagination and his feelings at a given moment. In his work, the geometric formality and the space itself become the visual expression of a cognitive process where intuition and transcendence are key.
Lei Hong says: “The meaning of art goes beyond languages and images. The literal expressions and emotional narratives in my work are only understood through the artistic appreciation of an individual. This first solo show at Pearl Lam Fine Art marks a milestone since I first started creating abstract art in 2002. All of these works are fragmented records of my daily life over this past decade.”
David Chan says: “With works in both two and three dimensions, the artist himself makes a strong statement that he aims to transcend normal and mundane relations by redefining visuality while extending periphery. The exhibition as a whole becomes a journey that has actualized different modes of thinking about ‘space’ into a variety of forms: poetic, architectural, pictorial, illusionary, and imaginative.”
Real/Unreal (2005) projects the awareness of infinite space into a limited squared shape, in which geometry is not based on pure rational structural elements, but instead reveals a metaphysical tension. Base with Basics n. 5 (2006) evokes a representational space related to subjective memories, transitions and visual histories. Blurring the boundaries between form and formlessness, ordinary and extraordinary, the rational and the absurd, this work reflects an aesthetic in which the absence of fixed definitions and visual interference offers an indirect way of penetrating reality and growing closer to the truth.