Title The Dilemmas of Painting
Curator Kang Xueru
Artists He Xun, Jiang Cheng, Li Yiwen, Liu Cong, Liu Xia, Wang Xingjie, Wang Yunchong, Yu Guo, Yu Ying
Organizer A+ Contemporary
Duration Apr. 22 – Jun. 18, 2017
Reception Apr. 22 (Sat.) 3pm
Venue Asia Art Center (Beijing)|Dashanzi 798 Art Dist., No.2, Jiuxianqiao Rd., Chaoyang Dist., Beijing, China

The Dilemmas of Painting

Asia Art Center and A+ Contemporary are pleased to announce the opening of group exhibition “The Dilemmas of Painting” curated by Kang Xueru on April 22th, 2017 at Asia Art Center Beijing. Participating artists include He Xun, Jiang Cheng, Li Yiwen, Liu Cong, Liu Xia, Wang Xingjie, Wang Yunchong, Yu Guo, Yu Ying. The exhibition is on view through June 18th, 2017.

This is not an exhibition of style, or of a particular theme, but an exhibition regarding the problems of painting. Painting is currently confronted with unprecedented dilemma and awkwardness. Some problems are intrinsic to painting; the most genuine painters remain steadfast solely for their belief and passion in the possibilities of painting. Other problems, however, surface as societies shift and change, such as the affairs and issues surrounding painting in relation to times, societies, audience, other art forms and painters themselves. The dilemmas of painting in a contemporary discourse are precisely due to the fact that we always criticize painting hastily from a fixed perspective or standpoint. The intention of this exhibition is thus to probe the problems of painting with the utmost thorough approach.

The nine participating artists begin from individual sensory experiences to record and expand on minute details, individual emotions and memories of the everyday, interweaving reality, dreams and metaphors into contemporary discourse; in the face of common anxiety and the dilemmas of painting, these artists are not concerned with drowning themselves in excessive interpretations of “contemporaneity”, but instead they engage in creative practices that continue to stay connected yet distant with their time – this exemplifies both a presence and a distance of critical reflection on trends of the era. In the eyes of the curator, this might in fact be the definite solution to the dilemmas of painting.

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He Xun A Broken Mirror in the Middle of Autumn

He Xun My Rite

He Xun An Equilibrium Mirror

He Xun A Family Full of Mirrors

Jiang Cheng I-201703

Jiang Cheng I-201707

Jiang Cheng M-201702

Li Yiwen Light Years heic0514a

Li YiwenLight Years heic0702a

Li Yiwen Light Years heic0711a

Li Yiwen Light Years heic0715

Li Yiwen Light Years heic0905a

Li Yiwen Light Years heic1215a

Li Yiwen Light Years opo0014a

Li Yiwen Light Years opo0123a

Li Yiwen Flare Spot-2

Li Yiwen Paper Rolls-1

Li Yiwen Paper Rolls-2

Li Yiwen Paper Rolls-3

Liu Cong Construction-5

Liu Cong Plaster

Liu Cong Dissymmetric Imitation

Liu Cong Candlestick

Liu Cong Weight

Liu Xia Portrait 1

Liu Xia Portrait 2

Liu Xia Portrait 3

Liu Xia Portrait 4

Wang Xingjie Big Bread

Wang Xingjie Two Cakes

Wang Xingjie Do Not Use Umbrella in A Sunny Day

Wang Xingjie One Third of A Bread

Wang Xingjie Two Thirds of A Bread

Wang Xingjie On Cloud Nine

Wang Xingjie Bread with Peanut Butter

Wang Yunchong Two Persons

Wang Yunchong Portrait

Wang Yunchong Portrait-2

Wang Yunchong Untitled

Wang Yunchong Untitled

Wang Yunchong Untitled

Yu Guo Ta-pa Mountains

Yu Guo Vignette of Nap in A Culvert

Yu Guo Small Town

Yu Guo Earth Bay

Yu Guo Bealock

Yu Guo Mere

Yu Ying A Self Portrait of Sketching Snowball

Yu Ying Go Home

Yu Ying Sages 2

Yu Ying Untitled Snowscape

Yu Ying Untitled Snowscape 2

Yu Ying Untitled Snowscape 3

Yu Ying Nanking Winter College, Snowscape

Yu Ying Snowscape and Its Depiction -1

Yu Ying Snowscape and Its Depiction-2

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-1

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-2

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-3

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-4

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-5

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-6

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-7

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-8

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-9

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-10

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-11

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-12

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-13

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-14

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-15

Yu Ying The Snowballs Sketche-16

Yu Ying White