" Three Unities" 3 Solo Exhibitions by Zhang Dali, Ren Hong, Wang Lang/Liu Xinhua
Artist s: Zhang Dali, Ren Hong, Wang Lang/Liu Xinhua
Curator s: Mathieu Borysevicz , Yan Yang
Exhibition Dates: May 26th - June 2 4th 2007
Opening: May 26th, 2007 (Sat.) 8 pm
Aristotle articulated the precepts of early Greek drama as the three "unities": unity of place, unity of time and unity of action. Under the roof of DDM Warehouse from 5/26/07 �C 6/27/07 three solo shows by Beijing based artists will be enacted: Zhang Dali, Ren Hong, and Liu Xinhua/Wang Lang. These artists of the Cultural Revolution generation transform the DDM warehouse into a stage where never-before exhibited works will be dramatically presented to the Shanghai audience.
Zhang Dali , the bad boy artist whose ubiquitous and mysterious graffiti took Beijing by force in the mid-1990's, and who has since gone on to achieve international fame, proudly presents his powerful new series of bronze sculptural works. Juxtaposing life size animals with human figures, these surrealist unions are rife with symbolic implications of a bestial violence that pervades our society and environment. Zhang Dali has recently been profiled in both ART Forum and Art in America for his participation in The Gwanju Biennial. His "Chinese Offspring" sculptures have also been recently acquired by famous British collector, Charles Saatchi and are profiled on the website:
Artists, Wang Lang and Liu Xinhua pair up for the first time to present their long-term, labor-intensive work "Implemental Photography". Both artists have turned from their performance art backgrounds to work as semioticians in the creation of an extensive image archive. Culling thousands of images from newspapers, pictorials and advertisements this duo has deconstructed the legacy of propaganda and perhaps of photography itself. You will never look at a photograph the same way again.
In "Red Romanticism", a new painting series by Ren Hong, the artist presents images from 1960 and 70-era collective consciousness, which are then filtered through kaleidoscopic patterns. Various charged forms such as butterflies, arrows, birds and urns are meticulously repeated across the canvas surface reflecting the artists' childhood and her ambiguous nostalgia for a colorful age of idealism and innocence. These tediously made oil paintings are made to look effortless like soft, hypnotic daydreams.
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