After walking to the end of the long “nongtang”(lane) on Fuxing zhong Road, I finally found a small label which indicated the location of Art+
Yvon and I got there in the morning since we did not know that the gallery opens from 1pm to 6pm, still we were welcomed by a friendly Spanish lady when she knew that we came here to visit for the love of art.
The on-going exhibition was called “PostTraditional”. The Cultural Revolution advocated revolutionary realism, using propaganda poster as a tool to romanticize socialism. Meanwhile, it brought a rejection of thousands of years of traditional Chinese painting, considered to be a counter-revolutionary form of art. As
I was impressed by Yao Lu’s photographs series. The first glance of the photos made me think that they had no difference from the traditional paintings of mountains and waters. When I came near to look more closely for details, the pictures turned to be an urban landscape of construction sites.
He Jian’s works showed us the contemporary urban life. However, the figures in his pictures looked a bit like the pictures of Buddha which can usually be seen in temples. The materials and colors he used also tried to show that they were very old. His works were the combination of the past and the present, the western-style and traditional Chinese style. Imagine how interesting is when people who have Buddha-like faces wear western-style wedding dress.
When we were about to leave, the grace lady even gave us the pamphlets and leaflets free of charge which were originally for sale. We were impressed by her generosity, as well as this small intimate artistic world.