Galerie Huit (Hong Kong) and MAO Space (Shanghai) are delighted to present the exhibition ‘Folding Reality’ by Hangzhou-based artists Huang Jingjie and Liu Guoqiang.
According to Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy in ‘The Fold’, the world can be interpreted as a body of infinite folds and surfaces that twist and weave through compressed time and space. Taking this as our approach, reality can be understood not as a single existence but co-existence and interactions of the opposites – past and present, reality and illusion, inside and outside. It becomes an intriguing process and experience of unfolding to discover both sides and of uncovering layers of meanings.
‘Folding Reality’ consists of recent paintings, photography and mixed media wall pieces by Huang and Liu, both exploring the duality in our everyday world and psychological space.
Huang (b. 1988, Ningbo, China) employs paper as a recurring symbol in his works, depicting details of the folds, creases, cuts and shapes of the material. In his paintings, paper becomes a means to a journey through time, connecting and suggesting memories, senses and nostalgia. His portrayals of childhood paper toys, open books and wrinkled papers expand what the audience sees in the present as a dual journey of the past and the future.
Through appropriated mixed medium, Liu (b. 1988, Shandong, China) seeks to explore the fundamental idea of duality – positive and negative, imagined and real, impalpable and tangible. Liu selects individual symbols and ideas from daily life, removes them from their usual context, and rearranges such symbols that challenges a universally received understanding and interpretation of images. Leading the audience to deconstruct what has been assumed, Liu opens up new possibilities to reading this world and to creating an alternate reality.
Through the works of Huang and Liu, ‘Folding Reality’ offers two perspectives to exploring and reading reality and the Self. Huang embraces memories and their associations to connect to the present and future whilst Liu simplifies and analyses, removing symbols from their original context, thus creating a parallel reality.
The exhibition runs from 26 April to 20 May 2017.
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About the Artists
Huang Jingjie (b. 1988, Ningbo, China). Lives and works in Hangzhou, China.
Selected recent exhibitions include: Ode to Joy, MAO Space, Shanghai, 2017; Your World, My Sight, MAO Space, Shanghai, 2015; Invisible Imagination, iSGO Gallery, Shanghai, 2016; Paint As Pleased, Zhejiang Museum of National History, Zhejiang, 2016; Evolution, Banyan Art Map-ing, Hangzhou, 2015.
Liu Guoqiang (b. 1988, Shangong, China). Lives and works in Hangzhou, China.
Selected recent exhibitions include: WHAT MAKE US WHO WE ARE, Xu gallery, Shanghai, 2017; Towards the Emergence of Resistance, Taikang Place, Beijing, 2016; The Moving Images, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2016; Reboot Virtuality, Leo Gallery, Shanghai 2016; Wall Power: Wallpost Artist Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2016; A Ride to Combine, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2016.
About Galerie Huit (Hong Kong)
Established in 2010, Galerie Huit was founded by Jane Chao-Lee to promote emerging and established Asian artists. Due to the success of the initial four years, the gallery has relocated to a larger space at SOHO 189 Art Lane that comprises two floors totalling 2549 sq-feet, providing scope for a wide range of exhibitions and projects.
The expansion heralds a new chapter for the gallery with the inauguration of new partners to the team, Yas Mostashari Chang, Ali Yeh Cheng and Yvette Ho, and exhibition programme will explore beyond Asian art, introducing unique positions in contemporary art by a selection of emerging to established international artists.
Galerie Huit is honoured to serve as a platform in Hong Kong, for such distinctive perspectives, and to be part of the global art community.
About MAO Space (Shanghai)
Established in the early autumn 2014, MAO SPACE debuts itself vigorously in Shanghai with its own perception, interpretation, and confidence upon contemporary art. Founded by the Purple Roof team, who has curated Jing’an International Sculpture Project (JISP) as well as other numerous significant sculpture projects, MAO SPACE has shown its prominent local strength and in-depth understanding in diverse art forms.
By deepening collaborations with influential curators and scholars, on the other hand, MAO SPACE participates in the process of ongoing and forwarding Chinese contemporary art through representing various contemporary art shows and activities. Meanwhile, by introducing distinguished international contemporary artists to China, MAO SPACE positively builds valuable communicating platforms bridging between artists and the public, art institutions and the market.