Leo Gallery is delighted to present a group exhibition entitled ING at Booth B212 in Asia Now Paris 2018 with works of artists Hu Renyi, Huang Yan, Li Yiwen, Ma Shuqing, Tan Ping, Tøru Harada, Wen Wu, Yan Bo, Yuan Keru, Zhang Ning, Zhang Xuerui.
Contemporary Chinese art has always maintained its vitality that flourished before the Economic Reform in 1978 - actively assimilatingWestern values while ceaselessly exploring new narrative structures and forms of expression. After 30 years of maturation, contemporary Chinese art in the last decade has departed from “copyism” or fanaticism for foreign ideals. It embraces a marriage of liberty and diversity, demonstrating keen self-awareness and clear autonomy from form to content, and from concept to language. The myriad variations in art practices readily testify this autonomy.
From a broader perspective, the interaction among forms, media, concepts and schools of contemporary Chinese art was a multi-dimensional symbiosis instead of simple competition in the last decade. Different art practices closely communicate with each other, but each preserves independence in thoughts and creation. The titled exhibition is set within such context. At ASIA NOW Art Fair, we are eager to present through a group exhibition the trajectory of development and important features of contemporary Chinese art of this consequential period. We have selected 11 artists from Leo Gallery: Hu Renyi, Huang Yan, Li Yiwen, Ma Shuqing, Tan Ping, Tøru Harada, Wen Wu, Yan Bo, Yuan Keru, Zhang Ning, Zhang Xuerui. They represent generations spanning 3 decades, from 60s to 90s, while their works range from paintings, sculptures, videos and new media. Each artist has distinguished style and inclination, as manifested in Tan Ping’s stylish painting Overspreading, Yuan Keru’s multi-panel video installation, Li Yiwen’s rigorous scrutiny of city life, and Zhang Xuerui’s visual realm assembled by colour gradients. Despite that each art piece is a substantial project rich in meaning itself, we bring them together in this compact group exhibition, which bears a strong focus and organic unity, as an open narrative of the art trend in the past ten years in China.
Through ING, we attempt to delineate the locus of the changing concepts behind the canvas, gain insight in their origin and motives, and understand the mutual influence between art production and this remarkable era. In this regard, ING is infused with new symbolic significance in this exhibition. It goes beyond a fleeting moment or a static here and now to embrace a continuum connecting the past, present and future. Echoing closely with “ASIA NOW”, temporal and spatial aspects of the evolution of art are taken into account when we deliberated over the exhibition theme. Merely laying out the current outlook of the contemporary Chinese art scene does not suffice. We aspire to show the European audience the development of Chinese art over the decade along with the path ahead against a backdrop of social motions and fundamental logic behind art.