MadeIn Gallery is pleased to present Form Consumption Over Substance Reflection an exhibition of new paintings by Chen Ying, Ding Li, Shang Liang and Xu Dawei, opening on January 8th until March 5th, 2017.
“Art has the power to create an illusion on the substance of things. – Charles Darwin” The title Form Consumption Over Substance Reflection explores the fructuous relations between the imagination brought by the art and the understanding of the substance of things. “Consumption” nowadays represents a certain enthused cultural attitude, a desire for possession. “Form Consumption” embraces admiration, gaze, thought and intention of owning paintings; more important, it refers to the research and development initiated by the artists on forms of painting and visual language.
Through a selection of works by four artists, the exhibition presents the new practice and exploration on painting language of a young generation. Each of them presents different techniques: Chen Ying’s landscapes superimposition and reconstruction, Ding Li’s multi-elemental contextual painting, Shang Liang’s mutative bodies, Xu Dawei’s supernatural spaces, all reflect the artists’ exploration and innovation on painting language.
The exhibition therefore constitutes another call: “instead of thinking, one should act”. This isn’t a closed formulation but an open sentence structure that can be reiterated. Consumption stimulates thinking, thinking incites action and action builds substance. Emphasizing on the enthusiasm generated by “form consumption”, the exhibition delves again issues on new substance, reflection and acting.