Tang Contemporary Art will participate for the first time at Asia Now Paris Asian Art Fair, showcasing a selection of recent works by three contemporary artists from China – Zhao Zhao, Xu Qu, and Cai Lei. Born between 1978 – 1983, these young artists have independently gained world-wide attention for their critical practices which engage the complex socioeconomic dynamics that have come to define China in the era of globalization.
Zhao Zhao was born in 1982 in Xinjiang, China and graduated from the Xinjiang Institute of the Arts in 2003, later attending the Beijing Film Academy. The former assistant to Ai Weiwei is now regarded a significant figure among the young Post-80s generation of contemporary Chinese artists – Zhao Zhao’s work is often associated with anti-authoritarian or non-conformist tendencies, renowned for confronting existing ideological structures and exercising the power of individual free will in his work. His provocative, multidisciplinary artistic practice has garnered him international attention with critically-acclaimed exhibitions across China, North America and Europe as an‘artist to watch’.
Xu Qu For over several years, Xu Qu has been exploring a wide range of mediums, such as videos, paintings, sculptures and installations that are questioning the reality of our global world. Born in 1978 in the city of Nanjing, West of Shanghai, Xu Qu studied at the Nanjing Art Institute and the Braunschweig University of Art in Germany, where he attended the postgraduate course taught by the artist John Armleder in 2008. Back in China, he has developed an eclectic and richly varied work that displays an obsession with attraction for power relations.
Cai Lei’s artistic practice reveals his interest in the two-dimensional; he uses the concept of spatial intersection to portray the spatial depth in which two-dimensional space becomes three-dimensional space. He utilizes light and shadow to emphasize spatial dislocations, and this conscious conflict is magnified in the painted space, allowing the viewer to experience the tensions and transformations between physical planarity and real spaces in his paintings. Cai Lei was born in 1983 and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sculpture at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. An award winning young artist from the ‘80s generation, he has exhibited internationally including the Yangtze Art Museum (Chongqing), Foundation Taylor (Paris), CAFA Museum (Beijing), Poly Art Museum (Beijing), Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art (USA), Today Art Museum (Beijing), and Museum of Contemporary Art Bonn (Germany).