Lai Shengyu and Yang Xiaogang form the artist duo Tamen, which means “they” in Mandarin. THEY, “They”, stage outrageous, surrealistic scenes in paintings that star an ever-changing cast of characters.
This exhibition presents distinguished artist duo Tamen’s new works of acrylic on canvas, that incorporate tradition via Chinese & Western famous artworks & the representation of modern consumerism, characters and animals to shape a sense of distance, expanse, and introspection.
An epoch of the late 70’s generation, THEY reveal their attitudes toward realities of society and their circumstances in a different approach from the artists of the older generation. THEY, through interior and conflicting juxtaposition, displays contradictory nature of society that is both corrupt and progressive. However, they do not reject nor expresses any sarcasm toward the real world seen outside the window. Individuals are merely consuming or entertaining themselves.
Having emerged from the strict confines of the Same Room series that defined them, Tamen explores new extremely powerful visual landscapes that verge on metaphysical discursions of identity, context, and cultural knowledge. 《A Floating World》challenges perspective and boundaries; looking into their paintings and out into the world from their paintings, Tamen savors such cognitive dissonance with a matured understanding of time and place. We hope this exhibition draws audiences to not only look at the works, but to look further into them. Lacking formal walls, Tamen continues to create windows: thresholds between the past and future, inside and out, present and possibility.
Inside an individual surrounding environment and corrupted private space, inner and outer realm are juxtaposed. While other young artists are infatuated with the characterization of private narratives, THEY unveils inherent conditions and hidden aspects of the internal through the breach of the exterior. From this immanent observation THEY becomes the ‘true other’.’