EXHIBITION

Wu Junyong: Portrait of Light

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Wu Junyong: Portrait of Light


Artists: Wu Junyong

Opening: 6th Sept. 2015, 16:00

Exhibition Dates: 6th Sept. - 5th Oct.2015

 

Hive Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of Wu Junyong’s solo exhibition, Portrait of Light on Sept. 6th 2015. The exhibition will feature Wu’s works including animations, installations, animation installation and paintings created during the past five years which reflects his recent stylistic trend: his works shift gradually from the absurd and black-humor reference to reality to the relatively implicit and mysterious way of expression; with various medias, Wu has realized the representation of pure “light”. The exhibition, being held in the Hall A, lasts until 5th Oct.

 

Wu Junyong was born in 1978 in Fujian Province. He is currently the lecturer at China Academy of Art where his BFA of Printmaking and MFA of New Media Arts are granted. In 2003, Wu began to apply with the animation and the Internet as major creative medias with which he was overwhelmingly applauded for works as A Dictionary of Slang, Chaos of Phases. His works have been exhibited and collected by museums and art institutions worldwide.

 

In Wu’s account, the world reveals itself as a kaleidoscope which does not represent the reality outwardly while provides us with a vision rooted in mind where scatters light and shadow of the universe deprived of its common visage. In the flickering space of imagination, he relates the ephemeral legends with moving images of force and passion. As Wu declares: “Though working with new media, I am concerned with the tradition,” he indulges in the poetry of pure light and shadow yet constantly explores the artistic forms of “new media” in order to translate the classics and traditions into disparate aesthetic languages. “Baptized” by Wu, parables, tales, epics, allusions and folks escape from their original cultural context and approach the extremity of imagination. As a “hunter of light”, he struggles to depict the “portrait of light” and challenges the “speed of light”. In Eclipse of Sisyphus, Moon Sing, Portrait of Crater and Cloud’s Nightmare, Wu creates unintelligible scenes in the form of “silhouette” to portray various figures of light. Time of Stomach inscribes the “epic of light” intending to cast light on the truth buried beneath the discourse with the equivocal images and symbols. The double-screen work Portrait of Light juxtaposes two screens and operates “binocular montage” so that spectators would have to “edit” the parallel images so as to comprehend the mysterious tropes: the work is organized in terms of the clue of “light” by which Magritte-style riddles are coined. Moreover, the work combines the classical painterly works in the storage of Google Art Project with Wu’s original images to converse with the artworks and discuss the “way of being” of artworks in the technological horizon.

 

Wu’s earlier works may emphasize on the ideological criticism and political irony, while he is no longer satisfied with the relatively direct way of expression. He devotes himself to representing the fantastic carnival of images; now the man wearing top-hat is not hurried to express himself yet integrated in the profound cultural settings of times.

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Wu Junyong

1978      Born in Fujian Province, China

2000      BFA, Printmaking Department, China Academy of Art

2005     MFA, New Media Arts Department, China Academy of Art

Currently teaches at China Academy of Art, lives and works in Hangzhou

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Wu Junyong: Portrait of Light

DATE: Sep 06 - Oct 05, 2015

ADDRESS: E06,798 Art Zone, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

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ARTIST: Wu Junyong

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