A Journey in and out of Classic: on Wu Jiang’s Movements


Artists: Wu Jiang

Curator: Tang Yu

Opening: 31st Dec. 2015, 1600

Exhibition Dates: 31st Dec.2015. - 2nd Mar.2016



In his individual experience, Wu Jiang has background in oil painting, design, illustration and printmaking, but none of these serve as markers or signs of this artist. He has always freely moved between all manner of artistic languages and methods. For him, traditional ink painting methods represent cultural heritage as well as a new way of seeing. Hive Center for Contemporary Art will show the artist's new solo exhibition A Journey in and out of Classic: on Wu Jiang’s Movements on 31st Dec., 2015. The exhibition is curated by Tang Yu and will be presented at Hall B.


In this exhibition, he has recombined and collaged these not entirely mature landscape imitations and partial imitations (one could even call them studies) into a conceptual scene that at once is and isn’t a landscape, titled The Landscape is not the Master. This graphic rendering of traditional painting design repositions tradition within a new logical structure. It is from this angle that Wu Jiang reconnects with the world around him.


Since 2010, in his work of compiling the book series Tranquil Studio Collection of Extant Ancient Buddhist Sutra Stone Inscriptions, Wu Jiang travelled multiple times to the Xiangtanshan Grottoes in Handan, the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province, and the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang to inspect the various steles and stone inscriptions. The process of creating rubbings of these inscriptions and tracing past events gave him a sense of ancientness he did not normally experience, and opened a new door to change in his knowledge structure and ways of thinking. This exhibition presents a complete set of the Tranquil Studio Collection of Extant Ancient Buddhist Sutra Stone Inscriptions alongside the painting scroll Visiting the Steles in an attempt to provide a rather complete visual outline of his journeys among these ancient sutra stone inscriptions.

One part of the exhibition plan is rooted in a discussion of shapes and rules. Over three hundred woodcut boxes will be placed along two parallel lines in the exhibition space, with intervals breaking them into eight groups. They resemble an array of inscribed steles. Together with the walls of the exhibition space, they form three channels. Visitors must move through different parts of the exhibition space to take in the entire exhibition. The black and white traces on the outer edges of these boxes create a series of indescribable abstract scenes.


In Wu Jiang and his artworks, what we see is an open, changeable and anti-conceptualizing visual mechanism and discursive logic. In his field of vision, form has difficulty being self-sustaining, and concepts are difficult to establish. He has reactivated tradition and drawn from various ideas to feed back into themselves. Thus, in this exhibition, I hope to shape the exhibition site into a setting for dialogue and wandering, combining the shifting perspective of the traditional literati way of seeing with the malleability of contemporary space to form a field brimming with tension where the temporality and spatiality of the artworks can be fused together as one, and thus disintegrating the linear narrative between ancient and modern, while smashing the dichotomy between tradition and concepts. An open discussion of this individual case, based on the artist’s inner tension and subject space, will perhaps assist us in searching for the ultimate source of the value or character of the work of art.


WU Jiang

1973        Born in Changchun, Jilin

1993        Graduated from the Fine Arts School Affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts

1997        Graduated from the Department of Oil Painting, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, with the degree of B.A.

2007        Graduated from the Department of Print, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in illustration, with the degree of M.A., and elected to teach in CAFA.


Currently, working as the Director of Studio 5, the Department of Print, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and the Deputy Secretary General of the Illustration and Binding Art Committee, China Artists Association



2014       The First China Exhibition of Print, Shenzhen, Guanlan Printmaking Art Museum

2013        Academy—Exhibition of  the Works of the Young Teachers from Central Academy of Fine      Arts, Beijing, Today Art Museum

               CAFA Teachers—Special Exhibition of Works of Teachers from Central Academy of Fine Arts
·2013, Beijing, CAFA Art Museum

                2013’ Guanlan International Print Biennale, Shenzhen, Guanlan Printmaking Art Museum

                Review and Renew—Wu Jiang’s Woodcutting Exhibition, Beijing, Teaching Exhibition Hall of Central Academy of Fine Arts

                Wu Jiang’s Artworks Exhibition, Tangshan, Yunlin Art Gallery

2012          First Lingshi International Print Biennale, Lingshi, Shanxi, Long Yin Shu Yuan

     First “Cang Jie Tablet” International Exhibition of Chinese Characters, Shaanxi, West Art Museum of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts

2010         Artwork from the Faculty of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, CAFA Art Museum

2009         CAFA & NTUA·Beauty of Print, Beijing, Amelie Gallery

2008         Silk and Sand—China-Macau Print Exhibition, Beijing, Underground Exhibition Hall of CAFA

2007         Glory & Dream·Chinese Records·567 Art Exhibition, Beijing, Duna International Art Center

2005         First Illustration Exhibition from Higher Art Academies, Beijing, School of Arts, China Renmin University

2003         China Today Exhibition, Beijing, China Millennium Monument

                Black and White Chuansan Print Exhibition, Beijing, 3818 Cool Gallery


A Journey in and out of Classic: on Wu Jiang’s Movements

DATE: Dec 31, 2015 - Mar 02, 2016

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


ARTIST: Wu Jiang