EXHIBITION

Sceneries in the Journey of Life: Li Jikai Solo Exhibition

ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION


Sceneries in the Journey of Life: Li Jikai Solo Exhibition

 

 

 

艺术家| Artist: 李继开| Li Jikai

策展人| Curator: 夏季风| Xia Jifeng

开幕时间| Opening: 2016.6.4  16:00

展览时间| Exhibition Dates: 2016.6.4-2016.7.9

 

Hive Center for Contemporary Art is honored to announce the opening of Sceneries in the Journey of Life: Li Jikai Solo Exhibition, which will launch at 4:00p.m. on Jun.4th 2016. Curated by Xia Jifeng, the retrospective exhibition will show his works of oil paintings and sketches of the recent years. The exhibition will continue until Jul.28th, 2016.

As one of the representative artists “born in the 1970s”, Li Jikai has always been renowned for his spiritual brushwork and poetic temperament in painting. Almost from the very beginning of his practice that has lasted over a decade, he has adopted boys as his painting subject, and formed a unique language and a distinctive visual system of his own. Particularly the little boy created by him, who refuses to grow up, cute, confused, tired, melancholy, as if always indulged in endless daydreams, and which can be seen as the artist’s inner confession, and a metaphor of the common mental state of this generation’s survival.

 

Unlike most other artists who are also caught up in social transformation, Li Jikai seldom takes the “cruel youth” subjects to express the anxiety and worry brought by reality, which is probably due to his secret identity of a poet. His poems are introverted, tranquil, and meditative, with a self-talking characteristic, like a loner, who will only unlock his inner secrets when being alone late at night. Poetry has become a seed growing in his painting, and it’s easy to find the correspondence in his painting if the poetic is converted into specific images. Just like the omnipresent little boy, whose melancholy image is shaped by the artist’s poems, and in reverse, the paintings’ poetic features are created by his singing. The intertextual relationship between poetry and painting allows Li Jikai to find a creational path different from his peers.   

 

In his creations in recent years, most themes Li Jikai has expressed are still about the little boy, but it seems that, after going through many vicissitudes of life, the boy has grown up, as the proportions of his body are approaching those of an adult, and the facial expressions are no longer as immature and innocent as before, but with a hint of inexplicable sadness and anxiety. Bidding farewell to juvenile sentiments heralds the artist’s particular changes in his psychological history, and that he no longer stays within the relatively claustrophobic inner experience, or cuts off aloof the secular, but seems to have start a closer observation of the wide world and been ready to traverse the scenes of this world. In addition, Li Jikai’s creational approaches have become more unbridled, unstrained and straightforward. From the image pedigree of a mature style and the kaleidoscopic language, one feels that the artist has unveiled his long-reserved life experience and emotional energy. 

 



PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Li Jikai

1975       Born in Chengdu, China

2004       Graduated with MFA from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China

Currently works in Animation Academy of Hubei Institute of Fine Arts

 

 

Solo Exhibition

2016  

           The Sleepy Farmer Among the Billowing Wheat Fields- Li Jikai’s Solo Exhibition, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

2015   The Museum of Innocence, United Art Museum, Wuhan, China

2014   Waste Pickers, Amy Li Gallery, Beijing, China

Li Jikai, Jan van der Togt Art Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands

2013   White Dew, Amy Li Gallery, Beijing, China

Lake and Reflections of Light, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

2012   Boy, Doll and Fragment, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

       Fragments of the Abyss, Interalia Space, Seoul, Korea

2011  Existential Condition - The Morality of Li Jikai's Painting, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China

       Within You, Without You - Li Jikai Solo Exhibition, Dialogue Space Gallery, Beijing

2010       Reflections, Canvas International Arts Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

       Lantern - Li Jikai Solo Exhibition, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

2009       Li Jikai, Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea

Leaving Some Room for Imagination - Dual Exhibition of Li Jikai and Wang Jingsong, Dialogue Space Gallery, Beijing, China

2008       Clear - Li Jikai Solo Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Unorderly Branches: Paintings of Li Jikai, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Walking Alone, Canvas International Arts Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

       Small Worlds: Paintings of Li Jikai, Seasons Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Time Flows Away at Night: 2008 Li Jikai’s Works Exhibition, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Muddy, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, China

2007       Clear - Li Jikai Solo Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Boy and His Mirror Image, Christa Schuebbe Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

 

Group Exhibition

2016   Return - Poetic Dwelling in Contemporary Art, PIFO Gallery, Beijing, China

           Research Exhibition on Chinese Artists of Impressionistic Oil Painting School, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

2015   Post-Tradition and Its Origins, UCCA Store, Beijing, China

Distant Echo – The First Exhibition for the Study of Contemporary Art on Paper, Lelege Art, Beijing, China

Asia Live, Beijing, China

Post- Academy: Research Exhibition of the Eight Academies of Fine Arts’ Oil Paintings, Art Museum of GAFA, Guangzhou, China

Section, Union Art Museum, Wuhan, China

Grand Tour from Soul – Contemporary Art Exhibition, Mio Art Space, Shanghai, China

The Memory of a City – Wuhan, Wuhan Art Museum, China

Touch the Bottom, villa haiss Museum, Germany

2014   Prediction, Up Museum, Shanghai, China

           West Says East Says- Chinese Contemporary Art Research Exhibition, Union Art Museum, Wuhan, China

Lost Portrait, Long Museum, Shanghai

Re-Modernization: The 3rd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

Artron Award of Art China Nominated Young Artists Exhibition, Beijing

Meta-Spectacle: Multi-Logic of the Pictorial World, Shijiazhuang Art Museum, Shijiazhuang, China

Hazing Kyoto Invitational Group Exhibition, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Uneasy Trip in Asia, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Social Dimension, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

Ray of Light, Upto to Art Space, Shanghai, China

Wuhan Impression, Oita Municipal Art Museum, Oita, Japan

2013  Criss-Cross: Artworks of Chinese Contemporary Young Artists from Long Collection, Long Museum, Shanghai, China

       Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk, A.C Art Museum, Beijing, China

       Rivers and Lakes: International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Hubei Provincial Library, Wuhan, China

       Accumulation, Zhong Gallery, Beijing, China

       Mapping China. Apace k., Seoul, Korea

       Writing Images, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Gallery, Wuhan, China

       Watermelon Peel, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

       On the Road: Nomination Exhibition of Chinese Young Artists’ Works, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Turning a Blind Eye, Upto to Art Space, Shanghai, China

The Obvious Goes Unnoticed: Vision in-between, Uzbekistan Central Art Museum, Uzbekistan

Tashkent Biennale, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Interpretation of the Future, C Gallery, Shanghai, China

Self-Generated, Suzhou Art Gallery, Suzhou, China

New Youth, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

Heavenly Creations, Amy Li Gallery, Beijing, China

Bloom, Pan China Art Center, Shanghai, China

Oppressive Fairytales, Canvas International Arts Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A Miscellany of Arts: The Visual Rhetoric of the Young Generation, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

2012  Quiet Energy - Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Dialogue Space Gallery, Beijing

      Dawn - New Art from China, Zhong Gallery, Berlin, Germany

       The Lake of Time - 2012 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuhan, China

       Invitation for Respond to Recovery of Society Reality, Shenzhen, China

       Splendid Ethics, Interalia Art Company, Seoul, Korea

       Alternative Reference, Upto to Art Space, Shanghai

       Fine Arts Exhibition London in 2012, London, UK

2011   Sketching the Heart: About Portraiture, Gallery Beijing Space, Beijing

      Redefinitions - The Questioning Spirit of Seventies Generation Art, Today Art museum, Beijing

      Entanglement - Contemporary Art Exhibition of Hubei Province, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Museum, Wuhan, China

      Box, Qi Studio, Chongqing

      Surrealist Pop, Enjoy Museum of Art, Beijing

      Made for Wuhan, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

      Salute to the Future, hi Art Store, Beijing, China

      Image Mash Up, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

      From Scenes to Scenes of Culture - Post Seventies Artists Research, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

      Dialogue with Soliloquy, Group Exhibition of Li Jikai,Chen Bo, Xiong Yu, Vintage Gallery, Taipei, China

      Painting: Young Artists Group Exhibition, Beijing Space, Beijing, China

      City Picture, Art Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

      Retrospect and Prospect - Hubei Oil Painting Art Exhibition, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

      Reminiscence, Front Line Contemporary Gallery, Shanghai, China

      Library Project - Individual, Public, Documentary, Chongqing Yuzhong Library, Chongqing, China

2010     Resonances: Sino - French Art Invitational Exhibition, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

         Post-Narration, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China

       Everyone’s East Lake, Wuhan, China

       Fortress Besieged, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

       Image Experience - 2010 Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Jiangshan Art Museum, Chongqing, China

       Nomadic Reality - Into Contemporaneity with Fractured Culture, Esse Art Space, Beijing

       Filter Window -Young Chinese Artists Group Exhibition, Beyond Art Space, Beijing

       Reshaping History: China Art 2000-2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing

       The Franks-Suss Collection, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2009   Lijikai + Unmask, H.T Gallery, Beijing, China

       Animamix Biennial 2009 - 2010, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

       Art Cars, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

       Related to the Context: Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Found Museum, Beijing, China

      Gemeinsam in Bewegung - Zeitgenössische kunst aus Deutschland und China, Whuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

       zhī Hū zhě Yě - The Rhetoric of Contemporary Art, Redstar Gallery, Beijing, China

       Chongqing Biennale, Chongqing Exhibition Center, Chongqing, China

       Normality: 2009 Art Works Show, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

       Retrospect and Exploration, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

      New Wave, New Power -15 Young Emerging Artists from China, Malinda Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

      China Mania, Arken Art Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark

      Revealing Expectations, Ogilvy O Gallery, Beijing, China

      Sichuan School: Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Japan Exhibition, Japan-China Friendship Center Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

       Hunan and Hubei Trend - Hunan, Hubei Exhibition of Contemporary Art 1985-2009, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

       New Trends: Fifteen Contemporary Chinese Artists, Pacific Heritage Museum, San Francisco, USA

       Metropolis Now: A Selection of Chinese Contemporary Art, Meridian Center, Washington, USA

      Beyond Globalization: Pan-Asia Contemporary Art Group Exhibition, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China

2008  Adidas: A Total Shock - Sports’ Horizon Art Exhibition, Shanghai; Guangzhou; Nanjing; Shenyang; Chengdu; Beijing, China

       Labyrinth, Art and Knowledge Space, Beijing, China

       Works on Paper, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

       Time Difference: the New Force in Chinese Contemporary Art, Magee Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

       The Soaring Field: New Paintings from China, Nanjing Square Art Museum, Nanjing, China

       Cross-Section, Oriental Vista Gallery, Hong Kong, China

       Reconstruct - Donating Exhibition for Earthquake-stricken-area, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

       Free Exercise, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

       Beyond Cartoon - Asian Contemporary Art Group Exhibition, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China

       Case Studies of Artists in Art History and Art Criticism, SZ Art Center, Beijing, China

       The Origin: The First Annual Moon River Sculpture Festival, Moon River Museum of Contemporary Art (MR MOCA), Beijing, China

       Chenke, Li Jikai, Qiu Xiaofei, Shen Liang, DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

       Germinators, China Square Gallery, New York, USA

       Waiting in the Wings, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China

       Expand & Fusion-Chinese Oil Painting Study and Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

       Reflective Asia - 3rd Nanjing Triennial, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

       Butterfly Dream - Shanghai MOCA Envisage II, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China

       Transgressive Body, Berlin, Germany

       Looking for Me, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

       Cathrine Raben Davidsen & Li Jikai, dARTex(The Danish Art Exchange), Beijing, China

       Contracts-Affinity, Oriental Vista Gallery, Shanghai, China

       Game of Acting the Fool, Gallery TN, Beijing, China; Seoul, Korea

       Conversation in Paintings, Dialogue Space Gallery, Beijing, China

       Interaction-2008 Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Oil Paintings, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

       100 Tales in Animamix, Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2007  The Contemporary Way of Media and Tradition - Ten Contemporary Chinese Sculptors, Asian Art Center, Beijing, China

       The Generation without a Center - The Art of Post 70’s, 798 Art District, Beijing, China

       Outlook, Ogilvy O Gallery, Beijing, China

       Without You, Without Me, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China

       From Rural Modernity to Urban Utopia - A Retrospective of Sichuan School of Painting 1976 - 2006, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

       Visual Experiences, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

       Narrative, Fantasy, Future - Exhibition of Post 70’s New Art, Tang Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

       Wuhan ! Wuhan !, Nanjing Square Contemporary Art Museum, Nanjing, China

       Things Do Not - Variations and Explorations of True Images, Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea

       Energy: Spirit, Body, Material, Today Art Museum: 1st Today’s Documents 2007, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

       China’s First Contemporary Art Exposition in Japan, Tokyo National Arts Club, Japan

       Chen Ke, Li Jikai, Wei Jia, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA

       Made in Asia, Opera Gallery, Hong Kong, China

       There Has Never Been A Change - New Art from China, Seasons Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

       Uncollectivism - Exhibition of Wuhan’s Post 70’s Arts, Soka Arts Centre, Beijing, China

Journey to the West - A Chinese New Story, Kunstraum Noe Niederösterreichische Museum, Vienna, Austria

       China Now Now! Cobra Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

       New Youth, Jianghan University Gallery, Wuhan, China  

2006  The Contemporary Way of Media and Tradition - Ten Contemporary Chinese Sculptors, Asian Art Center, Beijing, China

       Beyond Dimension: Chinese New Painting, Nanjing Square Contemporary Art Museum, Nanjing, China

       The Self - Made Situation: A Retrospective of New Chinese Painting 2005, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

       Blog and Statement: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beicheng Tianjie, Chongqing, China

       Happy New Year: Oil Painting by Young Artists, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

       Unusual Impression: Oil Painting by Post-Cenozoic, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

 Reality in Metaphor, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing, China

 World Cup Beautiful Football 11×11 Doodle Exhibition, Citic Plaza, Shanghai, China

       Chongqing Chili, Qingdao Art Museum, Qingdao, China

       New Interface-Debut of UP Generation, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China

       SATELLITE 2006 Contemporary Art & Design Exhibition, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China

       Potential Dialogue - The Party of Sino-Austria Young Artists, Nanjing RCM Art Museum, Nanjing, China

       Varied Images - Invitational Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Paintings, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

       Beyond Experience: New China! Arario Gallery, Beijing, China

       New works by Chen Bo and Li Jikai, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

       Autumn for Opportunists, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

2005  Next Station, Cartoon? Star Gallery, He Xiangning Art Museum, Chongqing Art Museum, Beijing, Shenzhen, Chongqing

       The Game of Being Low and Shallow: Rising of the Cartoon Generation, Garage 3818, 798 Art District, Beijing

Future Archeology: The Second Triennial Exhibition of Chinese Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

After 1970s: The Generation Changed by Market, Mingyuan Art Center, Shanghai; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

       Restriction and Freedom: Xiashi, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

       Siemens Art Project: What Are They Doing Here—WH.S+8, Siemens Wuhan Branch, Wuhan, China

       Multi-Purpose Card, Top Floor Space of Taikang Life Insurance Company Ltd, Beijing, China

       Implied Words - Deep in Reality: Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Liuhe Tianyu Underground Garage, Hangzhou, China

       Warm: Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai, China

       Bad Kids’ Sky: Post-70s Troubled Youths, Garage 3818, Beijing, China

2004  Light Load to Start - Exchange Exhibition between Chongqing and Hong Kong, Hong Kong Art Commune, Hong Kong, Chongqing

 Passage - Sino-French Art Gallery, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing, China

 Young Spirit - New Chinese Painting, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen; Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

 Fuzzy Friction - The First Art Document Nomination Exhibition, Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China

       Wishing You Prosperity, Sell Fish Eyes for Pearls and Ass in the Lion’s Skin - The First Art Document Nomination Exhibition, Wuhan, China

       Colorful World - Exhibition of New Strength in Chinese Oil Painting 2004, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, China

       Scarify - China Modern Independent Image Exhibition, Home • M Commune, Chongqing, China

 

 

Collection

He Xiangning Art Museum, RCM Art Museum, Sifang Art Museum, Qinghe Contemporary Art Gallery, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Today Art Museum, SZ Art Center, Center of Contemporary Art Shangdong, China Minsheng Banking CORP., LTD, Museum of Contemporary Art(MOCA)of Singapore, Red Mansion Foundation, Wuhan Art Museum, Franks - Suss Collection, Hubei Art Museum, Long Museum, Union Art Museum etc.

 

 

Publishing

2016  

The Sleepy Farmer Among the Billowing Wheat Fields- Li Jikai’s Solo Exhibition, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

2015   The Museum of Innocence, Union Art Museum, Wuhan, China

           The Potato Eaters, Ding Ding, Taipei, China

2014   Waste Picker, Amy Li Gallery, Beijing, China

           Li Jikai, Jan van der Togt Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands

2013  White Dew, Amy Li Gallery, Beijing, China

Lake and Reflections of Light, Wuhan Publishing House, Wuhan, China

2012   Boy, Doll and Fragment, China Today Art Museum Publishing House, Beijing, China

       Fragments of the Abyss, Interalia Space, Seoul, Korea

2011  Within You, Without You, Dialogue Space Gallery, Beijing, China

       Existential Condition - The Morality of Li Jikai's Painting, Saint Angelo Group, Shanghai, China

2010  Reflections, Canvas International Arts Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

       Lantern - Li Jikai Solo Exhibition, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

The Solitary Musings of a Silent Soul - A Collection of Li Jikai’s Works, Culture and Art Publishing House, Beijing, China

2009  Leaving Some Room for Imagination, China Today Art Museum Publishing House, Beijing, China

      Walking Along, Canvas International Arts Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008  Small Worlds, Seasons Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Arbitrary Branch, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

      Turbid, Tang Contemporary Art Center, Hong Kong

       Broken Wood Forest, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

2007  Li JiKai, Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Shanghai, China

Li Jikai, Schuebbe Project, Dǔsseldorf, Germany

2006       Li Jikai, RCM Gallery, Nanjing, China

Li Jikai, Der-Horng Art Gallery, Tainan, China

 

 

CURATORS

Xia Jifeng is born in 1969 in Zhejiang province. As writer and poet, he has published numerous works, including collection of short stories Young Criminals, collection of poems Learning to Write, The Sentimental Rhetoric, etc, and thousands of literary critiques. Since 2006 he started to get involved in the Chinese Contemporary Art sector. He observes the evolution of contemporary art through literary trends that he has experienced and understood,and has been committed to the development of Chinese Contemporary Art. With his strong ability and rich experience, Xia Jifeng curated a dozens of exhibitions in China and abroad. Lately he has been focusing on the retrospection and contemplation on Chinese Contemporary Art, especially the trends and attempts appeared after 2000. By curating exhibitions, writing and publishing art critiques, Xia Jifeng seeks to build a discourse system of which the main body consists of domestic curators, artists and art critics, a system that is unique and different from the western one.

He is now the director of Hive Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

 

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Sceneries in the Journey of Life: Li Jikai Solo Exhibition

DATE: Jun 04 - Jul 09, 2016

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

CURATOR: Xia Jifeng

ARTIST: Li Jikai

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