EXHIBITION

Wildlife: Song Ling Solo Exhibition

ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION

Hive Center for Contemporary Art is honored to announce the opening ofWildlife: Song LingSolo Exhibition, which will launch at 4:00p.m. on30 Sept. 2016. The exhibition will show Song Ling'snew works of the recent years, from when he came back to organize his respective exhibition in China and establish his studio in Hanghzou from Australia, in 2013. The exhibition will last until Nov. 3, 2016.

In 2014, Ghosts in the Mirror, Song Ling's first retrospective exhibitionwas organized in Today Art Museum(Beijing), with its full success, the exhibition, comprised roughly 200 artworks and large amounts of documentary materials spanning three decades’ artistic career of Song Ling,had the second show in Zhejiang Museum(Hangzhou).Song Ling was born in Hangzhou in 1961, and graduated from Zhejiang Academy of Art in 1984. His series People-Pipelines was featured in ’85 New Space, one of the most important exhibitions of the ’85 New Wave art movement. These works used Surrealist techniques to prophet the human contradictions of the era of industrialization. In 1986, he joined Zhang Peili, GengJianyi and others to found the Pond Association. At the same time, Song Ling also reached a high point in his individual creations. Between 1986 and 1987, he created a series of ink paintings entitled Meaningless Choice? In this series, Song Ling absorbed and incorporated the expressive forms and linguistic traits of photography to create numerous reproductions of the same image (mostly livestock). This approach calls to mind Walter Benjamin’s critique on the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. The artist’s depictions of these animals can also be seen as depictions of people: in the era of industrial technology and mechanical cultivation, man and livestock share the same fate. After 1987, as the tumultuous ’85 New Wave art movement was approaching its close, Song Ling left China to study and live in Australia. Once in Australia, he continued with his already-formed unique individual style. Aside from ink painting, he also experimented with mixed-media collage, acrylic and other mediums, 12 solo exhibitions had been organized. During his residence in Australia, Song has concerns about Chinese contemporary scene as always, and he returned to Hangzhou to set up a studio in 2013.

Song Ling’s works since 2013 include series like “The Instrument”, “Nightwalker”, “Scull”, “Dead Bird” and the “Wildlife” series in the past two years; by extracting the vital heat of every object, Song Ling captures all the rare, vanishing secrets in the cold and lonesome darkness. The portrayed parts in the “The Instrument” series are similar morphologically to the images in other “animal”-related series, both being sharp, thinly brittle, de-thermalized, and delicate in structure. In his “animal”-related series, the animal or the skeleton is placed in the center of the picture, with a faded background, without warmth, feelings or breaths, through which Song Ling tries to elicit thoughts on aesthetic issues about time and space, life and death, evanescence and eternity, clarity and obscurity, etc.

In the “Wildlife” series, the depicted objects appear to be put on a stage as well as in a trap. Viewers go beyond the peeping angle set by Song Ling to the far-away original environment behind them. It’s easy for eyes to trace their roots out of the trap, but the wild animals can only be limited in the virtual field of the foreground, and the picture is filled with a mood cold as machinery, betraying imagination and distortion. Some of Song’s works take on the tone of grey and blue, while “Cruel/Devour” in “Wildlife”, his latest large quintuplet, turns out to be depicted in the color of ink which is devoid of feelings; the scenario of “Cruel/Devour” is more complicated and dramatic, and the color of ink is employed to give a cold and lonesome noise to the environment.

In the “Wildlife” series, the depicted objects appear to be put on a stage as well as in a trap. Viewers go beyond the peeping angle set by Song Ling to the far-away original environment behind them. It’s easy for eyes to trace their roots out of the trap, but the wild animals can only be limited in the virtual field of the foreground, and the picture is filled with a mood cold as machinery, betraying imagination and distortion. Some of Song’s works take on the tone of grey and blue, while “Cruel/Devour” in “Wildlife”, his latest large quintuplet, turns out to be depicted in the color of ink which is devoid of feelings; the scenario of “Cruel/Devour” is more complicated and dramatic, and the color of ink is employed to give a cold and lonesome noise to the environment.

Over the past few decades, Song’s art has witnessed the Western cultural ideas and art ecology being reshaped and the innovative turn of the human world into an age of multimedia information, and in his experimentation on many other mediums, he has never put aside ink and wash, the narrative manner of his ideas and visual logic. In his new creations, the wild animals, fighting at close quarters, roaring with anger, or tripped over, de-thermalized at the center of the stage, fill the virtual space of materialism in this consumer age with noise and coldness; in this way, the narration in ink and wash may have helped settle some warmth and created an imbalance of perfect subtlety.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Song Ling

 

1961       Born in Hangzhou, China

1984       Graduated from Department of Chinese Painting of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts(Now as China National Academy of Fine Arts).

Lives and works in Melbourne and Hangzhou.

 

Solo Exhibition

 

2016      Wildlife: Song Ling Solo ExhibitionHive Center for Contemporary Art,Beijing,China

2015       Ghosts in the Mirror: Song Ling1985-2015, Zhejiang Art Museum, Zhejiang, China

2014       Ghosts in the Mirror: Song Ling1985-2013, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2013       The Face, Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, Australia

2012       Beatty and the Beast, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

2011       A Day in the Life, Michael Reid, Sydney, Australia

2010       Kaleidoscope, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

2009       Paintings by Song Ling, Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, Australia

2008       When We Were Young, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

2007       Song Ling, Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, Australia

2006       Song Ling, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

2001   Ink Work by Song Ling, Zhejiang Painting Academy, Hangzhou, China

1997       Song Ling, Caulfield Arts Complex, Melbourne, Australia

1996       Paintings by Song Ling, Pinacotheca, Melbourne, Australia

1994       Paintings by Song Ling, Pinacotheca, Melbourne, Australia

1992       Paintings by Song Ling, Pinacotheca, Melbourne, Australia

1991       Mystical East, Chinese Museum, Melbourne, Australia

1989       Impounded Visions, Frank Hardy Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia

 

Group Exhibition

2015       Variation: Contemporary Chinese Ink Art Series II, Hive Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2014       Crossing Boundaries - Contemporary Asian Australian Artists, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia          

2013       ’85 and an Art Academy, National Art Museum, Beijing, China

Arts Can Do, Australia China Art Foundation, Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong

The Sulman Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Snake, Snake, Snake - Contemporary Asian Australian Artists, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia     

2012       Art Event, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

ShContamprary, Australia China Art Foundation, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

Redlands Westpac Art Prize Exhibition, NAS Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Chinese Australia, Ausin Tung Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2011       Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Art Award Exhibition, Campbell Town Art Cener, Sydney, Australia

Savage Club Art Prize Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

Mosman Art Prize Exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Citizen Collectors, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

Art for Science, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Artwork to Tapestry, Tarra Warra Museum of Art, Victoria, Australia

Prometheus Visual Arts Award Exhibition, Merrimac, Queensland, Australia

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Calleen Art Award Exhibition, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

2010   The 2010 Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize Exhibition, Gold Coast City Gallery,

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Art Award Exhibition, Campbelltown Art Center, New South Wales, Australia

Paul Guest Prize 2010 Exhibition, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne Art Fair, Niagara Galleries, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia

Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne, Australia

The Stanthorpe Art Festival Award Exhibition, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

2009       Art for Science, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Sunshine Coast Art Prize Exhibition, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland, Australia

City of Darebin and La Trobe University Art Prize Exhibition, Bundoora Homestead Art Center, Melbourne, Australia

Recent Acquisitions from the Deakin University Art Collection, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Coming Home, Linda Gallery, Beijing, China

Now 2.0, ACGA Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Salon des Refuses Exhibition, The National Trust S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Sulman Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2008       Art Singapore, Gaffer Hong Kong, Singapore

Melbourne Art Fair, Niagara Galleries, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia

From Mao to Now, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Australian Contemporary Art, the Rotunda Exchange Square Central, Hong Kong

Archibald Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Linden Postcard Show, Linden, Melbourne, Australia

2007  The 2007 Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize Exhibition, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award Finalists Exhibition, Sydney, Australia

Blake Prize Exhibition, National Art School, Sydney, Australia

Savage Club Art Prize Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

MLC Acquisitive Art Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

The City of Darebin and La Trobe University Art Prize, Bundoora Homestead Art Center, Melbourne, Australia

Art for Science, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Crossroads, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

The 2007 Prometheus Art Exhibition, Gold Coast, Australia

Art@mgs Contemporary Art Exhibition, Motor Works Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Tattersall Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

2006       If You Were To Collect…, the Deloitte Art Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, Australia

ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award Finalists Exhibition, Sydney, Australia

New Social Commentaries F.J.Foundation Art Prize Exhibition, Warrnambool Art

 Gallery, Victoria, Australia          

ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Art Fair, Niagara Galleries, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia

2004       Sydney Affordable Art Fair, East and West Art, Sydney, Australia

2001       New Space - 2000, Hangzhou, China

1999       International Contemporary Calligraphy, Hangzhou, China

1997       Pinacotheca Artists, Pinacotheca, Melbourne, Australia

Chinese Painting, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

1995       Chinese Artists Association, Fire Station Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1994       A Place of Refuge, Ballarat Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

1993       Diamond Valley Art Award Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

1992       Transitional Chinese Art in Australia, East and West Art, Melbourne, Australia

1990       Collective Exhibition of Raja Idris Gallery, Raja Idris Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1989      The Light of Asia, The Arts Center Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

1988   Australia in the Mirror of the East, Galleria Di Tonetto E Salla, Gold Coast, Queensland,

Australia

Mayoon Fine Asian Art, Los Angeles, USA

1986       Chishe, a series of art events, happenings and environmental installations, Hangzhou, China

Beyond the Open Door, Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles, USA

1985       ’85 New Space, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China

       Sport in Chinese Art, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Exhibition of Youth Art in a Progressing China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

 

 

 

Bibliography (Selected)

Lu Hong, History of Chinese Contemporary Art 1978 – 1999, Shanghai Shuhua Publishing House, 2013

Awakening of the Dragon, Harper's Bazaar Australia, February 2013

Melissa Pesa, Beauty and the Beast, Art Almanac, July 2012

Danny Gocs, Portrait Fit for the Archibald, The Australia Jewish News, March 9, 2012

Song Ling, Well-known Painter of Chinese Origin, Dares to Explore the Oscar of Australian Art World, Melbourne Daily, April 30, 2011

Artist Song Ling and His Works, United Times, August 11, 2011

Terry Ingram, Pond Artist Swimming in It, Australian Financial Review, December 8, 2011

Suzanne Carbone, Artist’s Multicultural Palette, The Age, November 24, 2011

Kate Just, Song Ling - Pop Artist, ARTicle magazine, Issue 12, 2011, Melbourne

Helen Redmond, A Stable Influence, Vogue Living, Autumn/Winter Issue, 2010

Special feature of the Pond Association(Chishe) in Fine Art in China magazine , Cover of Art Asia Pacific Nov - Dec Issue, 2010

Kate Just, Song Ling-Kaleidoscope, Niagara Publishing, Melbourne

Lu Peng, The Story of Art in China- from Late Qing to Present, Peking University Press, 2010

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Harriet Fesq, Strokes of Genius, Art Market Report, Issue 29, August 2008

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Gao Minglu, A History of Contemporary Chinese Art 1985-1986, Shanghai People's Publishing House, 1991

Contemporary Chinese Artists, Chinese Research Institute, Beijing, 1988

Meaningless Choice ? Series on page 11 of Jiangsu Pictorial, Issue 12, 1987

People’s Pipeline on the inside front cover of Harvest magazine, Issue 5, 1987

Female Player on the inside front cover of Donghai magazine, Issue 4, 1987

Meaningless Choice ? No.12, Meaningless Choice ? No.11 on page 8 of Arts magazine, Issue 2, 1987

Walking in the Green Space by Geng Jianyi, Zhang Peili, Song Ling et al., on the back cover of The Trend of Art Thought magazine, Issue 1, 1987

Work Platform One in New Arts, Issue 1, 1987

People· Pipelines No.4 on inside back cover of West Lake magazine, Issue 12, 1986

Remote Sense on page 17 of Jiangsu Pictorial magazine, Issue 9, 1986

People· Pipelines No.1, People· Pipeline No.2 on inside back cover of Wenhuayule (Culture and Entertainment) magazine, Issue 6, 1986

White Pipeline, on inside front cover of Jiang Nan supplementary issue, March 1986

Remote Sense on front cover, and People· Pipeline, White Pipeline on inside pages of Arts magazine, Issue 2,1986

Avant-garde Artist IV – Chi She from Zhejiang, Fine Art in China, Issue 45, 1985

Horizon, Light and Shadow on page 38 of Jiangsu Pictorial, Issue 8,1985

The World of Building Berths on front cover of Fuchunjiang Pictoral magazine, Issue 7, 1985

Serial pictures Twinge in Fuchunjiang Pictoral magazine, Issue 5, 1985

The World of Building Berths on inside front cover of New Arts magazine, Issue 2, 1985

People Paving the Road Alongside the Sea in New Arts magazine, Issue 4, 1984

People Paving the Road Alongside the Sea in Youth Daily, July 13, 1984

People Paving the Road Alongside the Sea in Jiangsu Pictorial magazine, Issue 9, 1984

 

 

Collections

Yuz Foundation, Djakarta, Indonesia; Shanghai, China

Long Museum, Shanghai, China

ANZ Bank, Melbourne, Australia

Sydney Art Bank, Sydney, Australia

Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Hawkesbury Art Collection, Australia

Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles, USA

M+ Museum

Private collections in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, USA and UK.

 

 

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Wildlife: Song Ling Solo Exhibition

DATE: Sep 30 - Nov 03, 2016

ADDRESS: Hive Center for Contemporary Art

CURATOR: Xia Jifeng

ARTIST: Song Ling

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