"Vaulting Limits" Exhibition

Tenri Cultural Institute

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Trained in modern European painting and influenced by the Chinese ink tradition, Cao Jigang, Lin Yan, Wei Jia, Xiao Bing and Yuan Zuo explore the borders between abstraction and realism, painting and sculpture, symbolism and literalness, improvisation and regimented discipline. While ostensibly nebulous, the artworks included in the show, simultaneously appear startling; familiar yet strangely unsettling providing an enlightening flicker of displacement. All five artists are graduates of the most advanced and prestigious, yet government sponsored art academy in Beijing, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). They’ve straddled the categories of traditional and contemporary producing works that, while employing time-honored methods and materials are meaningful to the contemporary world.

Lin Yan expresses her political pre-occupations through xuan paper that in itself has a rich cultural history dating back to the Tang Dynasty when it was used for calligraphy, painting and book printing. Wei Jia’s collage works with hand made paper relate to calligraphy with which he embellishes his work’s surfaces as well as its layers to explore his cultural roots. Cao Jigang’s landscapes, while addressing historic entities, simultaneously fragment reality at times by offering detailed views or by dividing it into panels. Fragmentation, separation and Heraclitan flux or eruption can partly describe the work of Xiao Bing. Yuan Zuo is a scholar and painter familiar not only with his own culture’s historic past but also with that of the west.



from May 04, 2012 to May 26, 2012
Panel Discussion: 5/12 (Sat.) 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Opening Reception on 2012-05-10 from 18:00 to 20:00

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