Beauty’s Finger

2020. Oil on Japanese-imported wood board, Japanese glass resin. 25×36cm.

Burst into tears

2020. Oil on Japanese-imported wood board, Japanese glass resin. 25×36cm.

Pure Land- The Tide

2019. Oil on canvas. 140×180cm.

Tell me Why

2019. Oil on canvas, acrylic frame. Φ50cm.

Keep a secret

2019. Oil on canvas, acrylic bead, acrylic frame. Φ50cm.

Cyborg Body — Show me

2019. Oil on canvas. 220x140cm.

Pure Land-Namaste

2018. Oil on canvas. 40×30cm.

Bondage No.1

2018. Oil, plastic gem, holographic belt, acrylic cover on canvas. 65x45cm.

Bondage No.5

2018. Oil, plastic gem, PVC belt, acrylic cover on canvas. 60x45cm.

Cyborg Body-U Baby

2018. Oil on canvas. 270x125cm.

Pure Land-Hermit Fairy

2017. Oil on canvas. 45×60cm.

Cyborg Body No.1

2017. Oil on canvas. 180x60cm.

Never Land

2015. Installation, mixed media. 380×450 cm.

Sukhavati

2015. Oil on canvas. 140×360 cm.

Under the Water No.2

2015. Oil on canvas. 140×180 cm.

Under the Water No.1

2015. Oil on canvas. 140×180 cm.

Jellyfish

2015. Oil on canvas, crystal resin collage. 140×180 cm.

Deer Land No.5

2015. Oil on canvas. 89.8×89.8cm.

Deer Land No.3

2015. Oil on canvas. 89.5×89.5cm.

Six Messengers of Ksitigarbha-Messenger of Strength

2015. Oil on canvas, material collage. 220×140cm.

Six Messengers of Ksitigarbha-Yāma

2015. Oil on canvas, crystal resin collage. 220×140cm.

Six Messengers of Ksitigarbha-Kumāra

2015. Oil on canvas, material collage. 220×140cm.

Angry Asura

2015. Oil on canvas, crystal resin collage. 90×125cm.

Asura No.6

2015. Oil on canvas, crystal resin collage. 40×30cm.

Asura No.5

2015. Oil on canvas, crystal resin collage. 40×30cm.

Asura No.4

2015. Oil on canvas, crystal resin collage. 40×30cm.

Asura No.1

2015. Oil on canvas, crystal resin collage. 40×30cm,

Half-length Asura

2015. Oil on canvas, crystal resin collage. 155×110cm.

Song Kun

1996 Fine Arts School Affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts

2002 BA, Third Studio, Oil Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts

2006 MA, Third Studio, Oil Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts

Currently lives and works in Beijing as a professional artist

 

http://songkun.org/

 

Introduction

Song Kun earned her MFA in 2006 from the oil painting department of the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA). Song’s practice focuses on painting while incorporating music live, video, installation, and other media. She is hailed as one of the most promising female artists in China.   

 

The honesty and emotional power in her work align her with “ the few artists who have established their own unique vocabularies of figurative painting in the contemporary art scene ”. In her works, she observes and captures the different figures and fleeting moments in reality and hyper-reality world, She gathers up the fragments of our time, at the same time makes the elements-restructuring.  As a result, her works constitute a mythical, private spatiality that reflects the potential changes in China.

 

“Narration in the style of stream of consciousness” and “interval and synaesthesia images in the subconsciousness” are the two concepts, They play key roles in her works. Instead of employing specific symbols, she offers her independent observation on how to experience cognition and emotion in life.

 

Song Kun’s works have always contained important concepts: “streaming narrative of consciousness” and “unconsciousness of the subconscious”. These are important features in her creation, in addition to this, she uses aspects of Chinese oriental aesthetics. She never tries to provide any fixed symbols or concepts but proposes a sample of China’s independence at this stage for the proposition “How to Feel the Experience Cognition and Rich Emotions Given by Life”. Her firmness and self-confidence have enabled her paintings to borrow language from music, sound, and images to give painting special narrative energy.

 

In recent years, Song Kun’s artistic creation has entered a new stage, experimentally integrating contemporary subcultures and religious elements with her creative system, forming a unique sample that is closer to her personal temperament.

 

Previous notable shows by the artist include: It’s My Life (Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, 2006); Song Kun (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2007); Xi Jia-River Lethe (Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, 2008); Seeking the Recluse but not Meeting (Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 2009); A  Thousand Kisses Deep (UCCA, Beijing, 2012); HALF THE SKY – Women in the New Art of China; (Leonard Pearlstein Museum, Philadelphia, USA,2011); Visual Stream of Consciousness (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2014); My Generation: Young Chinese Artists (Tampa Museum of Art, USA, 2014); China8 – Rhein – Ruhr Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibit (NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014); Cosmos (M21 Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2015), ASURA SUKHAVATI (Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2015);  She (Long Museum, Shanghai, China, 2016);  SUKHAVATI( Cc Foundation & Art Center, Shanghai, China, 2018);  Painting: Macro (Guangdong Museum of Art, China, 2020).

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019 IMBODY-Feeling Real · Nude, SSSSART, Shanghai, China

2018 SUKHAVATI o 0, Cc Foundation & Art Center, Shanghai, China

2017 ASURA SUKHAVATI, Kiyoshi Art Space, Tokyo, Japan

2015 ASURA SUKHAVATI, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2013 Visual Stream of Consciousness, Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2012 A Thousand Kisses Deep, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2009 Seeking the Recluse but not Meeting, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2008 Xi Jia – River Lethe, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

2007 Song Kun, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA

2006 It’s My Life, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

 

Group Exhibitions

2021

Futurism of the Past,Beijing Exhibition Center, Beijing, China

Art as Living Organism, MADEIN Gallery, Shanghai, China

Duration: Chinese Art in Transformation, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China

Cover, Enclave Contemporary, Shenzhen, China

2020

Painting: Macro, Guangdong Museum of Art, China

Being of Evils, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Morphing in-between, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

CLEAN, SPURS Gallery, Beijing, China

2019

I Love Beijing New Wave, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Epithet Portrayed, Don Gallery, Shanghai, China

2018

The Fiftieth Exhibition: Five Years in Qikeshu, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

N.A.I.C Project XArt Depot, Commune by The Great Wall, Beijing, China

Collage, C5Art Space, Beijing, China

Portrait of Time, The Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum, Beijing, China

2017

KUNST GEMEINSAM GESTALTEN, Goethe-Institute, Beijing, China

Magic Sampling, Fruity Space, Beijing, China

Lines of Unthought, Edmond Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2016

SHE: International Women Artists Exhibition, Long Museum, Shanghai, China

Unrealities in the Reality, Boxes Art Space, Shenzhen, China

Exotic Stranger, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

Art Paris, Paris, France

Prison Lab, China & Germany Cultural Exchange Year Art Project, Berlin, Germany

2015

Up-Youth, Beijing Times Art Museum, Beijing, ChinaArt Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Fiction, OWSpace, Beijing, China

CHINA 8, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany

The Temperature of History, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Film, Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2014

The World III in the Third World, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Cosmos, M21 Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Hazing Kyoto, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Island, Modern Sky Lab, Beijing, China

Uneasy Trip in Asia, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Summer 2014: Friends, Pool and Waves, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

Landscape of Man, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, China

N12 – No.6, Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei, China

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA

Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

N12 – No.5, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China

2013

Criss-Cross, Long Museum, Shanghai, China

Being Entangled with Paper, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Atypical, Gallery Beijing Space, Beijing, China

Uneasy Trip in Asia IV, Poly Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China

Being Is Not Being, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Frieze New York, New York, USA

Uneasy Trip in Asia, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Art13 London, London, UK

Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The Food in the World, Linda Art Center, Beijing, China

2012

Narcissism, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Stranger, HdAArt Salon, Berlin, GermanyParadise in the East, C5Art Center, Beijing, China

Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Lust and Love of the Young and Liberated, 798 Space, Beijing, China

Sleep in Spring, C5Art Center, Beijing, China

2011

DAYBREAK, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China

Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

In A Perfect World, Meulensteen Gallery, New York, USA

Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2010

Do You See What I Mean?, Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China

The Armory Show, New York, USA

The Mirror of This Time, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, China

Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2009

Kyoka Suigetsu — Female Contemporary Art, Power Center Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Touch, A4 Gallery, Chengdu, China

Pick up All the Winter Branches, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, China

NOTCH09 Art Festival, The VILLAGE, Beijing, China

Hello Sadness, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand

2008

Looking for Me, Minsheng Contemporary Arts Center, Shanghai, China

Art Premiere, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2007

The Second Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China

2006

Body-Boundary, Chambers Fine Art, New York, U.S.

Chaos City, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

N12 – No. 4, C5Art Center, Beijing, China2005

Naughty Kids, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

N12 – No. 3, CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China

The Second Chinese Art Triennial, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

2004

New Wave, Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China, and Singapore

N12 – No. 2, CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China

Mode of Sensibility, Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China, and Singapore

Made in China, Design in France, Paul Ricard Gallery, Paris, France

Beijing-Dezoned-Paris, Le Cube, Issy les Moulineaux, France

2003

SHE, Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China

N12 – No. 1, CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China

Beyond the Face and Surface, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore

2000

Water: First Show of Exo-Site Art Program, Huanyi Warehouse, Beijing, China

Age of Er Chang, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

 

Live 

2020

Sonic Fall Beijing, 798 Art Center, Beijing, China

Pure Land -Tusumi Forest, Tokyo, Japan

2018

SUKHAVATI o 0, Cc Foundation & Art Center, Shanghai, China

Collage, C5Art Center and C5 Youth Retreat, Beijing, China

2017

RAW-Wave, BLG Lab, Beijing, China

Spook in Hot Pot, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Magic Sampling, fRUITYSPACE, Beijing, China2016

Summer Art Night, BLG Lab and M Woods Museum, Beijing, China

Sound of Silence, China Film Archive, Beijing, China

Sound of Silence, KINO KROKODI, Berlin, Germany

2015

Sound of Silence, THEATER SAMSA, Tokyo, Japan

ININ Cosmos, M21 Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Fiction, OWSpace, Beijing, China

2014

Don’t Worry Garden, Houyuan, Beijing, China

Island, Modern Sky Lab, Beijing, China

2013

Being Is Not Being, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Lull&Noise in Dog Night No.2, Temple Bar, Beijing, China

2012

This Is Not a Party, 798 AKRYL space, Beijing, China

Sleep in Spring, C5Art Center, Beijing, China

Lull&Noise in Dog Night No.1, School, Beijing, China

Paradise in the East, C5 Art Center, Beijing, China

Stranger, HdAArt Salon, Berlin, Germany

 

Artist-in-Residence Programs

2016

Big Whale, Berlin, Germany

KUNST GEMEINSAM GESTALTEN, Berlin Germany

2014

Island, Modernsky Lab Art Program, Phuket, Thailand

2008

Leipzig International Art Program, Leipzig, Germany

 

Major Collections

CAFAArt Museum, China

M+ Museum, Hongkong

Long Museum, China

Minsheng Art Museum, China

New Century Art Foundation, China

Start Museum, Shanghai, China

Cc Foundation & Art Center, China

Zhi Art Museum, China

Qiao Zhibing, China

He Juxing, China

Giraud Pissarro Segalot, USA

Francois Pinault, France

Uli Sigg, Switzerland

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