Ji Xin Polyphony 2021 Oil on canvas & Artist made frame 163.5×133.5cm
In the concept of his new work, Ji Xin（b.1988） attempts to distil a metaphysical reference through the setting of figures and situations, a state of reversion and coexistence between human and god. Polyphony incorporates Ji Xin’s research into the aesthetic tonality of classical architecture and sculpture. The elements in the painting, such as the sofa and the screen, do not appear in a natural state of reality, but the main structure is transformed into the style of a Greek temple. The resting figures are subservient to this sense of architecture and create a circulation and interchange of breath with the symbolic black and white cats. The whole work is dense in a light greenish tone with shades of grey, which, together with the wooden frame specially designed by the artist for this work, creates a musical iteration.
Duan Jianwei Embrace the Tiger 2022 Oil on canvas 100×80cm
Embrace the Tiger is Duan Jianwei（b.1961）’s latest work, created in the Year of the Tiger 2022. Duan finds a poetic seam between tradition and modernity, presenting a harmonious and quiet atmosphere. Although the scene is a close up, it glows with a distant mood. The girl’s eyes fall on a distant place outside the painting, with a kind of compassion that grows from the land, creating a contradictory tension with the festive spirit of the New Year. This contradiction is dissolved through the surreal imagery of the tiger cub in the girl’s arms into a dense nostalgia, which at this point is an ambiguous portrayal and pursuit of the self and the outside world.
Wang He View from the Window——Landscape with Snow 2022 Ink and color on silk 73×33cm，44×33cm
“View from the Window” is a series of diptych paintings initiated by Wang He （b.1983）in 2018. The series is often a dual perspective series, with one window showing a distant view taken directly from the antique painting, and the other going deeper into the hinterland, with a viewpoint that is decidedly different from the original, with the dwelling in the painting looking out of the window at another facet of the painting’s world. The left panel in View from the Window – Landscape with Snow is taken from Sun Junze’s Landscape with Snow, Yuan Dynasty, while the right panel highlights the focal perspective, contrasting with the scattered perspective on the left. Wang He uses the Western-style shower room setting and the water flowing down from the shower to correspond with the ancient Chinese landscape, creating a harmonious contrast between the East and the West.
Du Jingze Hanny’s Voorwerp 2022 Oil on canvas 150×150 cm
The most distinctive feature of Du’s work （b.1995）is the strong stylistic and painterly approach to portraying images with a digital deformation logic. In his latest works, Du emphasises the embedding of multiple viewing dimensions and perspectives in the form of a single figure, as if practising the logic of digital drawing in realistic painting, like the repeated cutting and materiality of masks and layers in Photoshop software. The traditional viewing habits of realistic painting based on the naked eye are progressively broken, while the visual and tactile impulses of viewing in physical space are embraced in internet-based viewing. It is like having a two-way compound eye, dispatching a different viewing experience in multi-dimensions