Art Busan 2015


Art Busan 2015 Stand B08

BEXCO Exhibition Center II, Apec-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea

VIP/Press Preview: 4 June, 3–8pm

Exhibition Dates: 5–7 June, noon–8pm, 8 June, 11am–5pm

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Left: Su Dong Ping b. 1958, 2013No.11 (2013) Oil and mixed media on canvas, 162 x 201 cm

Right: Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA) b. 1962, Dreaming Rich Drawing 1 (2013) Work on paper, 76 x 173 cm



Busan—Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to announce its first participation in the fourth edition of Art Busan, one of Asia’s fastest growing art fairs. The fair attracts top-tier and up-and-coming contemporary art galleries and collectors from around the world; it has increased in scale by 50% each year since its inception. 180 galleries are expected to take part in this year’s fair, located in the renowned waterfront city of Busan.

At Art Busan, the Galleries will continue its mission of promoting cross-cultural dialogue within Asia, as well as between the East and West by exhibiting contemporary artists from different cultural backgrounds with a focus on Chinese abstract art. The Galleries will exhibit works by Chinese artists Qiu Deshu, Su Dong Ping, Su Xiaobai, Zhou Yang Ming, and Zhu Jinshi; as well as works by Indonesian artist Gatot Pujiarto, and British artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA).

Many of the exhibiting Chinese artists are known for being pioneers of Chinese abstract art, having led the movement to break free of realist painterly ideals prominent in 1980s China. These artists root their work in Taoist philosophy, which advocates the interconnectedness of humanity and nature, along with the cultivation of the inner self.

Beijing-based artist Zhu Jinshi uses heavily impastoed oil paint on canvas to create his abstract works. Having lived in Germany for over two decades, Zhu combines Chinese and Western influences, such as the wisdom of “emptiness” as reflected in the Diamond Sutra, and Michel Foucault’s theories of modernity.

Shenyang-based artist Su Dong Ping’s ‘action paintings’ also consist of thick impasto layered with raw images through a combination of compact and expansive brushwork. His work is influenced by traditional Chinese philosophies and calligraphy, as well as painterly expressionism.

The Galleries will also present two mystical works that combine sculpture and painting by one of China’s most distinctive painters, Su Xiaobai. Su, who like Zhu Jinshi lived in Germany for many years, reinvents the traditional Chinese art of lacquer in a contemporary manner that reflects Chinese tradition and questions the very structure and language of paint. Ranging from shell-like finishes to sensuous, curved profiles and abraded textures, the works exist entirely on their own terms, possessing a history, character and independent existence.

Beijing-based artist Zhou Yang Ming will show two line-based acrylic on canvas works, which investigate spatiality within the limitations of a canvas. By drawing and painting line after line, Zhou’s labour intensive works reflect his thoughts and ideas at the time of creation.

Gifted calligrapher and painter Qiu Deshu will exhibit a work from his celebrated Fissuring series, which consists of torn up pieces of painted xuan paper, which he reconfigures and mounts to form images. He leaves space in between the pieces to create lines or ‘fissures’ that travel across the painting’s expanse on top of a coloured base layer. Qiu’s use of ink, colour, and paper in a collage-like process, similar to techniques used in scroll-mounting, subverts the way brush and ink once defined the forms of Chinese landscape art.

Malang-based Indonesian artist Gatot Pujiarto will present Who Is Frustrated (2008), a mixed media collage work that consists of canvas, cloth, paper, and acrylic. Pujiarto’s works explore abnormalities in everyday life, amusing and provoking audiences to reinterpret everyday stories into new realities. The visual sensation in his works is combined with unique textures created by pasting, patching, layering, tearing, binding, and by making fabric patterns.

Born and based in London, and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA) investigates issues of identity, colonialism, and post-colonialism in his two works on paper Dreaming Rich Drawing 1 and 3 (both 2013). These works comment on modern day relationships with labour, power, and wealth, using Hong Kong as his inspiration by incorporating images of luxury associated with the city, including skyscrapers and racehorses.

About Gatot Pujiarto

Gatot Pujiarto was born in 1970 in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. He graduated from the Department of Fine Art and Design at IKIP Malang in 1995. He lives and works in Malang. Unlike his regional contemporaries, Pujiarto does not focus on realism, instead choosing to use metaphors to communicate stories, criticism, or observation of society and moral issues. His themes can combine contradictory elements, such as comedy and tragedy, and have a sense of irony. These elements combine into stories of mutation—how one thing can lead to another, or how things are not always as they seem.

Pujiarto has exhibited throughout Indonesia and in Malaysia, Russia, Hong Kong, and Korea.

About Qiu Deshu

Qiu Deshu was born in 1948 in Shanghai. He reimmersed himself in ink painting after the Cultural Revolution and co-founded the Grass Painting Society (Cao Cao Hua She), one of China’s first post-Mao experimental artist circles. In the early 1980s, Qiu developed his signature style of works called ‘fissuring’ (lie bian), which literally means tearing and changing in Chinese. Qiu applies vivid colours to xuan paper, which he tears up before mounting the fragments to a base layer, often leaving space in between to create a pictorial field with the “cracks” that he feels are symbolic of life’s journey.

Qiu’s works are in the permanent collections of the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Shanghai Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

About Su Dong Ping

Su Dong Ping (b. 1958, Shenyang, Liaoning province) began abstract painting as a revolt against the traditional education model after teaching painting and art history for over 20 years at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts. He employs both the measure and spirituality of calligraphy in his abstract painting. The ideal state of ‘bu miao,’ which means not to follow rules docilely when writing calligraphy, but to let the spirit and thought flow on paper spontaneously and decisively, is according to the artist the highest realm of painting. In addition to his calligraphic background, Su’s works are also informed by his rebellion against his education in Russian social realist painting, and his self-studies in different approaches to painting. Su Dong Ping layers his works with thick paint day after day. His works are cathartic, having escaped from the constraint of time and space to enter into a state of purity.

Su Dong Ping’s recent solo exhibitions include Landscapes of the Heart—The Abstract Art of Su Dong Ping (2015) at Pearl Lam Galleries in Shanghai, and Instant Measure: Paintings by Su Dong Ping (2014) at the Inside-Out Art Museum in Beijing.

About Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)

Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design), and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. He currently lives and works in the East End of London. Over the past decade, Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. Shonibare’s work explores these issues, alongside those of race and class, through the use of a wide range of media. Mixing Western art history and literature, he asks what constitutes our collective contemporary identity today.

Shonibare was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004 and awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (MBE). He has added this title to his professional name. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale and at leading museums around the world. Selected public collections include Arts Council Collection, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, Italy; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; Tate Collection, London, UK; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

About Su Xiaobai

Su Xiaobai was born in 1949 in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province. In 1965 he joined the School of Art and Crafts in Wuhan, and from 1985 he studied oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In 1987, he received a scholarship to study at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, where he was exposed to avant-garde Western art. Through his various journeys, Su has developed a language rich in personal experience and abstract symbols. During the 1990s, his work became progressively less figurative and following his return to China in 2003, it has increasingly focused on essential characteristics of colour, shape, and surface.

Recent solo shows include Su Xiaobai (2014) at Almine Rech in Paris and Painting and Being (2014) curated by Paul Moorhouse, curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London, at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong.

About Zhou Yang Ming

Zhou Yang Ming was born in 1971 in Taizhou, China and has been living and working in Beijing for over 20 years. While studying in Beijing, in 1996 he joined Xu Beihong’s studio to improve his artistic practice. Later, he moved to Songzhuang artist village, where he recently organised several exhibitions. Zhou ‘s works are all based on line and space, which ultimately reflect his thoughts and ideas at that specific moment. By drawing and painting line upon line, he creates a colourful surface, which shows great training of both hand and mind.

Zhou Yang Ming’s recent exhibitions include Chinese Abstract Art Case Exhibition (2014), Deshan Art Space, Beijing; Die Übermacht des Unsichtbaren
Abstrakte Malerei aus China (2014), Sammlung Hurrie Durbach Museum für aktuelle Kunst, Durbach, Germany; Spotless (2014), Daxiang Art Space, Taipei; Form does not differ from emptiness (2014), Tianjin Meijiang International Art Museum, Tianjin; Beijing Film Academy New Media Art Triennial (2013), Beijing Film Academy Art Museum; and Zhou Yang Ming Latest Artworks (2012), Shikela Art Gallery, Essen, Germany. Collections include China Art Museum, Beijing; Yuz Museum, Shanghai; Thomas Olbricht Collection, Berlin; and Teda Contemporary Art Museum, Tianjin.

About Zhu Jinshi

After completing an artist-in-residency in Germany and teaching in the Architecture Department at Berlin Technical University, Zhu Jinshi (b. 1954, Beijing) returned to Beijing, where he currently lives and works. He began painting abstract works in the late 1970s, and participated in the Stars group exhibition, the first avant-garde art exhibition after the Cultural Revolution. Zhu Jinshi first encountered the work of Joseph Beuys, Carl Andre and Arte Povera amongst others in Germany; conceptual and performance work seemed much more central there than did abstract painting. For a short time he stopped painting and began to make installations and performances. Yet what he was doing was using contemporary Western art languages to find the contemporary possibilities in the cultural resources and materials of China. Since his return to painting in the 21st century, Zhu has built a prolific body of work in the medium with sensuous, impassioned oil paintings that achieve a weighty, physical quality in their built-up surfaces, inseparable from their significance as expressive statement.

Zhu has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Zhu Jinshi: Simplicity (2014) at Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, 28 Chinese  (2013–14) at The Rubell Family Collection in Miami; Zhu Jinshi: The Reality of Paint  (2013) at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong; Zhu Jinshi (2012) at Blum and Poe in Los Angeles; and Chinese Contemporary Abstract, 1980s until Present: MINDMAP  (2012), which was Pearl Lam Galleries’ inaugural show in Hong Kong.

About Pearl Lam Galleries

Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam Galleries is a driving force within Asia’s contemporary art scene. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries to be launched out of China. Playing a vital role in stimulating international dialogue on Chinese and Asian contemporary art, the Galleries is dedicated to championing artists who re-evaluate and challenge perceptions of cultural practice from the region. The Galleries in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore collaborate with renowned curators, each presenting distinct programming from major solo exhibitions, special projects and installations to conceptually rigorous group shows. Based on the philosophy of Chinese Literati where art forms have no hierarchy, Pearl Lam Galleries is dedicated to breaking down boundaries between different disciplines, with a unique gallery model committed to encouraging cross-cultural exchange.

Contemporary Chinese Abstract art is heavily represented in the Galleries roster. Influential Chinese artists Zhu Jinshi and Su Xiaobai, who synthesise Chinese sensibilities with an international visual language, are presented internationally with work now included in major private and public collections worldwide. The Galleries have also introduced leading international artists such as Jenny Holzer, Jim Lambie and Yinka Shonibare MBE to markets in the region, providing opportunities for new audiences in Asia to encounter their work. Pearl Lam Galleries encourages international artists to create new work, which engages specifically with the region—collaborating to produce thought-provoking and culturally relevant work.

Pearl Lam Design shows works by established and emerging international designers, including Maarten Baas, Mattia Bonetti, André Dubreuil, Studio Makkink & Bey and Danful Yang, in shows and design fairs around the world. They are invited to push the boundaries of traditional Chinese art and craft techniques and create new works that reflect their experiences in China.

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