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Chambers Fine Art: Blog It: New Wave of New Wave - 12 June 2008 to 29 Aug 2008

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12 June 2008 to 29 Aug 2008
Hours : Tuesday - Saturday, 10 - 6
Chambers Fine Art
210 Eleventh Avenue, 4th Fl
New York, NY
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Guo Hongwei
AV20, Watercolor on paper, 2007
11 1/8 x 14 1/2 in (28.3 x 37 cm)
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Artists in this exhibition: Guo Hongwei, Tang Yi, Shi Jing

Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening on June 12, 2008 of Blog It: New Wave of New Wave. Curated by Leo Xu, this exhibition brings together the work of three young artists—Guo Hongwei, Tang Yi, and Shi Jing—who work in the traditional disciplines of painting and drawing. Although the three artists work in widely different styles and have divergent interests, Xu observes that they all belong to a generation in which rigid categorization has been broken down by the omnipresence of the Internet. Rivaling any formal training they might have received is the free-wheeling deluge of texts, pictures, sound and video available in the era of Web 2.0 and blogging.

As Xu observes: “Today from the Internet community to ordinary citizens, it is not only language that finds itself drastically revolutionized by the spawning abbreviations and acronyms as well as Internet slang and rhetoric, but also the diversity of art and culture which is made possible with the efforts of this blogging community throughout the world. Living through this Web 2.0 age, a younger generation of Chinese artists, whether they blog or just read blogs, are thrilled to be able to speak in their own voices, whilst they may still keep learning to survive amidst tides of the refreshing aesthetics and concepts which were and probably are not shared by their precursors.”

Rejecting the strident manner and political content of many of the generation of painters who emerged after the ’85 New Wave movement painters such as Guo Hongwei and Shi Jing create works that are hauntingly ambiguous in content. Guo’s monochromatic painted images of adolescents are blurred by washes of oil and water and achieve effects reminiscent of faded family albums. Shi chooses distinctive motifs – the holy mountain Kangrinboqe in one canvas, a Rembrandt self-portrait in another – but elects to obscure their familiarity by painting in closely related ranges of tones so that the image is only visible from certain angles, appearing and disappearing as the spectator walks past.

Unlike Guo and Shi, Tang Yi does not choose to obscure her subject matter or reject color in her baffling paintings. Channel-hopping from curious image to another in her visual conundrums, she evokes the non-sequential sequence of images that Xu contends parallels the ceaseless flow of images in the cyber world

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