德玉堂画廊（Matthew Liu Fine Arts）上海空间荣幸宣布将于 2020年6月20日（周六）举办两位灸手可热的中国抽象艺术大师双人联展。在这为期二个月的展览中将完整呈现两位大师的全新力作，本展将透过这十八件作品，以两位大师独特的当代抽象姿态对语言的重新描绘，让观者的意识流于虚实之间，时而轻，时而重，企图带领大家轻旋于一场无时间性的语言迴圈裡。
From receiving the information to deconstructing text and images, from Chinese calligraphy to painting, text and images have always been just a form of expression in the communication system. In fact, the language of communication could be non-linear, non-categorical, could be a thousand ripples of thoughts.
Matthew Liu Fine Arts is pleased to announce the opening of a duo exhibition of two Chinese abstract artists on June 20, 2020. Through these 18 artworks, this exhibition will repaint the language with the unique contemporary abstract attitude of this two masters, making the viewer's consciousness flow between nothingness and reality, sometimes is a feeling of lightness, sometimes is a feeling of heaviness, this exhibition will lead you to spin in a timeless language loop.
Chen Qiang, was born in Hunan, China in 1960. He graduated from the Art Department of East China Normal University in Shanghai and now resides in Shanghai. He often paints in a decentralized "nature-bred" way and allows pigment to expand freely, which makes the painting looks more pure. At the same time, it also evokes the clearest visual moments and inner perceptions of human beings. The unconscious "symbols" of the dots and lines in his works accomplish the accumulation and interconnection of countless amounts of information, just like enzymes in cells proofread nucleotides. Collapse and stack again and again, move back and forth between people's sensory experiences and emotions.
The visual space of some of his paintings echoes the American abstract painter Marks Rothko's fondness for the “unconscious”. And these work do not need to be created with a three-dimensional concept like Cubism, but can also create delicate and unique light, shade and atmosphere. Through the multiple work exhibited in this exhibition, we can see the confrontation between sensibility and rationality, the covering and dissolution of multiple selves in Chen's creation process.
Huang Yuanqing, was born in Shanghai in 1963 and graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Shanghai Normal University. He is one of the leading figures in Chinese abstract calligraphy art. In his abstract calligraphy paintings, the words, strokes, lines and colors have lost the norms and boundaries of time. He flits acrylic paint back and forth through the restructured linguistic consciousness with dots and lines, each stroke seemingly thrown at random, but the placement is ingenious. Huang's paintings were deeply influenced by his calligraphy. In the mid-1980s, he mainly created modern calligraphy. Then, he began to think differently about the "tradition". He tried to give a new vocabulary to the language space with his own calligraphic insight, to transform his profound calligraphic logic into brushstrokes on canvas, and to repaint words in a form that pretended to be unbalanced.
From his paintings, sometimes it is like the scattered leaves in the dark forest entangled in the wind, and sometimes it is like the blazing forest of passion. The calligraphic brushwork contains a kind of delicate, free and easy style of Li Bai and Liang Kai. Up close, it is like a restless soul in a system, but from a distance, it is elegant and beautiful. It is the externalization of an emotion, the carrier of a free spirit. These works are the most representative, that let Huang walk into abstract art, combine the aesthetics and techniques of Chinese calligraphy and western abstract painting as a new attitude of abstract art.
When the perceptual system is re¬organized, when the timeless language is reduced to the dots and lines. As the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss once said, "The external world as we perceive it is essentially an undifferentiated whole, and the conceptual instrument that continually divides the whole into everything is language." Whether it's Chen's symbolic information or Huang's calligraphic paintings, both artists respond to abstract art in their own unique ways, to translate into something more belong to human perception, this exhibition will be like a dance of painting in an illusion.