《合和》－那危藝術個展 "Unity" - Solo Exhibition by Na Wei
開幕時間：2017年12月9日 (星期六)｜下午3－6時 (＊藝術家將親臨開幕酒會)
在此次最新的創作中，那危的「合和主義」提出了 "合" 以至 "和" 的概念，融合以達成和諧之美。作品運用和揉合了多種東西方的技法和媒介，以切割、視域重組為畫面構成方式，拋棄單一的繪畫語言和風格流派的限定。畫面形成自然透視、意象空間、平面感觀之間的交錯體驗，以呈現不同的藝術風格和繪畫語言為特徵。語言與表現方式的多元，形成了複雜而有節奏和各種維度並存的畫面。本次展出的主要作品系列：「江山」，體現了藝術家如何混合運用傳統與現代的元素。那危將傳統絹本托裱於帆布之上，在絹本上用水墨寫竹丶荷花，而描述卻有別於文人畫中物象的形態，大寫意的筆法和扭曲的造型更表現出一份倔強倨傲。畫面整體被斷續的藍白條紋阻隔切分，巧妙地編織成一種獨特的韻律和節奏，跟他描繪的怪石生耳和勾勒疾速有力的紅流，相互對立的同時卻相互調合，產生出叠合後的豐富層次。不同的視覺文化元素在對比中產生了一種和諧的平衡，在紛繁中顯得協調有序，更像是一種對陰陽統一重新闡釋的美學概念。多元的語言系統也暗示了中國當下社會文化環境的多層次並存，傳統與現代文明之間既衝突又融合的繁雜景觀。
本次展覽將同時首度展出那危「溫差」系列的繪畫作品，作品運用極簡主義，在單色的平塗背景上呈現單一的物象。藝術家有意消除筆觸感與顔料本身的物質性，讓觀者的視線集中在畫面中心的主體形象。繁瑣而多層次油彩顏料的堆疊，形成浮雕般的毛衣褶皺形象，油彩色絲密集排列的複雜機理與極簡主義的初衷，形成了美學概念的矛盾。這些幾可亂真的 "毛衣" 質地真實而柔軟丶色彩和諧而舒適，不禁喚起觀者對過去 "溫暖" 和 "冷酷" 的記憶。繼那危早期作品「擠壓」系列 (2013 - 2016) 之後，「溫差」系列進一步體現了那危如何把藝術和工藝更緊密地結合在一起，而兩者都同樣賦予了藝術家強大的創作能量。
那危，1982 年出生，畢業於中國魯迅美術學院，分別於 2006 年和 2009 年獲學士和碩士學位。那危出生於東北老工業基地的一個小城市 - 鞍山，是一個生產鋼鐵的重要城市。身為少數民族的藝術家本人，早期作品「擠壓」系列 (2013 - 2016) 中選用了地毯作為文化符號的象徵，乍看之下，這些作品似乎是普通的編織地毯。然而，仔細觀察的時候，觀眾便馬上意識到它們是繪畫：藝術家把油漆從管子上直接擠壓到畫布上，實現了非凡的質感，像這樣的作品是藝術和工藝的完美交流。那危最新的「溫差」系列，也是他的 “擠壓” 技術的另一個很好的例子。那危的「合和主義」繪畫作品中，藝術家通過實驗不同的媒體、技術、文化和風格進行拼貼，嘗試重建一種新的視覺語言。
Exhibition Duration: 9 December 2017 – 20 January 2018
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday I 11am – 6pm
Opening Reception: 9 December 2017 I 3 – 6pm (*Artist Present)
Venue: Art Experience Gallery
Art Experience Gallery proudly presents Unity, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Chinese artist Na Wei. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition at Art Experience Gallery in Hong Kong, which features Na Wei’s most recent series of paintings Jiang Shan and The Difference in Temperature.
In these latest works, Na Wei suggests the concept of Unity, which he puts forward the ideas of wholeness and balance to achieve an aesthetic of harmony. Various Eastern and Western mediums and techniques are applied in his works, Na Wei intends to speak more diversely in his paintings, while he dissolves and reconstructs different elements on canvas as an approach. The images interlace perspectives with imaginary space and two-dimensional components to weave a multilayered visual experience, which characterized by different styles and narratives. The diverse variety of expression and dialogue in his works creates complex and rhythmic dimensioned images. Na Wei’s main exhibit series entitled Jiang Shan in the exhibition shows very well how the artist performs a mixture of traditional and modern elements in his paintings. Images of bamboo and lotus are painted with Chinese ink on silk that mounted on canvas, however, his interpretations are different from the Chinese traditional literati paintings. Na Wei’s freehand brushstrokes of xieyi and distorted shapes resulted in the dynamism of his painted landscape. Blue-and-white stripes cut across the surface of his painting to give rhythm and flow to his work, contrasting the forceful and bold of his waves and peculiar stony ears, yet the contradiction between these elements harmoniously creates a multi-dimensional visual perception. Different visual dialogues are combined and arranged in a chaotic way, Na Wei however has performed a perfect balance between the opposites and reinterpreted the aesthetics of yin and yang. The diverse of language speaks to the complex social environment in today’s China, which integrates the traditional and modern conflicts into unity.
For the very first time, Na Wei is going to show his The Difference in Temperature Series to the public in this exhibition. In this series of work, an object is painted on a single-colored background in the style of minimalism. The artist intends to take away the pure materiality of the paint and brushstrokes, and to keep the audience focused on the object itself. The complex and exquisite threads of paint are weaved into embossed folded sweaters, the extraordinary textures being achieved by Na Wei, however, gives an interesting response to his idea of minimalism. These realistic, soft and colorful “clothing” may remind the audience of their past memories of warm and cold. From Na Wei’s Being Squeezed Series (2013 – 2016) to his newly presented The Difference in Temperature Series, he has demonstrated how art and craft can be spoken together as a powerful language, which have both offered great inspiration to the artist himself.
Na Wei (b.1982, Liaoning, China)
Na Wei was born in 1982 and graduated from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, with both a BFA and an MFA. He was born in a small city of Northern China named An Shan, an important city for the output of steel. As an ethnic minority, he chooses the form of carpets as a cultural symbol in his early Being Squeezed Series (2013 - 2016). These works seem, at a first glance, to be normal woven carpets. However, as one looks closely, one realizes that they are paintings: the extraordinary textures being achieved by Na Wei squeezing the paint from the tube directly onto his canvases. Such paintings of carpets are a meeting of art and craft. There are also his latest The Difference in Temperature Series, which are other fine examples of his ‘squeezed’ technique.
In Na Wei’s Unity concept paintings, the artist attains a reconstruction of a visual dialogue by experimenting a collage of different media, technique, culture and style. “My intention is to create a visual experience of the East and the West and to make an impact between the two different languages,” says Na Wei.