Wednesday, 11 January | 2pm – 5pm
Wednesday, 11 January | 5pm – 9pm
Thursday, 12 January | 11am – 12pm
Thursday, 12 January | 12pm – 7pm
Friday, 13 January | 12pm – 7pm
Saturday, 14 January | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, 15 January | 11am – 5pm
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore
For ART SG presentation, INKstudio has selected eight leading contemporary Chinese artists—each of whom take a different approach to constructing an alternate modernity from their engagement with China’s distinctive five-thousand-year history of cultural production.
Bingyi, Zheng Chongbin and Li Huasheng take a Modernist approach deconstructing the language of brush and ink art into its constituent elements. Li Huasheng (1944 – 2018), for example, reduced painting to the brushline and its indexical connection to the artist’s consciousness. Zheng Chongbin (b. 1961), in contrast, abandons the brushline and instead explores how ink manifests the creative agency of nature. Finally, Bingyi (b. 1975) uses the traditional materials of ink, water and paper to allow the landscape itself to “paint” an image of itself.
On the other hand, Li Jin, Peng Kanglong, Su Huang-Sheng, Hung Fai and Wai Pong-yu utilize traditional modes of brush-and-ink painting to create contemporary images reflective of our time. Arguably the first Chinese ink artist to embrace the self-portrait as his primary subject, Li Jin (b. 1958) harkens back to the early origins of Chinese painting in the portraiture of moral paragons, extraordinary personas, and counter-cultural iconoclasts. Peng Kanglong (b. 1962), in contrast, combines the distinctive traditions of landscape and flower painting from the Ming-Qing and Modern periods into a new synthesis expressive of our time. Finally, the young artist Ethan Su Huang-Sheng (b. 1987) explores the contemporary possibilities of mineral pigment painting from Central Asia, China and Japan. Hung Fai (b. 1988) and Wai Pong-yu (b. 1982) fuse parallel lines and freehand curves to create a dense record of otherwise inarticulate nuances of human relationships.
Bingyi’s intricately fine-lined Fairies paintings in fan format will be showcased alongside her large-scale abstract painting from the Wave Painting series. For Zheng Chongbin, there will be a selection of his signature indexical ink-and-acrylic abstractions. In conjunction with the Li Huasheng Art Foundation, INKstudio will present a selection of Li Huasheng’s minimalist line-and-grid abstractions.
INKstudio will also present a selection of Li Jin’s most recent Self-portrait series as well as the seminal early works from the 1990’s when he was living and working in Tibet. For Peng Kanglong, we will present a selection of the artist’s flower-and-landscape paintings including Wide Garden Peonies and Vines from 2020. For the young Hong Kong painters Hung Fai and Wai Pong-yu, INKstudio will present the Same Line Twice 24 (2020) fusing Hung’s parallel lines and Wai’s freehand curves. And finally for the young Taiwanese artist Ethan Su Huang-sheng, we will present a selection of his signature figurative painting in minieral pigment on silk and on paper alongside recent works on gold foil.