Highlight Art is delighted to announce the official opening of the “How much ‘hua’ do you feel today” group exhibition on November 22, 2023. This marks the first exhibition at Highlight Art’s new space on Club Street in Singapore. The exhibition’s theme explores various ways in which artists who employ an Eastern art style present contemporary art concepts from traditional art methods. Participating artists, through their captivating works, reexamine long-established cultural norms in diverse ways.
While these artists differ significantly in materials, scale, and tone, the exhibited works convey similarities, elucidating common points of inspiration, whether impassioned or refined, enthusiastic or rigorous, personal or from a grand narrative.
Participating artists include:
Guo Gong, based in Beijing, China. In his installation pieces, he makes use of ink wash painting to create works that contradict traditional motifs, and expands the spatial impact of artworks.
Lishun, based in Jiangsu, China. Lishun utilises the internet for extensive creations, placing his creative intentions into historical events and literary works to produce visually appealing pieces that act as historical documentations.
Changqing, based in Chongqing, China. His exhibited works break the traditional language of ink wash painting, extending the multiple expressive powers of materialism and medium.
Deng Dafei, based in Beijing, China. Deng’s exhibited works use various artistic languages such as deconstruction, temporary landscapes, stone carvings, and rubbings. He encrypts his creative process that consists of heavy physical labour into the portrayal and reenactment of ruin scenes.
Wu Junyong, based in Hangzhou, China. His works involve various forms, including animation and ink wash painting. Wu incorporates and conceals social issues within mythology, imparting new souls to the works.
Meng Zhigang, based in Singapore, grew up in Guilin, Guangxi. The recurring theme of “absence” in his works presents a blank space in the viewer’s consciousness, triggering speculative relationships born from a sudden pause in thought, this encapsulates the Eastern aesthetic which falls between “doing nothing” and “doing something.”
Zhang Zheyi, based in Beijing, China. In his work “Floating Ice,” the diagonal framing of the canvas contributes to creating a composition rich in cold abstract meaning. Pixel blocks stand out at the center of the image, emphasising the interweaving of the virtual and real in the image realism of the digital age.
Baiji Kong, based in Zhejiang, China. Kong creatively uses Western painting materials on Chinese painting media, while employing bright colors reminiscent of Impressionist hues and dark contours typical of expressionism, conveying dreamlike moods.
Hans Chew Zi Yang, based in Singapore. The peculiar and deformed ceramic sculptures from Yang are the results of repeated spontaneous creation and destruction. These ghostly pieces are personal expressions that bring the predicament of contemporary ceramic-making into direct relation with their viewers.
Li Wei, based in Hong Kong. Coming from a profound influence of traditional Chinese culture, she uses contemporary art techniques to present a more vibrant interpretation of the shapes, meanings, and historical origins of Chinese characters.
Ding Sukai, based in Beijing. Ding’s exhibited works oscillate between Chinese allusions and the dual language style of POP art. The artist disturbs time and space, hoping to momentarily detach viewers from real life, savoring the unique charm and sentiments of ancient Eastern wanderers.
Chen Yufan, based in Zhejiang, China. Chen’s works use the flow of acrylic pigments to produce subtle changes of how space is perceived. The repeated “flowing” is a practice emphasised by Zen Buddhism, this represents a way Eastern thinking can be presented in Western form through art.
Shangming, based in Singapore, Buddhist monk. Shangming practices painting and calligraphy as a way to experience Zen during his residence in Singapore’s buddhist temple. His paintings are full of innocence and charm, they are sublime and removed from the mundane, providing a Zen-like scenic view different from traditional ink wash painting.
Zouzhao, based in Singapore. She expresses her artistic visions through mediums such as performance, video, and writing. Her gesture art pieces explore issues surrounding language and ideology, subjectivity, and translation through the materiality of sound.
Jon Koko, based in Malmo, Sweden. His paintings use light tones and simple, flat shapes to evoke a sense of tranquility, calmness, and simplicity in the viewer’s mind. Influenced by Eastern culture, philosophy, and aesthetics, his works carry a certain Eastern hue.