Exhibition installation view (click on the works to enlarge)
M97 Gallery is pleased to present “Continuum ”，an exhibition of Dong Wensheng’s newest photographic works. The CONTINUUM exhibition includes works from two separate bodies: Continuum (2015) and Unbridled Waves (2010-2011). This is Dong Wensheng’s first solo exhibition at M97.
"Continuum", Dong Wensheng’s latest series, is comprised of 12 new unique hand-colored silver gelatin photographs. “Continuum” is an exploration the artist conducted using experimental darkroom techniques, returning to the chemical and material roots of photography where these camera-less works become alchemic creations of time and space.
Playing with the viewer’s perspective, the resulting images resemble on the one hand the abstract and infinite depths of universal space and, on the other, microscopic structures of cellular biology. Like unexplored corners of the universe or the uncharted intricacies of microbiology, the possibilities of the artist’s creative ouvre even within the constraints of the medium of photography are also boundless. Deviating from other camera-less techniques like photograms, Dong Wensheng’s darkroom approach incorporates painting and writing with light as well as chemical treatment of the photographic paper.
Alongside "Continuum", the exhibition also features works from Dong’s Unbridled Waves series. In each of the sixteen silver gelatin photographs that comprise "Unbridled Waves" the artist draws on the water with a light pen bold waves representing his emotions and then transfers this brief interaction between man and nature onto a thin layer of negative film. Using water as the traditional conduit between spirit and matter, this is the artist’s poetic attempt to leave his mark in a sliver of time and space, connecting himself with the cosmos and with the rich history of Asian and Western philosophy.