SHAN FEIMING - CLIMBING TREES IN SEARCH OF FISH / LU YANPENG - MEMORY OF STONES @M97
LU YANPENG: MEMORY OF STONES 卢彦鹏:《石头的记忆》
Memory of Stones an exhibition of works by Lu Yanpeng (b.1984) . “Memory of Stones" presents over thirty silver gelatin photographs from one of the artist’s earliest bodies of works, many of which are previously unexhibited and drawn from the artist's archive printed in the early days of his aspiring career nearly ten years ago. Lu Yanpeng’s black and white photographs in “Memory of Stones” are montages of his expressive Chinese landscape photographs and the drawings and sketches done by his lover, who would later become his wife. At the same time, the inspiration for Lu's photographic series - Ling Hua's 50-meter scroll drawing titled "Memory of Stones" will also be on display in the gallery. Combined images of the two young artists’ works in the darkroom results in an intimate and almost romantic serenade. The photographs are an exploration and bridge between the art forms of painting and photography, but also of two young artists in search of a connection. Lu Yanpeng’s photographs of his favorite Chinese mountain landscapes ground us in his poetic scenery, while the sketches of small bodies and figures float atop the photographic surface creating a surreal world of juxtapositions and superimpositions of the psyches and artistic expressions of the pair.
SHAN FEIMING: CLIMBING TREES IN SEARCH OF FISH 单飞鸣:《缘木求鱼》
The second solo exhibition of works by Hangzhou-based artist Shan Feiming (b.1978). "CLIMBING TREES IN SEARCH OF FISH" opened Sunday June 17th and will be held in the gallery’s second-floor Project Space at 363 Changping Road in Shanghai (Jingan District). The exhibition presents works spanning nearly ten years of the artist's career — including works from his acclaimed series, "Waking from Hibernation", as well as never before exhibited work drawn from the artist's photographic archive. An experimental sound installation from his 2008 series entitled, "Tree Hollow" and one of his 2012 works “Love”, will also be shown in China for the first time. The title of the exhibition, "Yuan Mu Qiu Yu", is an old saying from the Chinese philosopher Mencius, literally meaning climbings tree in search of fish - which alludes to a fruitless search or impossible task. Throughout his works Shan Feiming repeatedly looks to nature as the vehicle to express his concerns for social reality or the artist’s own inner dimensions and dilemnas, not mereley as representations of the trees themselves.