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ShanghART Beijing – Jiang Pengyi – Foresight
May 16, 2019 @ 8:00 amJuly 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm CST
ShanghART Beijing is delighted to present Foresight, a solo exhibition by Jiang Pengyi, marking the artist’s inaugural show at the Beijing space and his fourth presentation with the gallery. It will also be the first display of Jiang’s recent works in Beijing since the 2009 ‘Curated by…’ exhibition at UCCA.
Foresight is a new series of works that Jiang has produced through repeated experiments, elaboration, destruction and replacement since 2014. During the time the artist has persistently questioned and explored materials, methods, and expressions in photography, with the significant concept ‘demeditation’ driving his art.
Trying to get rid of external limitations including cameras, lenses and shooting techniques, as well as subjective identity as an artist or photographer (producer), he retains only negatives, objects, time, and extremely limited, uncertain human intervention. That is also how the series such as Dark Addiction (2013), Intimacy (2014) and In Some Time (2015-2016) was created.
In traditional film photography, uncontrollability has always been a noticeable and fascinating feature: the final image remains a mystery until the end of printing. In order to refine and magnify this quality, the artist placed organic matter like fruits and vegetables on negatives, waiting for their changes in complete darkness.
As time went by, the pictures were developed slowly, quietly into colors and compositions that Jiang never expected before. Besides, the painting style of photography has been another exploration done by the artist in recent years. In this body of works, the process of ‘painting’ is unpredictable—he sets up natural dialogues so as to find the entrance into a new world.
Jiang Pengyi’s work continues to address how to project life and emotions onto films, improve the acceptability of materials, conduct unconventional experiments, and constantly suspect individual experience. From Dark Addiction that uses the technique of direct impression to reflect fireflies’ path of life and love, to Intimacy showing the interaction between fluorescent paper and photographic negative, and from Blooming (2018), in which light-sensitive films were processed in a violent way, to the new series Foresight—an unsuccessful attempt to foresee, all of them reveal the traces of time and push the boundaries of photography. Jiang is looking forward to the birth of a surprising image, instead of simply capturing, replicating or creating. However, his practice is not all about subjectivity, but a kind of grace that can’t be foreseen, which the artist considers as humble and free.
About the artist
JIANG Pengyi was born in Yuanjiang, Hunan Province in 1977, graduated from China Academy of Art, and currently lives and works in Beijing. He creates a kind of surreal spectacle and delicate narration of the scene, mostly, by photo and video, to reveal the barriers and confusions of the individuals.
He was awarded the Aletti ArtVerona Prize for Photography in 2011, the Jury Grand Prize from the Société Générale Chinese Art Awards in 2010 and the Tierney Fellowship Award from the First Annual Three Shadows Photography Award in 2009. Jiang was invited to participate in the Helsinki Photography Biennial 2012 and was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2012.
Jiang’s work has been collected by a variety of private and public institutions worldwide, including Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection in Switzerland, the French Regional Contemporary Art Fund of the Loire Region (Frac des Pays de la Loire) in France, the Tierney Family Foundation and ArtNow Contemporary Art Collections in USA, the UniCredit Art Collections in Italy and Germany, the Bank Aletti Foundation (Fondazione Banca Aletti) in Italy, and CAFA Art Museum.
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