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A World Seen Through Me: Wang Keju’s Works

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A World Seen Through Me: Wang Keju’s Works



Academic Host: Shui Tianzhong

Opening: 15:30, Sept. 9, 2017

Dates: Sept.9 – Oct.1, 2017


 “A World Seen Through Me: Wang Keju’s Works” will be officially opened in Zhuzhong Art Museum (new venue) at 15:30 on Sept. 9, 2017. The exhibition will be academically presided over by Mr. Shui Tianzhong, art critic and researcher of Chinese National Academy of Arts. And the symposium on the works will be held at the opening ceremony.   


In this age of image explosion and informationization, the “the first scene” (a direct dialogue between man and nature) where artists used to draw inspirations from Muses has been gradually taken over by the second scene (the indirect dialogue between human and virtual world), so how to reconstruct the first-hand and direct visual practices has become an important issue discussed and explored by contemporary Chinese artists.


Since the early days of the People’s Republic of China, the attention paid by Chinese art to the social development has always been propped up by realistic plots, yet the difference wherein is that the early eulogies contributed by the pioneer artists have almost been counteracted by the descendants’ inquiries, satires and questionings. The latter’s rebellions concerning social conditions can be categorized as sociologically conceptual stances, and Wang Keju’s practice of painting in the first scene inevitably falls into this categorization. He initiated inadvertently an approach of placing himself or those intellectuals of this informationized age who retreat to the nature environments into a self-repairing state of cross-reference. Seen from the perspective of ego, he, as an artist is looking for self-redemption in an active manner those literati would take, and seen from a larger social environment, the artist is trying to keep away from the visual barrier established in this age of image explosion and informationization, and to develop a painting path celebrating the new vision.


Wang Keju’s recent works have gradually erased the narrative language and detailed brushstrokes featured by his early works, instead they support a pure language of orders, emphasize the overall framework of rhythms and orders and slowly build his own color spectrum via the alluring sensual colors, in this sense behind the seemingly dazzling colors there lies a pure spiritual sublimation. The symbolized structural arrangement of Wang Keju’s works is very different from the superficial lyricism satisfied by ordinary painters who paints outdoors. He wants to reign the various colors and lines under an internally ordered control of abstraction, make them into distinctive symbols, and turn the natural sceneries before his eyes into a field of symbols in his heart. His innovative landscape painting, looks for the original symbols created in the nature by his presence in the outdoors and establishes these symbols as a human-demonstration in this era overwhelmed by images and information. As a combination of the Cézanne-style on-the-spot landscapes experimentation and the poetic meditation of Chinese traditional landscape painting, his painting implies an interactive method to overserve both Chinese culture and Western culture at the same time; as an experiment highlighting on-the-spot experience, it also blends in the method of loading human sentiments; and as a derivative of the ancients’ method of observing, it also brings in the different ways of watching in ancients’ Eastern art and in Western art and makes them under his own sensory control and enables the artist’s presence in the natural scenes to become a real-life improvisations.


With the majority of the artist’s recent new works presented and the elements of new media incorporated, this exhibition endeavors to present the audience a fresh landscape picture like no others before. The exhibition will last to Oct. 1st.