Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood @jonasbrwood is a solo exhibition that showcases 10 new paintings, together with 2 sets of related drawings as well.

The concept of the exhibition originated from the artist’s mid-career survey at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2019 when he re-encountered the Polka Dot Orchid in 2015, which was a plant he made with a black background. This work is hung together with other paintings of isolated plants in a room with repeated tennis balls. After that exhibition, during the lockdown in 2020, he continued to consider the idea of making works on a black field and the opportunity to hang them together.

The new painting continues his exploration of fruits, flowers and indoor plant patterns. He depicted colorful orchids and succulents, a whole bunch of bananas, and a robust monstera. He used plants as a carrier to experiment with color and geometry, isolate various forms on a monochrome background, and explore color theory, patterns, and line.

Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2003, plants have been an important theme in his career. He originally came from the East Coast, and he was amazed by the various flora found in Southern California and the tropical plants in his paintings. Not only reflects the indoor plants in his home and studio, but also reflects the climate and cultural characteristics of the area. Therefore, the luxuriant growth that inspired these works is related to his immediate environment and the semi-autobiographical dynamics of his practice, also used still life paintings as an opportunity to explore abstract forms, and at the same time expanded the modernist impulse that merged art and life.

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@gagosian

Vittoria Chierici: The Philosophers’ Clothes

The Philosophers’ Clothes is a solo exhibition by the Italian artist Vittoria Chierici, which showcases her interpretation of the Academy of Athens. These works are like a page of her study diary, and the viewers witnessed her progress because she realized the connection of different ideas.

The artist started her research from the architectural elements of the fresco, because the dome above contains everything that happened between the characters. From the perspective of the structure of the stairs, she highlights the geometry of the composition; by analyzing the background of the mural, she uses color as a factor that affects the spatial relationship of the painting. Her observation of the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael’s work then turned into an examination of the outerwear of the characters. Groups and individuals have pushed away or retracted due to the use of different colors. This change creates such an organic arrangement that makes her feel “abstract”.

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@rossiandrossi

Antony Gormley: Asian Field

Asian Field is an ambitious sculptural work by British artist Antony Gormley, this is part of his Field series of projects, which have been carried out on a global scale, including Australia, North and South America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

In each place, the artist uses local clay as a material and invites members of the local community to participate in the production. For this installation, he worked with approximately 300 people of all ages from Xiangshan Village in Guangzhou. After five days of intense work, the team created approximately 200,000 palm-sized figures.

In the exhibition, the figures are closely arranged on the ground, all facing one direction. The audience sees a large number of characters from a single vantage point, and all eyes are on them. Feeling the weight of their gaze, visitors will reflect on their place in the world and their responsibility for the collective future of mankind.

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@mplusmuseum

Jun Oson: Distance in HK

Distance in HK is a solo exhibition by the Japanese artist Jun Oson @junoson, the world is in the midst of a pandemic, and people’s movements are restricted by a state of emergency. As the saying goes, “Don’t get close to people. It’s best to stay at home alone as much as possible.” such rules have greatly changed people’s lives and even changed their values. “Distance” depicts people who have been forced to change their lives due to the pandemic.

The artist believes that we have overcome the most difficult situation, and the situation of the worldwide has also improved. However, with the socialization of the Internet, the impact of the epidemic on us has made us realize the importance of real-life communities, and the impact on the meaning of our lives will not disappear for the time being. Since the pandemic has left behind a new set of values, we may feel different from before, but we want to continue to the next step anyway.

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#JunOson

@galleryascend

Chen Wei: The Last Night

The Last Night is the first solo exhibition by the Beijing-based artist Chen Wei @chenweichenwei, which is gazing at the urban space, from large-scale photography to cross-media lighting installations, the landscapes in these works are full of intimacy, and the still life also reveals magnificence.

The works of the artist showcase the common experience of urbanites: dreams, malfunctions, afterimages, and memories are intermingled, between fiction and reality, man-made objects and fragments. They form a “new city” landscape that resists abstraction and firmly preserves specific objects and life experiences. The nostalgic sentimentality is difficult to shelter in the present, so “The Last Night” bid farewell to the sad gaze of the past. It looked ahead and saw a new city under construction.

With the rapid development of cities, people often feel that they can’t catch up, and lack time and space to reflect on the great changes before them. This kind of complex and empty feeling is indescribable, and the only thing that can be used to describe the emotions of “The Last Night” may be contemplation.

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