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DARKNESS IN THE NIGHT

2017.4.22 - 2017.6.9

STATEMENT


I’ve been painting for many years, learning and experiencing within an established empirical system. Maybe it is the over reliance on some old habits and interests that have led to my detours in painting. Not until recent years did I gradually gain a different cognition. This exhibition can be counted as a result of my preliminary experiment and in a sense my first solo exhibition.

 

Even till now I have not a clear perception of painting, still trying and moving forward in a state of confusion and anxiety. Compared with the past, this new group of paintings is obviously out of the confinement of the traditional way of depicting. Inkjet and collage are also used as important means of the portraying, and some works even use existing images. But the biggest difference is this time I tried to delete certain design and prognosis and completely depended on instant understanding and mobile perspective. By randomly organizing the perception factors, I continuously renovated through trying with every step a problem solving process. In the enduring “risk taking” and “failures,” I tried to construct an independent image form and aesthetic structure with a certain degree of openness. The elements of painting were thus partially explored in a new and temporary way time after time.

 

I like the title of “Darkness in the light” because it is not only a blasphemy of the existing power regime and rational order but a representation of the current uncertain existence itself, full of bodily sensation and negativity.



CV


Born in Sichuan in 1968

Graduated from Fine Arts of Southwest Normal University

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Darkness in the Light | Xiao Kegang Solo Exhibition, Surplus Space,Wuhan

2011 “The Peach Garden of Travelling: Untimely Painting” Xiao Kegang Solo Exhibition, Art Museum of Sichuan University,Chengdu

 

Group Exhibitions

2016 “NANKAN: Inexplicit Ethics and De-ranking Perspective”, Surplus Space, Wuhan

2015 The Spectres in the Double Shadow, Alioth Art Center, Shanghai

2013 “Genealogy of Techniques: Form, Conception and Cognition-Painting Practices of He Duoling and Xiao Kegang”, Today Art Museum, Beijing

2012 “Off Camera·The Possibility of Painting”, Blue Flame Art Space, Shanghai

2012 Annals of Probings on Painting, K.Gallery, Chengdu;

2010 Shortlisted for The 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong

DARKNESS IN THE NIGHT

2017.4.22 - 2017.6.9

STATEMENT


I’ve been painting for many years, learning and experiencing within an established empirical system. Maybe it is the over reliance on some old habits and interests that have led to my detours in painting. Not until recent years did I gradually gain a different cognition. This exhibition can be counted as a result of my preliminary experiment and in a sense my first solo exhibition.

 

Even till now I have not a clear perception of painting, still trying and moving forward in a state of confusion and anxiety. Compared with the past, this new group of paintings is obviously out of the confinement of the traditional way of depicting. Inkjet and collage are also used as important means of the portraying, and some works even use existing images. But the biggest difference is this time I tried to delete certain design and prognosis and completely depended on instant understanding and mobile perspective. By randomly organizing the perception factors, I continuously renovated through trying with every step a problem solving process. In the enduring “risk taking” and “failures,” I tried to construct an independent image form and aesthetic structure with a certain degree of openness. The elements of painting were thus partially explored in a new and temporary way time after time.

 

I like the title of “Darkness in the light” because it is not only a blasphemy of the existing power regime and rational order but a representation of the current uncertain existence itself, full of bodily sensation and negativity.



CV


Born in Sichuan in 1968

Graduated from Fine Arts of Southwest Normal University

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Darkness in the Light | Xiao Kegang Solo Exhibition, Surplus Space,Wuhan

2011 “The Peach Garden of Travelling: Untimely Painting” Xiao Kegang Solo Exhibition, Art Museum of Sichuan University,Chengdu

 

Group Exhibitions

2016 “NANKAN: Inexplicit Ethics and De-ranking Perspective”, Surplus Space, Wuhan

2015 The Spectres in the Double Shadow, Alioth Art Center, Shanghai

2013 “Genealogy of Techniques: Form, Conception and Cognition-Painting Practices of He Duoling and Xiao Kegang”, Today Art Museum, Beijing

2012 “Off Camera·The Possibility of Painting”, Blue Flame Art Space, Shanghai

2012 Annals of Probings on Painting, K.Gallery, Chengdu;

2010 Shortlisted for The 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong

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