Element Art Space is pleased to present ‘Cut, Etch, Print’ a showcase of etchings by leading contemporary Chinese artists such as Liu Ye and Zhang Xiaogang among others. This display will feature a diverse range of printmaking techniques including etching, aquatints, drypoint and 2RC Essence Technique.
Ding Yi (b. 1962, Shanghai, China) is a pioneer of abstraction in China, completely rejecting narrative and representation in his practice. He creates colorful, abstract geometric works through an exacting process: each painting comprises countless individually painted crosses—usually painted on plaid fabric—whose minimalist look belies the maximal effort and consciousness of his otherwise intuitive process.
Ji Dachun (b.1968, Jiangsu province, China) belongs to the generation of artists whose experimental practices altered contemporary Chinese art. A participant in the 2015 Venice Biennale, Ji combines figuration and abstraction in his paintings, drawing on traditional Chinese techniques and incorporating elements of Western culture. His early work features Spartan compositions characteristic of Chinese landscape painting, while the inclusion of cartoonish figures signal a deviation from this historical precedent. Unlike many of his peers, Ji avoids explicitly political material, preferring surreal and often ambiguous content. In more recent work, Ji draws parallels between cellular biology and landscapes, rendering trees and flora in the form of scientific drawings.
Zeng Hao (b. 1963, Yunnan province, China) received his BA from Central Academy of Fine Arts. Early in his career, we was drawn to western styles, such as Post-Impressionism, Cubism, and Abstract Expressionism, and from 1989 until 1993, he taught at Kunming Educational Institute. From there, he moved on to teach at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art until 1997, when he was fired for his painting style. His large paintings of tiny figures floating in the space of large canvases were deemed unconventional, and Zeng was labeled a “New Imagist,” challenging traditional imagery, technique, color, and composition.
Zhang Enli (b. 1965, Jilin province, China) is a professional artist living and working in Shanghai. In 1989, he graduated from the Arts & Design Institute of Wuxi Technical University, China, and teaches at the Arts and Design Institute of Donghua University.
Zhang Xiaogang (b. 1958, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China) studied at Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts in Chongqing. Since 1989 Zhang has had eighteen solo exhibitions and has participated in nearly 150 group exhibitions including Brisbane, New York and Finland. His work can be found in numerous public collections worldwide, including Shanghai Museum, Fukuoka Museum of Art, National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Pacific Asia Museum in California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Musée de Picardie in Amiens, France.
The exhibition will comprise of 16 prints and runs from 15 January to 14 February 2016.