Shen Ling’s “Intensity of Concreteness” at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

Shen Ling’s “Intensity of Concreteness” at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

Tang Contemporary Art, Kong Kong, is exhibiting Shen Ling’s “Intensity of Concreteness” through February 4, 2019. 

On view are a series of oil paintings and works on paper by celebrated Chinese female artist Shen Ling and highlights the artist’s pictorial universe that is based on her sensitive, poetical, empathic interpretation of human complexity.

The artist shapes a confusing, concentrated painted reality; here, various narrative elements with irrational or fairytale aspects do not follow an absolute sequence with a strict order established in advance.  

“Her drawings seem to have a free and lighthearted innocence, and a spontaneous sense of chance and fragmentation. The trivial minutiae of everyday life often appear in her drawings. Animals and plants, housewares and studio tools, intimate friends, strangers encountered in a coffee shop or on the street, old photographs, decorative items, home furnishings, birds resting on branches in a garden, and portraits of her spouse or friends — all of this is layered in a very unusual, fresh way that breaks through genre hierarchies. This infinite array of things is fully incorporated into an extremely personalized, fictional, and almost fairytale micro-universe with an emotional continuity that is, as a result, imbued with a sense of poetry. This obvious, poetic coherence stems from the depth and strength of the artist’s personal emotional relationships to fast-changing, fragmented microscopic realities,” the gallery says.

“In multi-colored forests, animals, feral cats, birds, fish, and snakes are faintly visible behind the trees and flowers, disordering our spatial perceptions and confusing their position within fictional pictorial reality. This fictional, concentrated, seductive, magnificent, mysterious, and unpredictable pictorial space attracts the viewers. This playful delight and colorful liveliness come from the infinite vitality of the coherence of existence, which is vitality that you can perceive in any narrative or small thing,” the gallery adds.

The artist achieves depth when presenting small things in a perceptive way, filling her works with vitality, even though she avoids making any literary or spectacular representation of a story or linear narrative process.

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Founder: Louise Blouin  



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