MadeIn Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works for the 2020 Guangzhou Art Fair, featuring artists Chen Ying, Ding Li, Lu Pingyuan, XU ZHEN®, Yang Shen and Zhong Wei.
About Chen Ying
Chen Ying born in 1982 in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang Province of China, majored in Scenography and graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in 2010. He currently lives and works in Beijing. Chen Ying’s paintings mostly originate from real-life scenes. During his creation process, Chen integrates iconic geometric forms within scenes from his everyday life, reconstructing the image. As the three-dimensional space is constantly compressed and altered, the work under his paintbrush gradually becomes abstract. Chen’s practice presents perpetual incidental changes, and a subtle conversion between two and three-dimensional space, reality and withdrawal is revealed through the artist’s meditative perspective.
His most recent exhibitions include: “Chen Ying Solo Exhibition”, KWM artcenter, Beijing, 2019; "Extreme Mix”, Guangzhou Airport Biennale, Guangzhou, China, 2019; “Traceable”, Madein Gallery x Carlos/Ishikawa@CONDO Shanghai 2018, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2018; “Reality & Regeneration-CHEN Ying Solo Exhibition, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2017; “Form Consumption Over Substance Reflection”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2017; Scissors & Stone & Cloth, Songzhuang Museum, Beijing, 2014; “Micro Real”- China and Japan Youth Artists Exhibition, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2014.
About Ding Li
Ding Li was born in 1979 in Shanghai, and graduated with a MA from theOil Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, France (École NationaleSupérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris). The works of Ding Li are based on repeatedexperiments with the aim of defining a pure expression of his own in thismedia. His practice focuses on the exploration of painting developed frommaterials characteristics and presents a new visual language through thereconstruction of oil paints, spray paints, brushes and frames.
His recent exhibitions include: “April 12th, No.106, 2879 LongtengAvenue”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2020; “Robert Song”, MadeIn Gallery,Shanghai, China, 2019; “Wild Metropolis”, PowerlongMuseum, Shanghai, China, 2019; “Advent: Inventing Landscape, Producing theEarth”, Qianshao Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China, 2019; “Extreme Mix-GuangzhouAirport Biennale”, Guangzhou, China, 2019; “The Kind Stranger”, UNART Center,Shanghai, 2019; “The Variable and The Generating”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai,2019; The First Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” Nominees’Exhibition, Modern Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2017; “Serendipitous Mission”,MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2017; "Form Consumption Over SubstanceReflection", MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2017; "InformationSculpture Superhighway", MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2016;"Inventing Ritual", Bentu, Chinese artists at a time ofturbulence and transformation, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France,2016; "Not Impulsive Enough Is the Devil", MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai,China, 2015.
About Lu Pingyuan
Lu Pingyuan was born in 1984 in Zhejiang province, China, lives and works in Shanghai. Lu Pingyuan‘s artworks involves a variety of media, including texts, installations, videos, paintings and others. For a few years, Lu Pingyuan concentrated his practice on the writing of “stories” as a unique type of media for art creation. These short “stories” significantly broaden the artworks’ state of existence in the real world, extend the inherent spirit of art itself. His works have been exhibited extensively in both national and international museums and biennales.
Recent solo exhibitions include: “Imperishable Affection”, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China, 2020; “KOLA”, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2019; “La Malle aux Trésors”, Mansion de Hermès, Shanghai, China, 2018; “Lost Child”, ONEHOME Art Hotel, Shanghai, China; “HOME ALONe”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2017; “Hidden Treasure”, The Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China, 2017; “James Stanley-The Seventh Earl of Derby”, Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, United Kingdom, 2016; “ON KAWARA”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2016; “Unexpected Discoveries”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2015; “Time Capsule”, Gallery Box, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2011. He participated in numerous group shows among which are “Shanghai Plaza”, Shanghai Plaza, Shanghai, China, 2020; “Something Happened”, Powerlong Art Center, Xiamen, China, 2020; “Wish You a Sweeeeeet Life”, Duende Contemporary Art Museum, Foshan, China; “YES! ART FESTIVAL”, M WOODS, Beijing, China, 2020; “Illusive Particles”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2020; “PROPHESY”, Wind H Art Center, Beijing, China, 2020; “Wild Cinema”, TX Huaihai, Shanghai, 2020; “Being of Evils”, Hive Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), Beijing, China, 2020; “Wild Metropolis”, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China, 2019; “The Secret of Childhood”, Luxelakes·A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China, 2019; “Advent: Inventing Landscape, Producing the Earth”, Qianshao Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China, 2019; “Extreme Mix-Guangzhou Airport Biennale”, Guangzhou, China, 2019; “Land of the Lustrous” UCCA Dune, Qinhuang Island, China, 2019; “Edge of the Wonderland-Thailand Art Biennale”, Krabi, Thailand, 2018; “Artist is Present”, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, 2018; “City Unbounded-China·Shanghai Jing’an International Sculpture Project”, Jing’an Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China, 2018; “This is Shanghai”, Cunard Building, Liverpool, UK, 2018; “Long March Project: Building Code Violations III - Special Economic Zone”, Long March Space, Beijing, China, 2018; “Arts in Urban Cultures”, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Beijing, China, 2018; “*underground-children-festival”, Para Site x Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2018; “Animamix Biennale—Ballade”, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China，2018; “PLAY”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2018; “11th Shanghai Biennale”, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, 2016; “9th Liverpool Biennale”, Liverpool, England, 2016; “A Beautiful Disorder”, Cass Sculpture Foundation, England, 2016; “Mountain Sites: Views of Laoshan”, Si Fang Art Museum, Nanjing, China, 2016; “3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art”, Ural, Russia, 2015 etc. Lu Pingyuan was nominated for the 4th Art Sanya for the Young Chinese Artists Award and the First Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year”.
About XU ZHEN®
XU ZHEN®, founded by artist Xu Zhen in 2013, is the flagship art brand of MadeIn Company. Born in 1977, Xu Zhen is a leading Chinese artist and curator, and the founder of MadeIn Company. XU ZHEN® is committed to art creation and cutting-edge culture development. XU ZHEN® is one such initiative to offer spiritual aspirations and life experiences of the finest quality through the appreciation and collection of artworks and events produced by the brand.
Artist, Curator, MadeIn Company Founder
Xu Zhen was born in 1977, and lives and works in Shanghai. Xu Zhen has been considered as an iconic figure in Chinese contemporary art. In 2004, Xu won the prize for ‘Best Artist’ at the China Contemporary Art Award. His practice covers various media such as installations, video, painting and performance, etc.
Xu Zhen has exhibited internationally, at museums and biennales, such as, Venice Biennale (2001, 2005), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2004), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2005), MoMA PS1 (New York, 2006), Tate Liverpool (2007), Hayward Gallery (London, 2012), Lyon Biennial (2013), Armory Show (New York, 2014), Long Museum (Shanghai 2015), Al Riwaq Art Center (Qatar, 2016), Sydney Biennial (2016), Guggenheim Museum (New York, 2017), Sharjah Biennial (2019), The Museum of Contemporary Art（Los Angeles, 2019）, among others.
Aside from being an artist, Xu Zhen is also a curator. He co-curated together with other artists major exhibitions in Shanghai and was one of the initiators of Art-Ba-Ba (www.art-ba-ba.com), a leading online forum for discussion and critique of contemporary art in Shanghai, in 2006. In 2009, Xu Zhen established ‘MadeIn Company’, a contemporary art creation corporate, focused on the production of creativity, and devoted to the research of contemporary culture’s infinite possibilities. In 2013, MadeIn Company launched XU ZHEN® which is committed to art creation and cutting-edge culture development. In 2014, MadeIn Company established MadeIn Gallery and in November 2016 launched the first “Xu Zhen Store” in Shanghai.
About Yang Shen
Yang Shen, born in 1973 in Beijing, graduated from the Mural Art department of Central Academy of Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Beijing. Yang Shen's paintings focus on the connection between personal memories, experiences, fantasies and historical times. Through continuous practice and unceasing exploration of painting language, Yang has gradually established a unique personal style. His paintings profoundly narrative-oriented, using illusory imagination to transform daily scenes into absurd and surrealistic visual experiences. He excels in juxtaposing cinematic elements, science fiction scenes and characters bearing the marks of time, to create fantastical surrealistic pictures.
His exhibitions include: “Meeting the Future – International Exhibition for Contemporary Art”, S x V Museum of Modern Art, Qingdao, China, “An Opera for Animals”, Rockbund Museum, Shanghai, China; "Supernatural”, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australis, 2018; “YANG Shen: Oddity”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2018; “Commodity & Ideology”, Klapper Hall Gallery, New York, U.S.A., 2017; “Scarcity & Supply”, The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival, Baijia Lake Art Museum, Nanjing, China, 2016; “KOREA with KOREA”, OZANEAUX ArtSpace, New York, U.S.A., 2016; “John Moores Painting Prize China”, SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2012.
About Zhong Wei
Zhong Wei, born in Beijing, China in 1987, currently works and lives in Beijing. Zhong’s practice takes form in immersive installations and paintings that speak to China's vibrant but chaotic Internet-based visual language. Having compiled a massive database of memes and imagery found online, Zhong uses these ubiquitous images as raw materials for his works. After arranging these materials in countless arrays and variations using computer, the artist builds digital sketches before painting them on canvas. Zhong responds through appropriation to the Internet popular culture, collective psychology, and social phenomena. Data and composite images removed from their context are intertwined on the canvas, presenting the virtual world unique ecosystem and visual experience.
Zhong Wei held a solo exhibition "易变░耦态 :NeメT Levé し" at de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong in 2019, and participated to the group show "Contemporary Showing Off" at de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong in 2020. Zhong Wei will also present a new installation project at PLATE Space in Beijing in 2020. His works are included in permanent collections among which: JP Morgan Chase Art Collection.