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WANG Jun:Hello! Guest

55 is proud to present Wang Jun’s first solo exhibition in Shanghai “Hello, Guest” from the 17th of October through 8th of November, 2015.

 

Wang Jun’s art mainly involves painting and installation. He regards painting as an vocabulary. Often, several different kinds of paintings will be processed at the same time, in order to create a much desired scene for the audiences. What Wang Jun cares about is to establish a possible relationship of structure between paintings - which is a kind of “observation of exploration”. He treats the elasticity derived from the interlace of structure as a response to existence.

 

“Hello, Guest” consists of six paintings and an installation made of cheap material based on the thinking of “art swapping”.

 

On one painting, the images on paper and board came from a signboard drawn by the owner of a restaurant. Being “practical” was the main motive of creation. Another large piece painted on a carpet extends the artist’s preference of writing. Slow but impromptu writings about the motivation behind this exhibition and creativity eventually lost in the darkness of despair. As for the installation piece, the artist will mark the price to sell the internal space of commodity packaging he purchased on the internet. Those negative space entity made of highly strengthened gypsum cast will be sold as a casual and playful mechanism in the exhibition space. “Hello, Guest” is not only about questioning of hidden secrets of the artist himself, but also is a kind of caution of art production mechanism. The real guest is hidden in the creator’s unconscious abyss. Greeting is a continuous process of elimination, a kind of pursuit and emptiness, a kind of calm after repeating the main body and avoiding emptiness. At the same time, it also shows the artist’s complex psychological response to the urban art signs.

 

Wang Jun was born in China in 1974. He obtained both his B.A. and M.A. in Print-making from Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 1999 and 2005 respectively. Wang Jun received international residencies at the Chinese Contemporary Art Centre in Manchester in 2010 and Dussedorf in 2012.

 

Wang Jun’s recent major exhibitions include: “How it’s done, How it’s wrong” (solo, Chengdu, China, 2013); “Inward Method” (solo, Beijing, China, 2011) “Material · Lies · Diver” (solo, Chongqing, China, 2009); “Stop Making Sense” (chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2015); “New Vision of Chinese Contemporary Art” (Barcelona, Spain, 2014); “Beyond The Dark Would” (Burry Museum, Manchester, U.K.); “St.Moritz Art Master-Urbanization,Evolution & the Image” (St.Moritz, Switzerland, 2013); “Strayed Representation” (Tang Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China, 2012); “2 Kunstler in Dusserdorf” (Dussedorf, Germany, 2012); “Shaping the Future - A New Generation of Chinese Artist” (Via Cavour, Turin, Italy, 2012); “Water stains on the wall: The carrier of formation” (Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, 2012); “The History of Trade Stamps” (Burry Museum, Manchester, UK, 2011); “Visual Flux - Space and Energy” (Qinghe Contemporary Art Center, Nanjing, China, 2010); “Invisible Wings” (Times Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2010); “Reshaping History: China Art from 2000 to 2009” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2010); “Cock · Paper · Scissors - Negotiable Values” (Chinese Art Centre, Manchester, U.K., 2010); “Lead Up - The Exhibition of the Chinese Fine Arts Critics Nominations” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2009); “Backtracking and Exploration” (Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China, 2009); “UPDATING” (Wall Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2008); “The Figure of Will” (Duolun MoCA, Shanghai, China, 2008); “Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists” (Zendai MoCA, Shanghai, China, 2007); “Word of Mouth” (Guizhou Museum, Guiyang, China, 2007); “Chinese Art Today” (China Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2006); “920 Kilograms” (Duolun MoCA, shanghai, China, 2005); “Back Packer” (Art Commune, H.K., 2004); “PASSAGE” (Museum of Sorbonne University, Paris, France, 2004); etc.

 

Opening:14:00 - 17:00; 17 Oct. 2015

Dates:18 Oct. - 8 Nov. 2015