19th Dec – 28th Feb 2010
Curated by Brian Wallace
Red Gate Gallery is pleased to announce “Head On” a new exhibition about visual collision and the engaging effects it produces. With an eclectic selection of works, the exhibition is a charge of the artistic brigade where larger than life fiber-glass figures combat ceramic armored cheongsams in the backdrop of animated LED installation and flashing neon-light slogan as contemporary paintings by Han and Tibetan artists dialogue with their innovative palette and sumptuous textures
The Tibetan youths of Tsewang Tashi, an exciting new talent from Tibet, confront the viewer instantly with their intense gazes and shimmering skins in hues of rose and lavender. The large portraits with their glistening effects make for both seductive and disconcerting visual impact.
The Tashi paintings are a direct contrast to the in-the-headlights universe of Han Qing who marks this exhibition with a monumental painting of nocturnal street scene painted in a poetic aquamarine blue. The viewer is placed directly in the middle of a drizzling traffic jam scene where a kaleidoscope of headlights floods the composition and fills our field of vision.
Standing like elegant lampposts in front of Han Qing’s painting, the svelte silhouettes of Li Xiaofeng’s ceramic sculptures take on a new look with Song dynasty Cizhou antique shards. Individually painted in their distinct calligraphic decoration in ebony tones, the shards are pieced together to form the classical Chinese diva dress with mermaid-hem. The wearable mosaic dress demonstrates a delicate duality of both inherent fragility and heroic narrative.
Exhibiting artists include Chen Hanfeng, Chen Qingqing, Gade, Han Qing, Island6, Jiang Weitao, Li Peng, Li Xiaofeng, Niu An, Qu Fengguo, Ren Hongwei, Shi Zhongying, Tao Hongjing, Tsewang Tashi, Wang Yuping, Zhang Liyu, Zhang Zhaohui, Zhou Jirong
The exhibition will run from 19 Dec 2009 till 28 Feb 2010 at the Watchtower.