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Li Jinguo

Li Jinguo: Ink
Venue: Red Gate Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 20 - July 28, 2015

We are delighted to announce the opening of Li Jinguo’s first solo exhibition at Red Gate Gallery and the launch of his two new distinct series ‘Bonsai’ and ‘Untitled’ created in 2015.

Li Jinguo’s creative use of resin in sculptural works is well known. The inspiration for the ‘Bonsai’ series is the traditional Chinese art of nurturing miniature trees in pots. The recasting of classical Chinese elements such as   plant life, plum blossom and Taihu scholar rocks in crystal resin gives birth to a unique visual expression of vitality.

In his latest series ‘Untitled’, Li Jinguo uses the medium of resin to cast traditional Chinese ink imagery set in classical Western frames. The embedded whimsy of the Chinese ink imagery is subtly illuminated in a light box effect that generates a unique aesthetic that is both nostalgic and contemporary.

1978                  Born in Chongqing

1998                  Graduated from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts

2005                 Graduated from the Sculpture Dept. Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)

Present:            Lives and works in Guangzhou

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2017                  Gene – Li Jinguo Solo Exhibition, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

2015                  Ink, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2017                   Red Gate on the Move, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

2016                   SPLURGE WITH SURGE, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
                           My Living Room - Red Gate Gallery 25th Anniversary, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
                           WHIPLASH!!!, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

2015                   Peng! OUT OF THE BOX, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

2014                   Surge Art, MOMA, Beijing
                           First but not the Least, Kong Contemporary Art Agency, Beijing
                           Surge Art Red Gate Pop Up, Red Gate Gallery

2013                   Cross – Strait, Guan Xiang Art Space, Taipei
                           Red Hot, Red Gate Gallery
                           Nominated Young Artist in Asia, Today Art Museum, Beijing
                           Materialism – Sculpture Exhibition, Red Gate Gallery

2012                   Emerging Artists from Affordable Art Beijing, Red Gate Gallery
                           7th Affordable Art Beijing, 798 Space, Beijing

2011                    Endless Variations, Sui Jianguo and his Students, Red Star Gallery, Beijing

 

Awards

 

2005                   Hill College Light Art Heritage Award

2003                   Female Body, received Third Prize of Excellent Students Works
                            Mace, received Third Prize of Excellent Students Works

2002                   Human Body received Second Prize of Excellent Students Works

 

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Li Jinguo: Ink

Venue: Red Gate Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 20 - July 28, 2015

 

Creative Notes: 

 

I remember a documentary shot by a  director who placed his camera at the head of a train.  He proceeded to shoot the train’s entire journey continuously without any editing.  It is said that this documentary broke a record in visual documentation.  In fact, the feeling was simply of travelling by train whilst sitting on a sofa at home.

 

Two years ago, I moved part of my studio to Guangdong province. Each year, I would travel back and forward  between Guangzhou and Beijing several times, sitting on the train for more than twenty hours each time. On these slow journeys my mind would turn to random thoughts, for example upon the nature of time. If I slept for five hours, these five hours felt like nothing. However, if I had not slept for the same five hours of the journey then I would have felt that I had experienced them. No matter what one does, time progresses forward, this is quite terrifying. We all experience time on a level playing field.  For all of us, time is a relentless count down.  Time is a never ending continuum-theory tells us so.

 

I have been researching  crystal resin for ten years, in a  flash of time it transforms from a liquid state to a solid.  I use this specific quality in my sculptural works.  The resin in its liquid state is like ink, and it moves precisely in the same way.  Once the ink has swirled into a particular formation it is at that critical instant I freeze it.  It is as though the ink is suspended in time.

 

Life is one long journey, the scenery flashes by, the end is inevitable. Nevertheless we may collect mements fondly. Time waits for no man, this is God’s tyranny.

 

Li Jinguo, May 2015 at Guangdong

Translated by Michell George

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