Ji Dachun

Plum Blossoms is proud to present Ji Dachun in his new solo exhibition featuring new and recent works by the Beijing-based artist.

Through subversive wit, Ji Dachun addresses the complex relations between Eastern and Western. Usually working in graphite and acrylic wash on canvas, he infuses his paintings with grotesque humor and accident. His subject matter is the happenstance of everyday life reimagined in absurd collisions of form and context, as in the deadpan Mao, Stalin, Lenin, En, Marx (Rolls Royce), 2004, which shows world-Communist figures seated uncomfortably together in a vintage stretch-limo. Other works, such as Turning into a Tree, 2004, are more playfully transformative, combining human anatomy with natural observation. The subdued, self-consuming preciousness of these works expresses Ji Dachun's irreverent, individualistic aesthetic unique amongst current Chinese art.

Ji Dachun lives and works as an artist in Beijing. He has exhibited extensively at international art fairs as well as festivals including the first Guangzhou Triennial, 2002, and the Shanghai Biennale, 2000. Recent international solo shows include the Posco Art Museum, Korea; Aura Gallery, China; and Base Gallery, Tokyo. Recent group shows include Democracy Forever, at Plum Blossoms New York, 2004; Images among Images, at the Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China, 2003; and Another Modernism, at the Haus der Kulturen, Berlin, 1997. This is his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.

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