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.