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Jun 2019

The Drawing Hand

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What is drawing? Do drawing and painting have a different meaning in Chinese and in English? Can drawing be three-dimensional? Can drawing be dynamic? ……

Drawing, as a fundamental medium of artistic representation, has a variety of forms in the history of art, such as artistic writing, sketching, paper cutting, paper folding, or the wild and delicate lines under the artist’s hand. However, in contemporary art, as a medium to express ideas and concepts, drawing is a territory that allows for an infinity of forms and whose creative universe is extremely varied.

Pablo Picasso used to say, “Evidently one never knows what one is going to draw… but when one starts doingit, then a story is born, an idea… and there you go.”

With the aim of investigating the meaning of drawing through multiple aspects, Danysz Gallery makes “The Drawing Hand” a long-term exhibition project, which is dedicated to drawing in all its different forms, facilitates and encourages closer and more dynamic communications and interactions between Chinese and foreign artists.

Since 2007, “The Drawing Hand” has been a signature exhibition at Danysz Gallery. Based on five previous successful exhibitions, this summer, Danysz Gallery in Shanghai will proudly present the 6th edition of the exhibition “The Drawing Hand”, and invite once again its visitors to discover artworks from a rich selection of artists and to think through the meaning of drawing. The exhibition will be opened on next Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, and it will be on view until 31st August, 2019. This group show will include artists such as (the list below follows the alphabetical order of the artists’ last names):

aaajiao, Jef Aerosol, Berlina, Bianca Argimon, Tarek Benaoum, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Xiaoyi Chen, Chenyan Du, Guillaume Barborini, Yingjie Chen, Ben Edmunds, Chenyu Gong, Cecile Guettier, Jingfang HAO & Lingjie WANG, Jean-Samuel Halifi, Julia Haumont, Xiaoliang Huang, Feng Jin, Abdul Rahman Katanani, Kim Laughton, Jiying Lee, Hongbo Li, Shuiyang Liu, Yi Liu, Zhenchen Liu, Ludo, Lihua Ma, Malonne, Wenting Ma, Guanshuai Mao, Taras Milosevic, Salomé Partouche, Charles Petillon, Etienne Pottier, Sebastien Preschoux, Yingwei Pu, RadiKarl ArchiWe, Remi Rough, Georges Rousse, André Saraiva, Linghao Shen, Wei Shen, Siu, Soco, Xi Song, Yanchu Sun, Xin Wang, Tao Xia, Hao Xiang, Yiyang Yang, Diwen You, Michael Yu, Chong Zhang, Hong Zhao, Keke Zhang.

This exhibition involves artists from various geographical horizons — from Ludo to Maleonn —, each of them having invited another artist of their choice. It presents a pictorial language as varied as the myriad of interpretations suggested by the term “drawing”, including artworks made of strings, deep ink, paper cutting, paper folding, writing, or sculptural propositions that humorously resonate with the 80s, like Etch a Sketch. Giving total freedom of interpretation to the artists, “The Drawing Hand” proposes a portrait, dreamed of as exhaustive, of this rich and fertile ground.

On the white walls of the gallery, the artworks proliferate and spread all over in a dynamic and overwhelming exhibition layout. The viewer imagines the connections between the works. One tries to guess who invited whom… The viewer is continuously surprised by an unexpected medium or seduced by the exquisiteness of a pencil stroke. Drawing unites all these different forms of expression, and the works echo each other.

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“Funnily enough, what we mean by drawing isn’t the same thing in the western world as in Asia. We, at the gallery, are presenting this exhibition for the sixth time now since 2007. It revolves around this very simple concept: the artists featured in this exhibition—artists represented by Danysz, or simply friends of the gallery—were asked to present one or several drawings. But what exactly is drawing?

As often with cultural misunderstandings, confusion sprouts from language. In Chinese, drawing falls into the concept of a generic term for picture, painting, drawing. Like a wealthy and generous host, this term can accommodate a wide range of techniques, genres, practices, such as oil painting, sketching, comics, cartoon, traditional Chinese painting, western-style painting, etc. In Chinese, the emphasis is on the act of representing something—to paint, to draw a picture—and the finality of it, the actual representation—image, picture, drawing, painting.

In English however, drawing is not such a friendly host as the Chinese term. It isn’t such a lofty and elastic concept. In English, drawing doesn’t want to be mixed up with painting, and that is perhaps the most effective way to define it. Where painting usually demands the use of a brush to apply pigment, drawing traditionally keeps to its pens and pencils. Where painting unfolds as a full composition, with solid patches of color, drawing has more to do with “lines”, and indeed when they think of drawing, westerners often have in mind the “outline” of a representation.

Today it falls on you, visitors, as you wander about in the exhibition space, surrounded by such a rich collection of artworks, to settle this question: do you see the chinese term for drawing, or do you see drawing in the western sense? Or maybe both? But you might as well decide to discard these language categories altogether, and to do something less exposed to cultural landslides: you can decide to look, just look, and follow the artist’s hand.”

Magda Danysz, 2019

Jun 2019

Transmergence #01

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Transmergence est un nouveau format d’exposition du FRAC Alsace, qui veut rendre visible la scène artistique régionale et transfrontalière tout en questionnant sa définition et ses frontières.

L’exposition Transmergence #01 rassemble cinq positions artistiques complémentaires qui explorent le concept de Terre en tant que système
complexe et matière ayant pris forme.

Motivé(e)s par des approches biographiques ou géographiques, les artistes abordent le sujet de manière conceptuelle, formelle et intuitive,
en partant de la matière.

Les œuvres interrogent, recherchent et transforment la matière. Par la geste artistique, la pierre, le sel, le papier, le safran, le pollen de lotus, la chlorophylle, la lumière et l’eau parviennent à une morphologie surprenante, une nouvelle matérialité plastique et visuelle, une forme et une formulation propres.

De choses simples d’apparence émergent des enregistrements et dialogues complexes.

Avec les artistes
Guillaume Barth
Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang
Jochen Kitzbihler
Maren Ruben
Capucine Vandebrouck

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Transmergence bezeichnet ein neues Aussstellungsformat des FRAC Alsace,
welches die regionale, grenzübergreifende Kunstszene sichtbar machen möchte und zugleich ihre Definition und Grenzen hinterfragt.

Transmergence #01 versammelt fünf komplementäre künstlerische Positionen, die den Begriff der Erde als komplexes System, als Materie, die Form angenommen hat, untersuchen.

Meist biographisch- geographisch motiviert, vom Material ausgehend, nähern sie sich dem Thema konzeptuell, formal und intuitiv.
Die Werke befragen, erforschen, und transformieren.

Durch die künstlerische Geste finden Stein,Salz, Papier, Safran, Lotuspollen,
Chlorophyll, Licht und Wasser zu überraschender Morphologie, zu neuer plastischer und visueller Stofflichkeit, zu Form und Form-ulierung.

Es entstehen Aufzeichnungen und Dialoge des Komplexen im scheinbar Einfachen.

Mit :
Guillaume Barth
Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang
Jochen Kitzbihler
Maren Ruben
Capucine Vandebrouck

May 2019

A White Space Odyssey

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Artists: Gao Lei, Gao Ludi, He Xiangyu, Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang, Ce Jian, Christine Sun Kim, Li Liao, Li Shurui, Liu Shiyuan, Liu Wentao, Liu Xinyi, Qin Jun, Shi Zhiying, Tan Tian, Tong Wenmin, Ignacio Uriarte, Wang Qiang, Wang Haiyang, Wang Tuo, Xie Fan, Yang Jian, Zhai Liang, Zhang Zipiao

Curator: Shen Chen

“As you set out for Ithaka, hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery.”

In 1911, the Greek novelist Constantine Cavafy wrote these verses to a poem entitled, Ithaka. It expressed the writer’s nostalgia for his hometown and lament for long life. Being an exile in many ways, he distanced his writing from current literary trends. Instead, he created an independent spiritual world for his poetry. The island Cavafy mentioned in the poem is hero Odysseus’ hometown, portrayed in Homer’s 24-chapter epic, The Odyssey. In this epic, Odysseus, whose name means “way of mind” in ancient Greek, traveled for ten years on the sea to return to Ithaka.

As of now, dispersion has the attributes of many new and complex meanings. Particularly in the political and economic context of globalization, in a world decentralized yet connected through the Internet, to disperse may be construed as taking a proactive journey or making a self-driven choice. As in the case of 2001: A Space Odyssey, modeled on the classical literature of The Odyssey, in which a journey trapped on the sea is transformed into an active exploration to the enigmatic universe. In a world like the one we live in, the locations of birth, studies, work, and life for these 24 artists at White Space Beijing have also been shifting constantly on this long journey. However, we are more interested in the happiness, joy, confusion, obstacles, and the life they have inadvertently encountered, as well as how these experiences would pivotally impact their spiritual world and art practices?

A White Space Odyssey aims to present a “midway exposure” for the 24 artists’ journeys at White Space Beijing. By selecting these “cue-dependent” works of art that are transversal in their practice, we are given the opportunity to go back to the spiritual homeland of their respective artistic subjects. These “cue-dependent” works are not necessarily the most familiar pieces in their practices, however, to a certain degree, each exemplifies or embodies the artist’s personalized experiments and explorations with regards to subject matter, concept, and approach. With regards to the temporal component of this selection, some artists choose to exhibit their early works in order to address the approach they have taken that had a tremendous impact in their practice thereafter; others present the more recent works that exhibit the artists’ current and important transitions, as they may offer a response to their earlier practice. In terms of the spiritual component of the artworks, some embarked on introspective journeys that uncover the meanings of their internal experiences; others are proactively relating to the outside world and try to provide responses to the agitated realities – in spite in most cases, the two are intimately intertwined. These choices are made on the basis of the artists’ current work and their state of being, which aim to showcase their continuous critical thinking and commitment to art practice.

This exhibition is not interested in articulating a general experience. Instead, it hopes the viewer would engage with the practice of each individual artist by look into the long way they have come, tracing back their individual will, thinking, judgment and value choices. With the diversity and complexity of these individual lives, we hope to weave a radiant constellation and the possibility towards a future paradise.

Apr 2019

Laureate Contemporary Talents, François Schneider Foundation

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The call for applications for the 8 th edition was held from 1 st September to 1 st November 2018. The names of the 47 finalists of the competition chosen by 4 Expert Committees were announced in February 2019 and a booklet with 47 pre works -selected has just been published.

The final selection will take place on 4 April 2019 at the grand jury meeting in Wattwiller.
The selection of the winners will be announced on April 5 at 11 am at the François Schneider Foundation by Jean-Noël Jeanneney, President of the Grand Jury.

The 2019 grand jury, chaired by Jean-Noël Jeanneney , is composed of renowned personalities from the world of the arts:
Felizitas Diering (FRAC Alsace Director)
Alfred Pacquement (Heritage Curator, France)
Ernest Pignon Ernest (artist, France)
Fabrizio Plessi (artist , Italy)
Roland Wetzel (Director of the Tinguely Museum, Switzerland)

Meeting in Wattwiller on April 4th, the grand jury chose 7 artists of 4 nationalities as winners of the 8 th edition of the contest.
> Rachael Louise Bailey (United Kingdom) Global, 2018 . Sculpture, 3m in diameter.
> Guillaume Barth (France) The Second World, Elina, 2015. Video, 4mn41.
> Olivier Crouzel (France) 18 curtains, 2015. installation, 11,520 x 3,240 cm.
> Hao Jingfang and Wang Lingjie  (China – France) Over the rainbow, 2016. Installation, variable dimensions.
> Eva Nielsen (France)Zode IV , 2018. Painting, 200 x 180 cm.
> Capucine Vandebrouck (France) Puddle , 2017. Installation, variable dimensions.
> Wiktoria Wojciechowska (Poland – France) Short Flashes , 2013. Photography, 80 x 768 cm.

The works of the laureates will be presented in a collective exhibition at the Foundation’s art center and will be part of their collection. Over the years, a unique set of forty pieces has been created by the acquisition of the works of the laureates – drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, photos or installations – illustrating the theme of water from different angles (scientific, political, ecological, philosophical, etc.) and testifying to the diversity of artistic practices of the 21st century.

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Apr 2019

Cosmos:2019

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Cosmos : 2019
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Curator : Valerie Perrin
From 13th April till 20th July 2019

In the era of new technologies and the exploration of Mars, how do contemporary artists view, appropriate, interrogate the cosmos? Has the development and accessibility of certain data, initiated new artistic practices, new fantasies, new “alien” encounters? These are the questions that the exhibition’s Cosmos: 2019 would like to ask.
With : Susan Hiller, Cécile Beau, Venzha Christ, Guillaume Bertrand, les Éditions à Mort, David Guez, Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang, Esther Hunziker, Marie Lienhard, Silvi Simon, RYBN.ORG.

During the 1960s at the time of the Cold War, Space was an issue of national prestige, power and rivalry between the United States and the U.S.S.R. In reaction to the U.S.S.R. sending the first man into space (1961), the United States, sent the first man to the Moon. So, on July 20 1969, during the Apollo XI mission, man took his first step on the moon.
This historical event was broadcast globally, live via satellite, over television and radio, and reached an audience of more than 500 million people on this Blue Planet. A landmark event in media history, these images sparked a fertile imagination of space travel, confirming the aesthetic intuition of Stanley Kubrik’s film 2001 : A Space Odyssey, which had been released one year earlier. Where fiction anticipates reality…
Fifty years later, space became less about national conquest, more about scientific research and technological development with international collaborations like the International Space Station. Their images inundate the Internet and are quite accessible to all.
In the era of new technologies and the exploration of Mars, how do contemporary artists view, appropriate, interrogate the cosmos ? Has the development and accessibility of certain data, initiated new artistic practices, new fantasies, new “alien” encounters? These are the questions that the exhibition’s Cosmos: 2019 would like to ask.
Cosmos: 2019 is introduced by two codes: first, ‘Binary Stele’ by David Guez, which imprints the binary code of the iconic photo of man’s first steps on the moon onto material, thus retaining this image for eternity, second, an installation by Guillaume Bertrand, of the navigation software for the Apollo XI program, remembers Margaret Hamilton, the woman who created this software yet remained unknown for forty-seven years and because of whom, men were able to walk on the Moon.
The art works presented in the exhibition Cosmos: 2019 propose another journey in space: in the literal sense by experiencing flight with Logics of Gold by Marie Lienhard, and also by discovering the poetic and fictitious galaxies of Cécile Beau, solar and martian traces of Jinfang Hao and Lingjie Wang, Ester Hunziker and Silvi Simon. Cosmos: 2019 is also an opportunity to meet those who observed unidentified flying objects in the sky through the installation of Susan Hiller, the pop up book of Editions à Mort which gives a voice to ufologists. And, with the researches of Venzha Christ and RYBN.ORG to ask whether the cosmos might now be a new territory for intervention by artists.
Cosmos: 2019 towards another space conquest?
Opening on Saturday 13th October at 5 p.m in Espace multimédia Gantner

Feb 2019

COCOSMO

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Les recherches de Jingfang Hao et Lingjie Wang sont le fruit d’une « exaltante alliance des contraires ».

Leurs oeuvres puisent aux racines de la culture chinoise et sont nourries de références à l’histoire de l’art occidentale. A la fois
conceptuelles et sensuelles, objet et processus.

Cette bipolarité, que l’on retrouve dans le taoïsme mystique originel sous la forme du Yin et du Yang, est davantage une façon d’être au monde qu’un système.

Chacune de leurs oeuvres repose sur un dialogue entre une conception cartésienne et mathématique, héritée de leur formation d’ingénieurs et d’un intérêt pour l’art conceptuel occidental, et une vision sensuelle et poétique du monde et de la nature liée à leur culture chinoise et à leur connaissance de la matière qui compose les objets qui nous entourent.