Young Chinese Artists Reflect The Changing Urban Landscape

Exhibition Of Young Chinese Artists In Shanghai Gives Post-Reform Artists New Platform To Find New Audiences

The "Scattered Times" exhibition takes place at Shanghai Times Square

The "Scattered Times" exhibition takes place at Shanghai Times Square

As the art world begins to rebound from the global economic slowdown, this summer has brought plenty of great opportunities to see contemporary Chinese art around the world. With domestic demand growing rapidly, and as more Chinese middle- and upper-class individuals diversify their assets to include mainstays like gold and property but also portable assets like art and jewelry, the Chinese art market has been one of the more active art areas in 2009. As Chinese-American artist Jian Wang recently said after spending several months working in China, “The Chinese art market is very hot, and Chinese contemporary art is seen [by Chinese collectors] as a commodity and a good investment.”

Reflecting the speed at which contemporary art in China is gaining allure for the local market, young artists in China are finding an increasing number of venues at which to exhibit their art. This week, 20 young Chinese artists will present at the “Scattered Times” contemporary art exhibition at Shanghai Times Square on Huaihai Road. As this article from China Net points out, the exhibition gives artists in a wide number of mediums the opportunity to present their works to a more receptive domestic audience:

In an installation and performance art work, pedestrians walk confidently and uncaringly on white sand spread across a red brick-paved area. They leave their footprints in the previously untarnished sand. After they leave, a “guardian” rakes the sand smooth again silently and stoically, not reflecting joy or sadness in the trampling of the sand.

This work, entitled “The White,” is placed near the entrance to the shopping mall.

Its designer, Yang Xinguang, an artist from Beijing, brings subtle thoughts and hints to his audience, stirring a moral sense from the bottom of the heart by using vivid visual contrasts and shadowy actions.

Cheng Shaohua, the designer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games logo, is exhibiting his dynamic ink-wash paintings entitled “Origin.”

They show beautiful scenes where the ink slowly shifts and shapes, forming different pictures which are vivid, humorous, pretty and imaginative. His works also give voice to unique Chinese attitudes by using techniques and approaches familiar to all Chinese.

“Water, a kind of material of the soul, is also the form of everything that is dominated by God with wisdom and magic,” Chen says. “Ink is the means that makes all present in our eyes so that we can have a chance to see that the God is working hard. I always respect water deeply although it is the most familiar material to us.”

Many of these artists who are active in the Chinese contemporary art scene will donate some of their works to the Shanghai Science Popularization Foundation to express their concern and support for China’s science education and public welfare undertakings.

According to Cathy Hau, deputy general manager of Shanghai Times Square, the event’s organizer, there are countless types of rules for art and artists to break in the world. But the essence of art is freedom without oppression or boundaries.

Everything can become a work of art, and details in life can be an endless inspiration if you are able to discover them.

“We can see the full transmission of spirit of limitless art from this exhibition,” Hau says. “We hope our efforts can not only shorten the distance between art and the public but also bring the public and consumers more emotional communication and interaction.”

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