Liao Guohe’s second solo exhibition at the Boers-Li Gallery will be held from Sept. 6 through 30, 2013. This time he will present over twenty new paintings.
Liao’s works focus on delivering a message, whether it’s a social trend or a fictitious anecdote, through imagery and defiance of the "proper". Unlike his earlier works, which duel on macroscopic issues in Chinese politics and society, his new works bring the viewers to an introspection of moral values. In a new series called Justice, the artist writes these Chinese characters in a comical interpretation of what and where "justice" could be: Coughed up red by a rooster, soaring in the sky as an avian formation, or on an appropriation of Mike Kelley’s Twin Henry’s buttocks. Through these brazen representations of "justice"; Liao poses a light yet memorable channel of discourse to a conventionally weighted theme.
Moreover, in this exhibition, Liao experiments with industrial linen cloths as canvas in place of the usual canvas for art. This combination of rough texture with harsh brushstrokes reflects the stereotypes of bad taste related to the working class. In The Truth of Painting Blowing Gently, an old bald man cuddles with a blond woman in a swing, rocking gently as the “truth of painting” breezes by while he carelessly paints on a canvas with his feet. The goofy content and sexual innuendo ridicules and questions the definition of painting and the current environment of art.
Liao’s playful, unruly, yet determined attitude toward art is expressed directly through his paintings. Despite having a deep understanding of the traditions of Chinese ink and Western oil paintings, Liao chooses to bring his art away from the polished recognizable symbols of painting, and derives his works from a simplicity familiar to the average working class. His paintings identify with the traditions of "bad painting", but evolves beyond just that. It is through his free, rebellious and unconventional strokes and forms that the underside of society and its passionate and prosaic rhythm shines through.
Tel: +86 10 64322620
Date: Sept. 6 - 30
Time: Midday - 6:00 pm
Venue: Boers-Li Gallery
Address 1-706 Back Street, No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, 798 Art Zone, Chaoyang District
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