Cai Dongdong: “Fountain 泉”
New York-based Klein Sun Gallery is to present “Fountain 泉,” a solo exhibition of mixed media installations by Beijing-based artist Cai Dongdong, from February 18 through March 19, 2016.
Outsider artist Cai Dongdong first discovered photography not in the confines of a studio, but out of the rigid environment of military service. Cai joined China’s People Liberation Army at a young age – he was handed a camera and given the instruction to use it, and quickly found himself in the role of a military portrait photographer. Thus, Cai’s first subjects were the soft, youthful faces of soldiers, the haunting visual remnants of which can be found even in his recent work.
Cai Dongdong was born in Tianshui, Gansu, in 1978. Recent group museum exhibitions include “Links – Locality and Nomadism,” The Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China (2015-2016); “Beyond the Earth – The First Xi’an Contemporary Photography Exhibition,” Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China (2015); “Chinese Photography: Twentieth Century and Beyond,” Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China (2015); and “Unfamiliar Asia: The Second Beijing Photo Biennial,” CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2015).
Zhong Biao: “The Other Shore”
Klein Sun Gallery is to present “The Other Shore,” a solo exhibition of large-scale paintings by Sichuan-based artist Zhong Biao, from February 18 through March 19, 2016.
Zhong Biao is a prominent contemporary painter known internationally for his hyper realistic interpretations of modern life. Maintaining a distance from the parameters of classical portraiture and composition, Zhong’s eye on the world seems a cynical one – his depictions of chaos and destruction are all consuming – yet symbols of purity prevail, proving the symbiotic relationships of opposites in life.
In “The Other Shore,” Zhong presents new paintings that focus keenly on the co-existence of diverse cultures, whether with respect to geography or in ideology. His goal is to use painting to challenge the limits of space and time which frame our experience.”
Zhong Biao was born in 1968 in Chongqing, China, and graduated from the department of oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, in 1991. Solo museum shows include “Zhong Biao: Blown Over,” Tivat Naval Heritage Collection Museum, Tivat, Montenegro (2014); “Tailoring Clouds,” Suzhou Art Museum, Jiangsu, China (2013); “The Universe of Unreality – Zhong Biao’s Visions,” Chiesa Santa Maria Della Visitazione, Venice, Italy (2013); “The Tendency of Events – Zhong Biao,” Yuz Art Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia (2009); and “The Fable of Life,” Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China (1996).