Liu Chuanhong: Fairy Dreams in Peach-Blossom-Valley
December 24, 2012 - February 23, 2013
As an godd one inside the systemh (quoted from Yu Aijun, Misplaced Feelings or Sleepwalking: Liu Chuanhong's Life and Art), Liu Chuanhong received a strict painting skill training. Relying on deep literary skills and unique insight of traditional Chinese landscape, as well as the life accumulation of living alone in the mountains for many years, he makes a personal presentation for the symbolic individuals in Chinese culture with a combination of text and paintings, and gives them new story texts on the basis of the original figures, to conduct a re-creation in his own way. His works are full of intelligence and emotional power.
In this exhibition, we will present Liu Chuanhongfs series of works including Lin Chong Enters Northern Henan, Mountain Forest Picture Book Series, Old Photos of Mountain People and Liufs Diary, My Friend Xu Wenqiang, Journey to the West, etc.. They will lead the viewers to discard the previous reading experience, and enter the greal lifeh of the legendary figures, which was written by Liu Chuanhong.
The following text is quoted from Xu Shengfs review article written for this exhibition:
[Excerpt of Article]
When Liu Chuanhong was young, he was a student with a zero in math, and a full mark in composition. Later, he was hooked on painting, and was trained strictly in oil painting, which displayed his talent in spinning yarns with painting, instead of making him an author. In 2003, he went to the Taohuadong Village of Lin County, He Nan, and became a local hill people there. Everyday, he chopped wood and farmed, and painted at leisure. He lived there for nine years. The works to be presented in this exhibition are from his creation and life there.
Contemporary Arth teaches the artist how to make use of theory, and gives the artist unlimited freedom in creating, however, it has deprived one right, which is the right of creating the works which are hard for initiating theory. Fortunately, Liu Chuanhong has retained this right. Concerning theory, maybe his works will lead to the key words below: mountains and plains, nature, humanity, nostalgia, the Peach Garden, seclusion, existencecAlthough they are always vacuous, they are still gcorrecth and convincing. Moreover, if we pay attention to the tone, the melodious academic voice will completely submerge the Jingle Bells, which represents the powerful substance worship and the catabolic faith, and make the old man with the spirit of internationalism spineless to land on the roof of A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, although he has gone a long way to China. But Liu Chuanhong is not worried about this, he doesnft care about the words, he only cares about his own stories, the bad stories. Probably he will invite the Santa Claus to come over, and point out the socialites and intellectuals for him, with gloom and snicker. Probably, Xu Wenqiang will blend in with the crowd; Liu Chuanhong can immediately recognize him. iby Xu Shengj
Meanwhile, to thank the long-term support of friends from all walks of life, on the occasion of Christmas, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space has planned a Christmas Eve. We have prepared beautiful gifts and buffet, as well as live show of special invited folk singer. We have also set up the game interactive sessions. In this Christmas Eve, letfs spend the night together with art and music.
In order to make everyone understand the creations of Liu Chuanhong more in-depth and bring more interaction, the organizer has arranged a lecture gFairy Dreams in Peach-Blossom-Valley: Liu Chuanhongh on the opening day at 16:00, the lecture will last to 17:30. Combining his artistic creations, artist Liu Chuanhong will communicate with everyone, and elaborate on his own concept of creation.