Artists re-cre­ate

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By LIN QI linqi@chi­

The highly re­al­is­tic style of gongbi paint­ing (metic­u­lous brush­work) be­gan to form some 2,000 years ago and cre­ated bril­liance in Chi­nese art. Even though it is in de­cline to­day, con­tem­po­rary artists are try­ing to en­liven it with ex­per­i­men­tal ap­proaches.

Among the es­tab­lished artists who make en­deav­ors is Jiang Ji’an. The Bei­jing-based artist uses tea leaves to pro­duce pig­ments for paint­ing and then uses them to cre­ate small in­stal­la­tions.

He then pairs the paint­ings and in­stal­la­tions to­gether to form a work that con­veys a schol­arly tem­per­a­ment that was hailed in Song Dy­nasty paint­ings.

In his work, he is in­spired by French artist Mar­cel Duchamp’s ready-made art con­cept, in which in­stal­la­tions are cre­ated out of ev­ery­day ob­jects. If you go

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He says that al­though his works in­volve lit­tle use of gongbi tech­niques, he en­dorses a philo­soph­i­cal un­der­stand­ing of the ma­te­rial world that is es­sen­tial to the spirit of gongbi.

Ren Li­han, who grad­u­ated in Septem­ber from the Cen­tral Acad­emy of Fine Arts, ex­plores the con­nec­tion be­tween past and present in his works.

He re­pro­duces on a piece of paper images and in­scrip­tions from an­cient stone tablets, and de­tails Bud­dhist fig­ures on a semi-translu­cent layer of silk. gongbi

He then fixes the two paint­ings in a frame, the silk above the paper, to cre­ate a di­a­logue be­tween the past and the present.

Art­works by Jiang and Ren are on show at an on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, the 10th Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion of Chi­nese Gongbi Art, a tri­en­nial art show.

More than 100 works that

Left: A work by Luo Xiang at the on­go­ing tions on show en­dorse an idea of ready-made art.

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