Xi'an Conversations

    • Date
      2015.08.22 15:40-17:00
    • Guest
      Ding Yi, Xu Hongming, Pu Hong
    • Moderator
      Karen Smith
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Pu Hong in Conversation With Ding Yi and Xu Hongming

As a painter, Ding Yi is almost a structuralist in the precision he brings to his practice. If the works of other artists can be said to expand the boundaries of painting, Ding Yi's works can be described as the deepening of painting in a singular direction. His understanding of painting begins from a clear and definite system of references, which have endowed him with the dedication and patience to work with the simple motif of a "cross" (or, more precisely, two lines crossing) for what is now over three decades. Through constant exploration, in the manner of an excavator, he has established his own structured world of symbols. By means of ordering, contrasting and repeating, Ding Yi has built up a system of symbols for his crosses between the regular and the irregular, the deep and the shallow, the complicated and the simple.
Xu Hongming's painting has received a great impact from Western philosophy in the process of striving to surpass the limitations of what was the isolated cultural framework into which he was born. With the help of Western abstract art, which nourished him, he discerned the limitations which exist in the work of Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko from the angle of speculation that was cultivated by Oriental philosophy. Dedicated to studying the natures of various materials, processes and colour, Xu Hongming arrived at an unusual painting technique. He fills a bamboo sieve with the pigments he requires, and allows the pigment powder to fall naturally through the sieve and onto the surface of either rice paper or linen canvas laid flat on the floor. This means of making produces warm pools of colour in sharp contrast with cool ones that flow freely into various shades and softness.
On August 22, guest curator Pu Hong will talk with Ding Yi and Xu Hongming about their art practice and thinking.


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