Gallery: Tang Contemporary Art
Artist(s): Xia Xiaowan, Chen Hui
Opening / Event Date: 31 August, 2017
Closing / End Date: 27 September, 2017
Opening: February 25, Saturday, 4-6pm
Artist will be present and will give a calligraphy demonstration, overlaying ink on her photographs and speak about her creative process
In 2014, Alisan Fine Arts presented Beyond the Jade Terrace, showcasing four standout female artists, including Chu Chu, from China whose ink paintings offer a refreshingly new aesthetic sensibility. Images of Objects – Photographic Calligraphy by Chu Chu marks our first solo exhibition for Chu Chu and her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. On display are 13 photographic and calligraphic works from four series and specifically created for this exhibition: Gardenia, Fruits, Whispers of Trees, and her new series Recalling Jiangnan. As an accomplished ink painter, calligrapher and photographer, Chu Chu’s artworks often blend together elements from ink painting and photography. The series Whispers of Trees perhaps best encapsulates her cross-disciplinary approach to artistic creation. First conceived during early Spring of 2010, she took inspiration from branches she found during visits to the botanical garden near her home. After bringing them back to her studio she photographed them over a period of years. Upon printing the images, she paintstakingly applied calligraphy directly onto each photograph making each one of them unique.
About the Artist
She graduated from the Department of oil painting, at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou in 2000, where she also received her MFA in new media in 2007 and in 2015 attained her PhD, in calligraphy under the tutelage of Wang Dongling. Since then, the artist has devoted herself to ink painting, and seeks to incorporate this art form with photography and calligraphy. In 2014 Alisan Fine Arts included her work in Beyond the Jade Terrace which featured four young woman artists from mainland China. She was also included in the important modern calligraphy exhibition Writing Non-writing at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, in 2015. That same year the gallery brought Chu Chu’s series of traditional mountain landscapes rendered in colourful compositions and overlaid with calligraphic text to the inaugural edition of Ink Asia, as part of the group exhibition Tracing the Brush: Transformed Text. She has been widely exhibited – including in France, Germany, England, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong – and has drawn considerable attention from collectors and institutions alike.