Gallery: Art Supermarket
Opening / Event Date: 21 Nov, 2019
Closing / End Date: 2 May, 2020
Contemporary by Angela Li is proud to present Simulacra, the fourth Hong Kong solo exhibition of Chinese artist Lv Shanchuan. The word Simulacra carries a meaning of something that replaces reality with its representation. Ancient philosopher Plato speaks of imitation in his later dialogue Sophist, he states that “representative” is not real, it is the intention of the creator to distort and obscure the real being. These thoughts of philosopher precisely echo the creative thinking of Lv. The artist’s ongoing series is inspired by the pictures of news media; Lv throws multiple layers of thick oil paint directly onto the canvas, creating highly textured work that responses to the philosopher’s ideology of representation; Lv’s paintings are infused with his personal interpretation rather than an objective depiction of the subject matter. The artist’s latest works are an extension of the series he has been painting for the last decade. In addition, new works such as Simulacra No. 1 shows a continuation of Lv’s investigation in the relationship between reality and representation, further entering a state of almost pure abstraction; the original image is utterly distorted that is barely discernible, retaining only his feelings towards the original image.
Lv will present 9 new works in this exhibition. Simulacra will open on 19 September 2019 from 6pm to 8pm and artist will be in attendance. Simulacra will be on view until 26 October.