Gallery: Art Supermarket
Opening / Event Date: 21 Nov, 2019
Closing / End Date: 29 Feb, 2020
|漢雅軒香港 中環 畢打街十二號 畢打行四零一室Hanart TZ Gallery
401 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Hanart TZ Gallery proudly presents a solo exhibition of new works by Feng Mengbo, revealing an exciting new dimension to this celebrated multi-media artist.
Known for his interactive videogame installations and politically-laced Pop language, Feng has over the past two years been working on a new series of wildly inventive, mixed-media paintings created in an inimitable Post-Pop style. In these paintings Feng creates colourful, humourous and sometimes darkly disturbing pastiches whose imagery is drawn from the richness of mass media language, including political posters, cartoons, popular films and video gaming. Traditional artworks are not exempt, as Feng lifts motifs from artists such as Xu Beihong , Qi Baishi and Li Kushan, whose works have been absorbed into mass media language through kitsch appropriations. Painting on a multitude of surfaces–everything from the more traditional xuan paper and canvas, to old-fashioned lenticular prints sourced at Beijing junk shops and plastic drum skins, Feng creates fascinating juxtapositions of invented and appropriated imagery, where familiar “heroic” characters such as Chun Li from Super Nintendo’s “Street Fighter” arcade game and martial arts star Bruce Lee appear in tandem with a Xu Beihong horse or a tacky lenticular landscape scene. Through these sometimes-outrageous compositions Feng is engaging in a revision of the Chinese cultural world, and more particularly of the era that has formed the foundation of the visual imagination of artists of Feng’s generation. By choosing a figure such as Chun Li for his heroine, he is also periodizing history, as she belongs very much to the days of his youth and his childhood memories, both social and familial, and circumscribed in part by impressions of the Cultural Revolution.
The more than 70 new paintings by Feng will be displayed in a salon-style installation at the gallery, and will be accompanied by a “gaming centre” created from four of Feng’s interactive videogame consoles in which the audience can play his Long March: Restart videogame. A monumental two-channel version of Feng’s Long March: Restart has just been shown in the major group exhibition “Scenes from a New Heritage” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
An enthusiastic musician in the techno and electronica styles as well as an artist, Feng Mengbo will perform in a live mini-concert at the opening reception on 8 May.
本展覽將會以「沙龍」形式展示超過70幅全新繪畫。畫廊更會同時變身為一個電玩遊戲廳（機鋪），展出四臺馮夢波的互動電玩裝置（街機），讓觀眾可以挑戰由他編寫的電玩遊戲《長征：重啓》。目前紐約現代美術館（MoMA, New York）正在舉辦Scenes from a New Heritage 群展，包括馮夢波《長征：重啓》電子遊戲的巨型隧道裝置版本。