Gallery: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Artist(s): Angel Vergara
Opening / Event Date: 18 Nov, 2023
Closing / End Date: 16 Mar, 2024
Hong Kong – Galerie du Monde is delighted to announce a dual solo exhibition to take place from 15 January to 3 March, featuring all new works by artists Crystal Liu (b. Toronto, 1980) and Qi Yu (b. Xiamen, 1969). Each of these artists engages in different practices and are at notably different stages in their career, while both draw inspiration from ink art, a link which is visible in their different practices.
Crystal Liu, born in Canada to Cantonese parents, has enjoyed critical success in both Canada and in the United States. Liu now visits Hong Kong for her very first solo exhibition here. Liu is inspired by natural elements, such as the night, stars, clouds, mountains, trees, blood, water, owls, octopuses and flowers, which she transforms through her paintings to form a multitude of characters, evoking emotions and enacting stories based on the artist’s personal experiences of joy and sorrow. With an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where Liu is now based, she originally majored in photography, before experimenting with paintings, using a combination of water colours, inks, Gouache and gold leaf. Her paintings can be likened to Chinese landscape paintings, where each stroke and layer is deliberate and considered. Through her choice of subject matter, and her wide-ranging use of materials, Liu’s work is a careful balance of humour and macabre. For this exhibition at Galerie du Monde, Liu will be presenting an entirely new body of work to her first audience in Hong Kong.
Qi Yu(b. Xiamen, 1969) returns to Galerie du Monde following the success of Inkchronicity, a group exhibition at the gallery which took place in January 2015. Based in Beijing, Qi Yu has been working for a number of years on ceramic paintings, which are influenced by the heritage of porcelain and ink painting. Qi Yu has subsequently grown up surrounded by art form and traditional techniques, still sourcing the porcelain he uses in his own practice today.
In producing his contemporary ceramic paintings, technique lies not only in moulding and baking the ceramic, but cooling it in such a way that the surface cracks and the work is deliberately crumbled. The artist then pieces the fragments together on canvas before colouring them with ink and glazes. While this technique separates him from the context of traditional ceramics, his work remains a reflection on the heritage of tradition and the very nature of porcelain as a material. In addition to the new ceramic paintings, the artist will also create a number of ceramic sculptures that have been specially made for this exhibition.
About Crystal Liu
Crystal Liu (b. 1980, Toronto, Canada) majored in photography at Ontario College of Art & Design before completing an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, specializing in new genres. She is now based in San Francisco, where her practice has developed to use a number of different materials to create characterful and detailed paintings that draw inspiration from nature and the artist’s personal experiences.
Liu has enjoyed critical acclaim across Canada and the United States, with solo exhibitions including I always meant to love you (Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, 2015); Crystal Liu: with perplexity… (San Marco Gallery, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, 2015); don’t let me down (Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto, 2011); what sparkles… (Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, 2011) and Crystal Liu (Collectors Contemporary, Singapore, 2009).
Crystal Liu’s work is held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Progressive Art Foundation.
About Qi Yu
Qi Yu (b. Xiamen, China, 1969) graduated from the Decoration and Design department of the Central Academy of Art and Craft. He is the director of the Visual Design Department of the Fine Arts Institute of the Universtiy of Jimei, Director of the Art Museum of the Fragrant Hills and Vice Chairman of the Committee of the Ceramic Art of the Association of Artists of Fine Arts in Xiamen. He is currently working and residing in Beijing and Xiamen.
The creation of Qi Yu’s artwork reverts from ceramic art form to the characteristics of the porcelain itself. They are not only different from the context of traditional ceramics, but also different from the present generalization language of mixed media works. His artworks are a reflection of the heritage of tradition, and on the other hand, are also an expectation of self-transcendence.
About Galerie du Monde
Founded in Hong Kong in 1974, Galerie du Monde has been specializing in modern and contemporary works by internationally established Chinese artists for over 40 years. The gallery also nurtures and promotes emerging talent from Mainland China, presenting a varied programme of solo and group exhibitions with a strong focus on works of art on canvas, paper, sculpture and photography. To celebrate its 40th anniversary last year Galerie du Monde introduced The GDM Projects series to strengthen the gallery’s support to a wider group of artists from different nationalities, providing them the opportunity to exhibit outside of their own countries.
Panacee Zhao | Galerie du Monde
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