Wen Wu: Solo ExhibitionExhibition Dates
2015.4.28 Opening Reception 6-8pm
2015.4.29 – 2015.6.10
Leo Gallery 189 Queen’s Road West @ SoHo 189 Art Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
28.04.2015 – Leo Gallery will feature works by Gansu, China born artist, Wen Wu in its Hong Kong SoHo 189 Gallery space. This exhibition will be a solo show displaying Wen Wu’s newest collection of works. Wen Wu lived in Hainan Island before he moved to Germany for 20 years and studied at the Art Institute in Dusseldorf. During this time, he also held several international solo shows and was featured in many of Europe’s leading galleries and private collectors’ collections. Most recently he has had solo shows at Enlargement: 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy; Nanjing International Art Festival; Nanjing Museum, China; The 1st China Xinjiang International Arts Biennale Urumqi, China and Whitebox Art Centre, Beijing, China. Wen Wu became an active member in the Chinese contemporary art scene with an unprecedented painting technique; the images he created ultimately received extensive attention.
Having spent 20-years living and creating artwork in Germany, submerging himself in the country’s culture, history, language and environment, Wen Wu began to reflect on the history of painting and how to liberate the tradional compositions of the art form in a new and exciting way.
Wen Wu became fascinated with a food cutting machine he used daily in Germany, which propelled him to use a large cutting machine as the main tool in creating his master pieces. Wen Wu uses this machine to carve a thick layer of oil paint on canvas, in hopes to expose undefined lines that are normally hidden deep under the layers of colour he piles on canvas.
Wen Wu tries to simulate the creative processes of machine-made and man-made works of art. He creates work with a thick paint “cutter,” in the process of his creation, he works towards capturing the first distorted moment of a new picture when it is being sliced, where both time and the concept of destruction are questioned in one space. The thick layer of paint he slices into two, emphasizes a “destruction” and “creation” , “past” and “present” of an image. Wen Wu’s work opens up a new painting dimension and visual rhethoric. Leo Gallery for the first time will take Wen Wu’s unique paintings to Hong Kong.