Chasing the Wind and Shadows - Hua Xiyu
Amanda Wei Gallery is proud to present you <Chasing the Wind and Shadows>, the first solo exhibition by female artist Hua Xiyu, an artist from the post-80s generation. The exhibition will include Hua’s selected artworks from 2017 to 2019.
Hua Xiyu’s paintings slowly project dazzling light to the world, creating a peaceful and stable visual effect, yet meanwhile, subtly point out that those scenes are illusions only. In this exhibition <Chasing the Wind and Shadows>, most of the images come from the scenery of Hua’s hometown, Lijiang in Yunnan Province - the south of colorful clouds with picturesque seasons, soft and delicate. These images of memories are like a protective layer to the artist living in Beijing, resisting negative feelings brought by the busy and rough environment.
In terms of the language of the paintings, Hua punctures the construction of imaginations, that is, through the media of painting, paintings are restored as “photos” – a medium different from classical painting. Those intentionally left shapes and lines, as well as the saturated and pure colors, all highlight her “impressionistic” approach when she captured the fleeting light, neat as the feeling of pressing the shutter. At the same time, she realized that the sketching object she was facing was no longer a natural state, but a plane simulated by electronic media in the chip. Therefore, she allocated the composition, exaggerating the dull parts of the plane that came from the digital products, to make the picture sharp and decisive.
In some other works, the color blocks are first painted subconsciously and the artist looks for Déjà vu in the photos she collected. Her “discovery”, however, is not based only on coincidence, but on the rhythmic resonance between the two. In other words, whether it is Lijiang or Beijing, memory or reality, photography or color blocks, Hua’s painting always revolves around its own unique and clear rhythm.
The exhibition will be open on 17 May to the public, we are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Exhibition: Chasing the Wind and Shadows – Hua Xiyu
Location: Shop B, G/F, 19-27 Wyndham St., Wilson House, Central, HK
Opening: 17 May 2019, 5 pm - 7 pm
Public Exhibition Period: 17 May to 28 June 2019