Conceptual photography plays a most important role in the contemporary
art scene, easy to portray intellectual and artistic ideas;
a lot of contemporary Chinese artists love to use this medium
to extend their belief. Images can so easily be exposed in photography,
aiding the artist to criticize society and impart characterizations
of reality in their own past life experiences, playing with
philosophy and points of view. Topics may range from revolutionary
idealist issues to the sobering realities of day to day living.
All presented in the raw un-rendered true to life form; photography.
There are no lies in photographs.
Internationally recognized artists, Hai Bo and Song Dong, Zhuang
Hui introduce to you photographs and video installation for
sharing and pushing forward questions that invoke discussion
of the likes you've never seen. Avoiding these topics are not
possible when dealing with these creative works.
Hai Bo's simplistic and compact pieces of art take place on
the border between art and life, trying to recapture past days,
perhaps a glimpse of time. Hai Bo’s photographs the same group
more than once in a lifetime. Hai's art has a long shelf life
before completion, like a fine wine, by photographing a group
of people then placing the portrait on hold for ten or twenty
years, he again adds another segment to the work of art by retaking
the equivalent photo again in present time. Skill, thought and
aesthetic charisma does not factor; it's the raw photo that
matters. Hai Bo was nominated and participated in the 49th
Dong started using installations, video, photography and other
mediums to share his artistic talents with others since the
early 90's. His combination of the environment is evident and
not limited to one look. Eastern colors and a feeling of Zen
encapsulate most of his pieces. Song Dong also has an element
of theater in his work, not evident at first sight. The feeling
that there is certainly something good residing within him becomes
clearer with each presented piece. It’s a Zen thing.
Zhuang Hui's work always includes people in groups, standing
or sitting, sometimes as many as three hundred and fifty. The
works always stand up asking the same two questions, "What's
the picture topic?!" and "Who is the main individual?!”.
A civil society’s institutional framework is a précis to the series.
Zhuang Hui also becomes one with his art, not only does he create
the piece but he is always a figure within as well. Interpretations
Beatus, with galleries in Vancouver, Canada and Hong Kong, showcasing
international arts with a focus on contemporary Chinese art.
The Vancouver Art Beatus Gallery is on the upper plaza at 888