Opening: 4 PM, 14 September, 2019
Duration: 14 September – 10 November, 2019 (11:00-18:00, Monday Closed)
Location: ShanghART Beijing, 261 Cao Chang Di, Airport Side Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
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Opening on 14 September 2019, ShanghART Beijing is pleased to present Yan Bing’s inaugural exhibition with the gallery “At First the Weather Was Fine”. This will also be the first show bringing together Yan’s new paintings since his 2016 solo presentation at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum.
The exhibition title comes from a short story "The Student" by Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Not only the emotional connection between main characters that leads to new insights across time and space, but also the uncertain atmospheric conditions in the story, resonate with Yan’s ongoing practice—the artist perseveres in the long silence, seises opportunities right from the moment of their appearance and then renders the chosen objects more expansive, profound with his own imagination. As Yan Bing suggests, everything is both accidental and inevitable.
Known for depicting prosaic items of daily life and the rich, delicate tones, Yan's paintings convey response to his early life experience in a countryside of northwestern China. In this exhibition, whether the recent works that stand alone or a group of paintings focusing on mushrooms are steeped in Yan’s deep understanding of individual spirit and human survival. Objects that are deliberately magnified against the gloomy background, as well as subtle lines and texture, give the work itself a strong sense of ritual and portrait. Following the artist's gaze, viewers enter a familiar and yet strange field, while scattered personal memories and complicated emotions are illuminated in turn, evoking the enormous energy that has been hidden in the most inconspicuous corners for a long time.
About the Artist
Yan Bing was born in 1980 in Tianshui, Gansu Province, China and graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007, 3rd Studio of the Oil Painting Department. He lives and works in Beijing. Recent solo exhibitions include: YAN Bing, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); Love, Gallery Yang, Beijing (2015); My Labour II, Gallery Yang, Beijing (2013); Superfluous Things, No.5, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Farming Poems, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing (2012); My Labour, Gallery Yang, Beijing (2011); 51㎡14#, Taikang Space, Beijing (2010); Temperature - curated by Liu Xiaodong, UCCA, Beijing (2009). He also participated in numerous group exhibitions held by institutions including CAFA Museum, Beijing; Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing; Urban Arts Space, Ohio State University, U.S.A.; RH Contemporary Art, New York, U.S.A.; Xi'an Art Museum, Xi'an; Taikang Space, Beijing; Guanshanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen; and G • ART, Nanjing.
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