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Asia Art Center(Taipei) | 亞洲藝術中心
2017.05.27 Sat - 2017.07.01 Sat
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Dong Dawei’s Solo Exhibition “Visible Light”, A+ Contemporary, Taipei
[Press Release]

Visible Light 
Artist   Dong Dawei
Duration  May 27 – Jul 1, 2017
Reception  May 27 (Sat.) 4 pm
Organizer  A+ Contemporary
Venue  Asia Art Center Taipei II | No. 93, Lequn 2nd Rd. Taipei

Asia Art Center and A+ Contemporary are pleased to announce the opening of “Visible Light”, Dong Dawei’s solo exhibition, on May 27th, 2017 at Asia Art Center Taipei ll. The exhibition is on view through July 1st, 2017.

Colors as carrier of light are the pathway into inciting emotions and perceptions; as in our understanding of this world, colors are the intrinsic nature of light and thus the embodiment of “visible light”.

A crucial facet in understanding Dong Dawei’s work lies in his creative techniques through colors and logic. He ingeniously conflates colors, time and space thoroughly to let it cultivate and grow freely which allows his work to take on a unique appearance as the material and the immaterial (space-time) blend into one another. In this solo exhibition, Dong Dawei presents his two signature series – pastel and marker series – to discuss painting’s purity, unpredictability, and variations in repetition.

In his pastel series, Dong Dawei uses pastels to draw series of color blocks on different textured materials; the powders flutter and drift downward by gravity – the fallen dust find themselves suddenly intertwined with time and space, creating brilliant color spectrums on the surface. The artist’s meticulous arrangement is a deliberate attempt to stir up immediate response, making time freeze at the very moment when the pastel dusts are falling. The marker series began as a simple oversight – as an uncapped marker pen with its tip in contact with paper, the ink stain starts to grow and spread outwards as if a droplet plummeted into the calm water, causing ripples to radiate upon impact. Each of the ink stains bears the difficulty and predicament that the artist faced in the process; through temperature, humidity, time, strength and other organic factors, the ink stains seep deeper and deeper into the paper fibers under the artist’s meticulous control.

Dong Dawei’s work sheds light on the otherwise undetected details of the everyday, allowing the naturally fallen pastel dusts and ink stains to assume the leading role, seamlessly preserving the most instantaneous action eternally on the canvas; it abandons a representational narrative approach and instead opts for simple compositional elements such as point, line and plane to restore colors’ intrinsic nature as “visible light”. Through rhythmic and precise repetitions, Dong Dawei is able to manipulate a singular creative approach to its fullest potential, achieving the gentle and delicate qualities in the subtlest changes.


About Artist
Dong Dawei was born in 1981 in Dalian. Obtained in 2011 DNSEP with congratulations by the jury Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’art de Bourges; Graduated in 2004 from the Lu Xun Academy of Fines Arts with a BFA in Oil Painting, Dong Dawei currently lives and works in Beijing. His selected solo exhibitions include:Visible Light (organized by A+ Contemporary, Asia Art Center Taipei ll, Taipei, 2017) (Upcoming), Dust to Dust (Hadrien de Montferrand, Beijing, 2017), The Common Reader (Gallery Yang, Beijing, 2016), A Singular Point (Gallery Perrotin, Hong Kong, 2015), The Theory of Clouds (Space Station Gallery, Beijing, 2015). His selected group exhibitions include: Imaginary Frontiers (Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, 2017), New Capital-Huang Yu Collection Exhibition (Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, 2016), Ghost in Flash: After Photography (Taikang Space, Beijing, 2016), This Is Not Painting-Exploring the Boundary of Painting (Asia Art Center, Taipei, 2015), ∞Ω-Absolute Infinite Games (A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu, 2015), The 2nd CAFAM·Future Exhibition Observer-Creator: The Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2015), Jiang Han Star Project: CLIMAT (Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, 2014), Young Ink-The 8th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen (Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, 2013), AMNUA International Poetry Integration 2013 (AMNUA, Nanjing, 2013), See/Saw: Collective Pratice in China Now(Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012), The New Directions: Young Chinese Contemporary Artists (Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, 2012), Gichet Fermé (House of Culture Bourges, Bourges, France, 2011), In Vitraux #2 ( L’hospice St Roch Museum, Issoudin, France, 2011).