Artist: Zhao Gang
Exhibition Dates: February 16 – March 17, 2017
Exhibition Venue: 19th Floor, 18 On Lan St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm.
Presenting a combination of Zhao Gang’s most recent work and work from the mid-nineties, this exhibition is an excerpt of Gang’s ever-expanding practice. When related to the larger arc from which it is taken, both this excerpt and his body of work evade characterization. In part and on the whole, Zhao’s practice refuses to be defined by a historical style, linear trajectory, or any other thematic narrative. His works’ images and ideas span the gamut of wild eroticism to deconstructed landscapes, and they make references to ancient and modern art history alike. For Gang, the act of painting itself can not be essentialized. It involves breaking down his own knowledge of painting and pursuing any and all possible directions away from the work itself. The end result does not meet him face-to-face, but instead becomes that which he has turned his back upon. This will be Zhao Gang’s first exhibition with Tang Contemporary Art.
ABOUT TANG CONTEMPORARY ART
Tang Contemporary Art was established in 1997 in Bangkok, later establishing galleries in Beijing and most recently Hong Kong. The gallery is fully committed to producing critical projects and exhibitions to promote Contemporary Chinese art regionally and worldwide, and encourage a dynamic exchange between Chinese artists and those abroad.
Acting as one of the most progressive and critically driven exhibition spaces in China, the gallery strives to initiate dialogue between artists, curators, collectors and institutions working both locally and internationally. A roster of groundbreaking exhibitions has earned them international recognition, establishing their status as a pioneer of the contemporary art scene in Asia.
Tang Contemporary Art represents leading figures in Chinese art including Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Shen Yuan, Wang Du, Liu Xiaodong, Yang Jiechang, Xia Xiaowan, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Yan Lei, Wang Yin, Guo Wei, Zheng Guogu, Michael Lin, Lin Yilin, He An, Zhao Zhao, Wang Yuyang, Weng Fen, Yang Yong, XuHualing, Xu Qu, XU Xiaoguo, Ji Zhou, Cai Lei, Ling Jian and Chen Wenbo, additionally collaborating with international artists such as Rirkrit Tiravanija, Navin Rawanchaikul, Sakarin Krue-on and Prasert Yodkaew.