Walls and Mirrors Art Exhibition
Nine artists (Petra Klingler/ Béatrice Riu-Haberlander/ Liang Quan/ Veerle Hildebrandt/ ZhangNi/ Tang Jiawang/ Carina Smits/ Zhang Qinu/ Huang Jia), who found themselves under the title of “Walls & Mirrors”, came together to show their different views on this topic. The title left a lot of room for interpretation and execution, through which the exhibition was created and is open to the public for the next 3 weeks.
Petra klingler presents her work “mirror, mirror on the wall”, which confronts the viewer with its inversion and decline on video. In the figurative sense, this piece shows the destruction of the mirror, representing the breakdown of the Self and the freeing of the Alter Ego. This work shows destruction not as a negative experience, but as an opportunity for a fresh start, perhaps for China too, in a similar way.
In Béatrice Riu-Haberlander’s Word Art “Wall Reflection”, the Great Wall of China serves as a screen for her thoughts. Each stone is symbolic of the human individual and the wall carries, like a shadow or a reflection, the Chinese character for human being = ren . The wall represents human life, which is in constant change, development, transformation, and on the way to a new beginning.
Carina Smits’ approach to the subject “Walls & Mirrors” leads us into the emotional and intellectual world of teenagers and confronts us with their fears and worries, wishes and hopes. The iconography of her pictures, constrained to the essentials, is simple and concise. Carina Smits won the first prize in the 2011 statewide competition entitled “Nature in Focus” in Bavaria, Germany, for the age group 15–18.
Veerle Hildebrandt’s contribution to this exhibit celebrates the game of life in China. Her colorful playing cards emerge as the protagonists, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, and present a work full of a humor with hidden meaning.
Liang Quan’s life and work is influenced by Zen Buddhism. He himself says: “When things disappear into non-existence, this is the status of Zen. Looking back at the last ten years of his work, his own paintings seemed unreal for him and so he has moved onto another stage of his life giving up the “careful fullness” for “emptiness”.
Tang Jiawang’s autobiographical ice-boot sculpture represents the experiences he shared with his father who passed away 2 years ago. This boot symbolizes a sign for his loss; it is an image and also a way for him to connect to his father.
The painter Zhang Ni and sculptor Zhang Qinu show us in alliance a series of portraits, faces mixed with mirrors. This piece is inspired by a story she recounts about the subway in Japan where so many people commit suicide.
The evening was well attended and enjoyed by all. After viewing the exhibit in the open and beautiful space of the Zai Gallery, guests were invited to a Wine Tasting, sponsored by Crushed Grapes (www.crushedgrapes.cn) and light appetizers sponsored by Atmosphere at the Peninsula. The ambiance encouraged people to spend several hours under the stars in a lovely, warm evening setting in Shekou.
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Photos by: William Lundahl