Jin Junjie: Small Paintings 2012 - 2018
Presented by ART LEXÏNG
March 14 - April 2, 2019
March 14, from 6pm to 9pm
7520 NE 4TH CT SUITE 106, Miami, FL 33138
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
ART LEXÏNG is excited to present the work of one of the most distinguished voices in China’s dynamic contemporary art scene. Jin Junjie, considered the most promising young abstract painter of his generation, creates three-dimensional canvasses with colorful reliefs. The collection of compact canvasses, aptly titled Small Paintings(2012-2018), present a highly labored process. Junjie works by carefully layering different colors atop each other, waiting for each to dry before applying the next. He then skillfully carves into the surface, creating an assemblage of negative spaces. The result is a mixture of hues and shapes that reflect the artist’s inward journey rather than a mirror of his surroundings. The show not only marks Junjie’s first show outside China, but represents the growing consciousness of a new generation of Chinese artists that are looking to distinguish their work by breaking with convention.
“The young artists in China are departing from the older generation of painters concerned with politics and pop,” explains ART LEXÏNG Founder and Director Lexïng Zhang. “While their work remains popular in the West, Junjie’s paintings looks more into himself than to the world around him.”
The introspective exhibition is imbued with a sense of mediative calm punctuated by effervescent jolts of color. These indentations destroy the stability of the surface leading to unexpected results for both viewer and artist. The act of painting then becomes active experimentation with a flair of childlike whimsy. Though relatively small, some canvasses are stuffed with rich embellishments that have a rhythm all their own. The oval indentations Junjie creates seem to be suffused with meaning and taken together they amount to a visual language of the artist’s own making. It’s a style that he refined in a young career marked by solo and group exhibitions at museums, art fairs, and galleries around China.
About Jin Junjie
Born in Hunan, China, Junjie studied painting at the prestigious Arts Institution of Tianjin. His young career was marked by periods of intermittent production, exhibiting work at Shandong Art Museum, Guangxi Art Museum, Dong Wu Shi Exhibition Hall, and others. He currently splits his time between Nanning and Shenzhen.
About ART LEXÏNG
ART LEXÏNG is an international agency that strives to create platforms for young and emerging creative talent to display their work to new audiences. With bases in Shanghai, Paris, London, Mexico City and Miami, ART LEXÏNG straddles over three continents, forming a new cultural nexus. Founded in Miami, FL, in 2010 by Lexïng Zhang as a traditional brick-and-mortar gallery space, ART LEXÏNG spearheaded the introduction of young voices from China and Europe to the city’s burgeoning
art world. Currently based out of Mexico City’s historic Roma Norte neighborhood, ART LEXÏNG actively curates and
produces exhibitions, activations, installations, and events across the globe.
Pebble studies No.32
22 x 24 in.
Acrylic on canvas