ART LEXING

7520 NE 4th Ct Suite 106

Miami, FL 33138

Opening reception: Monday, May 19th, 2016 6 – 10pm

General Admission: Monday to Saturday 11am – 6pm through June 20th, 2016

 

For further information, press enquiries, images or interview requests, please contact:

Lexing Zhang – Gallery director/ ART LEXÏNG 

lexing@artlexing.com / 001 305 299 9732 / www.artlexing.com

 

 

ART LEXÏNG presents an art and design installation “Ceci n’est pas une peinture (This is not

a painting)” from May 9, 2016 to June 20, 2016, coinciding with the 2nd edition of

Maison & Object in Miami

The great Italian Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellii considered painting to be a lie, and the best painters, consequently, to be the biggest liars of all. The ancient Greeks were familiar with the idea of the interplay between objectivity and artifice, reality and fiction, original and copy. For them, optical illusion was an important quality in art. This was an apparent very early, during a competition between the two paints Parrhasios and Zeuxis. Both had set themselves the goal of making their images so naturalistic that they could no longer be distinguished from the real things. Then comes the playful and intellectual “Trompe L’oeil (deceive the eyes in French)” – the artistic ability to depict an object so exactly as to make it appear real. A heightened form of illusionism the art of trompe l’oeil flourished from the Renaissance onward. The discovery of perspective in fifteenth-century Italy and advancements in the science of optics in the seventeenth-century Netherlands enabled artists to render objects and spaces with eye fooling exactitude. Both witty and serious, trompe l’oeil is a game artist play with spectators to raise question about the nature of art and perception. 

 

ART LEXÏNG is pleased to present an art and design installation “Ceci n’est pas une peinture (This is not a painting), a title lifted from the celebrated Belgian surrealist painter Rene Margritte’s The Treachery of Images Ceci n’est pas une pipe. The exhibition includes selected works from contemporary Chinese artists Zheng Jiang, Ye Hongxing and Quentin Shih, Japanese design duo YOY and fashion house Maison Margiela,  all of whom collectively challenge the so-called “reality” or “authenticity” of images and embrace the confusion, the mystery, and the wonder of imagined or fabricated vision.

 

Glass or painting?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zheng Jiang uses the revered medium of tempera paint, employed by muralists and artists throughout much of Western Europe from the 12th century onward in their sacred pictures, to capture intricately moulded walls, façades, and architectural spaces. The light sources of Jiang’s works culminate at an intensely bright point, initiating a contrast of color and saturation values now seemingly only relegated to filters and adjustments made on a mobile phone or computer. Jiang reworks contemporary paintings into classical tropes, where unspeakable sensation and a kind of reverie is induced by looking, and nothing more. No conceptual hooks, no trace of digital manipulation: Jiang reminds his viewers that painting continues to communicate the most necessary, the most basic of human instincts in mimicking the surrounding world on

a secondary plane.

 

Zheng Jiang was born in Zhenjiang, China in 1980. He received his BA from the Third Workshop (Oil Painting department) of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 2007 and his MA three years later. Selected group exhibitions include the 2012 Liverpool Biennial, the John Moore Painting Prize (China) nominees and winners (Shanghai), and a special selection of the John Moore Painting Prize winners at the Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool). His work has also been shown at exhibitions held at the He Xiangnhing Art Museum (Shenzhen), the Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai), the Times Art Museum (Beijing), and the Jin Shang Museum (Tai Yuan, China)

 

 

Thangka made of smiley faces and hello kitty?

 

Hongxing’s central work will be part of an ongoing series in which she addresses the Tibetan mandala (translation: ‘circle’). The ancient, concentric Sanskrit symbol was traditionally used as a spiritual teaching tool, where it would channel one’s focus and concentration onto a single, complex object producing a singular, simple form of meditation. A disruption occurs between modern materiality and the sacred ideology which the mandala, itself, represents; Hongxing forces these tiny symbols of excessive consumerism into a model of divine symmetry, harmony, and reflection. At its terminus, the completed Mandala (viewed from a distance), resembles a brightly-painted canvas, exacting bewilderment from the eye and the mind, alike. In addition to her mandala, Hongxing presents a sincerely uncomplicated sculpture embodying simplicity and peace in a highly traditional, sacred format in the history of Western art: white marble. In the folds of a plush pillow sleeps the figure of Eeyore, the melancholy donkey from A.A. Milne’s beloved children’s adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin. This is a tender, light tribute to an endearing creature at rest, where all of his cares and frets are sealed away into the shiny white stone. Just as Edward Onslow Ford’s heroic 1893 sculpture of the body of Percy Bysshe Shelley (known as the Shelley Memorial at University College, Oxford) seems to gently hold the dead man, bathed in protective light, Hongxing’s sculpture enshrines a troubled little English thinker, saving him through the power of sleep.

 

Ye Hongxing was born in Guangxi in 1972. She graduated from the Educational Academy in Guilin (Guangxi) and from the Printing Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) with Masters degree in 1998. Hongxing’s work was selected by the Curator of the Asian Art Museum in California and the Director of Art Cologne as one of China’s top 20 young emerging artists in the Chinese Art Prize 2006. Hongxing was featured at ART ASIA during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 with ART LEXÏNG and presented her first solo exhibition Modern Utopia at SCREAM Gallery, London. Hongxing presented Kaleidoscope: a solo exhibition created in collaboration with couturier Christian Louboutin at a dedicated pop-up space in Central Hong Kong during the inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong in 2013. The exhibition attracted editorial coverage from international outlets including ARTINFO and Condé Nast Traveler. She has participated in group exhibitions at venues in Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., Aspen, Miami and Amsterdam. Hongxing lives and works in Beijing.

Ye Hongxing (Chinese, 1972)

Mandala No.19

2014

Crystal sticker collage on canvas

150 x 150 cm

Drawing or photograph?

 

Two of Quentin Shih’s best known series, “Stranger in a Glass Box” (2008) and “Shanghai Dreamers” (2010) were commissioned by the famous French fashion house of Dior. In “Shanghai Dreamers” figures are arranged in rows for a formal group portrait.  They are all the same and in uniform, which suggests the conformity and regimentation of pre-reform China. With one exception.  In each there is one tall woman dressed in haute couture, a stark contrast to the others. Shih is using art direction and staging to create his own grand narratives.

 

“My inspiration came from a certain Chinese style of group photography but these ceremonial photographs mark a departure from a certain historical period and herald the future. I created some typical Chinese groupings; they replicate themselves, wearing plastic clothes. They stand on display in vast spaces or upon a stage – because they were, and still are dreamers. As China enters a new era, they begin to stand together upon a world stage, self-conscious and yet filled with power.” – Quentin Shih 2010

Quentin Shih (Chinese, 1975)

Shanghai Dreamers

2010

C-print

112 x 112 cm

Design

 

YOY is a Tokyo based design studio composed by Naoki Ono, a spatial designer, and Yuki Yamamoto, a product designer. Founded in 2011, their design theme is to create a new story between space and objects.

Exhibition at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan
Invited Exhibition at Design Stage in Singapore
Invited Exhibition at Ambiente Talents in Frankfurt

2015

 

Awarded Young Japanese Design Talent at EDIDA
Invited exhibition at Tokyo Designers Week
Awarded First prize at SDA Award 2014
Awarded Merit Recognition at Design For Asia Award 2014
Awarded Special Mention at Design Report Award 2014
Awarded Special Mention at Salone Satellite Award 2014
Exhibition at Salone Satellite in Milan

2014

 

 Canvas

A canvas shaped chair with a drawing of a chair. It can be used by leaning against a wall. A frame made of wood and aluminum is covered by an elastic fabric printed with texture of a canvas and a drawing of chair. There are 3 types of size, a stool, an armchair and a sofa.
 

Category : Chair
Material : Wood, Aluminum, Elastic fabric

Dimensions :

Stool H1200 W800 D40 mm

Armchair H1500 W1100 D40 mm

Sofa H1300 W1900 D40 mm

Year : 2013

 Blow

A wall shelf that looks like a paper blowing up in the wind. It is formed by bending A4 size thin steel plates with molds. There are 5 types of shape and they can be used both upside and downside. It can be fixed to the wall with a hook.

Category : Wall shelf
Material : Steel
Dimensions : H210 W300 D20 mm
Year : 2012
Produced by Pianoprimo and available in the US at Luminaire
*3 types of shape are produced.

 Light

 A series of a table lamp and a floor lamp. When switched on, a shade of light will appear on the wall. There is a LED inside the head of the pole which imitates a socket.
 

Category : Wall shelf
Material : Steel
Dimensions : H210 W300 D20 mm
Year : 2012
Produced by Pianoprimo and available in the US at Luminaire
*3 types of shape are produced.

Fashion

Maison  Margiela 

Maison  Margiela is regularly cited as the fashion industry’s greatest enigma.

Margiela plays with trompe-l’oeil prints, absurd constructions and unexpected materials. Between beauty and humor, it never ceases to amaze its audience with its original and artistic approach. 

 

“Trompe-l’œil” door

Line 13 - Maison Margiela

A “typically haussmannian” door is printed life size on adhesive fabric that can be repositioned several times. Dimensions: 225cm x 120cm. Made in France

 

 

EDITORS NOTES

 

About ART LEXÏNG

ART LEXÏNG is located in the burgeoning design community Miami Ironside, in the historical Upper Eastside neighborhood. Since its founding at the end of 2010, ART LEXING has quickly established itself at the forefront of contemporary Chinese art through the vision and direction of Lexing Zhang. In her role as owner and director, Lexing is responsible for editing the ART LEXING’s innovative gallery programming and developing partnerships with institutions galleries throughout the United States and Europe. ART LEXÏNG is committed to promoting museum-quality works from emerging artists, each with truly original and challenging perspectives filtered through photography, sculpture and traditional two-dimensional media. The gallery is proud to represent young artists with sophisticated, international backgrounds and diverse sources of aesthetic dialogue.

 

 

About YOY

YOY is a Tokyo based design studio composed by Naoki Ono, a spatial designer, and Yuki Yamamoto, a product designer. Founded in 2011, their design theme is to create a new story between space and objects.YOY has been awarded Young Japanese Design Talent at EDIDA, First prize at SDA Award 2014, Merit Recognition at Design For Asia Award 2014.

 

 

About Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela is a fashion house founded in Paris in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela. Iconoclast and irreverent, the Maison presents Haute Couture, women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, its contemporary line MM6, accessories, fine jewellery, fragrances and interior design. In 2014, John Galliano took over the creative direction of the Maison. Mysterious and unconventional, a radical core intertwined with a non-standard elegance, Maison Margiela remains classic yet visionary, daring yet ambiguous.

 

 

About Maison Margiela Line 13

Line 13:  Besides the conception of its collections, the unique identity of the Maison has been clearly recognizable in its various spaces – from showrooms to shops - with signature elements such as the use of whites, cotton fabrics, ‘trompe l’œil’, mix of styles and époque, and hints of humor creating a distinctive atmosphere. Line 13 – objects & publications – was introduced in 1999 with a selection of home objects.