Dream & Reality
Jan. 2007 - Jonathan has curated a new exhibition of work by 2 young Chinese artists at TCG Nordica Gallery in Kunming, China.
Here is an extract from the speech he gave at the exhibition opening.
'Bao Fusheng and Li Fan's work deal with the issues of dream and reality but they do this is very different ways.
Bao Fusheng struggles with the reality of modern day China, with it's empty pursuit of materialism and suffocating desires for more of everything. His work is a dramatic statement that China needs to listen to if it is the avoid the fast approaching dangers. The figures you see and struggling for breath, they are struggling for life. In fact it is a very simple thing to break free from this struggle as even the smallest hole made in the plastic will allow the air to rush in and life to return.
Li Fan on the the other hand, is reaching back and contemplating the past. The history of China is rich and long and strength comes to this nation when it doesn't forget that today is just another step on the long journey. However history can teach us some surprising lessons and we should be prepared to learn new things which are inspired and connected to the old.
Li Fan paints in a careful and sensitive way, just look at the delicate brush strokes he uses. These speak of great respect and honour to what has gone before but he doesn't end in unreality, he is able to dream and connect that dream with a modern reality.
Although we have broken all the rules in hanging Bao Fusheng's paintings in this way, we hope that it simply enhances his work. Bao Fusheng paints in bold stokes. His paintings shout like an ancient prophet, warning of the future. The pressure is cleverly captured and it seems that his hope is the the bad dream, the nightmare, will not become reality.'