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The Temple House Presents “Xiong Yu:White Rider” Exhibition

(Chengdu, September 2016) –A Thousand Plateaus Art Space at The Temple House is honored to open Xiong solo exhibition of artist Xiong Yu and presents his most recent paintings, as well as some of his past representative prints.

From the paintings of Xiong Yu, we can find many characteristics of the generation born in mid-1970s, such the collision between the individual experience and the cultural feeling, the combination of the expression and the concept and so on; Except for the difference that he employed not only these unfeeling and poetic figures and images to build a special atmosphere of the stage-scene, but also some elegant visual symbols to stimulate us to think more deeper about the growth and current living situation in a symbolic or metaphorical manner.

His paintings have always used representations in a large-eyed cartoon style to show both the childlike purity and imagination of his inner world and the joy, sadness and confusion that he has faced as an adult. In this new group of works, He used the flatting space and image processing technique to show the darkness and the deepness of “jungles”, as well as the miracle happened there. Jungle symbolizes both the intricate life and the life experience, while some figures and stories derive from the artists’ inner thoughts.

Xiong Yu said: “The figure, in a sense, is a worship to cherish a distant emotion which is disappeared even vanished. People’s momentary expressions are locked in a scene, which seems like they are doing the farewell. In the figure painting, what construct this farewell is the gloomy and indescribable beauty on these figures’ faces. There is no doubting that the images of figures include some emotion, no matter for the images of video, or those of painting, we can feel something inexplicable from people’s emotions……We would realize the existence of something from the image described by the method of painting, this is not merely a function of art, but also its meaning of existence”.

Xiong Yu was born in 1975 in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province. In 1995, he was graduated from the Affiliated High School of Sichuan Academy of Fine arts. In 1999, he was graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts with a bachelor degree. In 2002, he received Master’s degree from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts. He is now associate professor in Art College of Sichuan University and director of Museum of Sichuan University. His works have been collected by many public art institutions and collectors, including Museu De Arte De Sao Paulo (MASP), Shenzhen Art Museum, HeXiangning Art Museum and Wuhan Art Museum.

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