“Different Expressions,” a solo exhibition of works by Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing provides an insight into contemporary China – where the absurd meets reality.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ausin Tung Gallery in Australia.
From Wednesday 21 September 2011 to Saturday 22 October 2011

Published by anonymous on Thursday 13 October 2011.
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Ji Wenyu and Zhu Weibing are a dynamic husband and wife team who consider art as an exploration: where contemporary consciousness, a respect for life and reflection upon humanity are sought.

The duo’s paintings and soft sculptures depict every day life along with a sense of universality. By recording fragments of reality, they portray a sarcastic and humorous way of expression which poses questions about and casts light upon our lives under the cover of absurdity.

In their soft sculptures, the artists comment on consumerism and social aspirations in post-Cultural Revolution China. The nature of textile gives their art a sense of flexibility and variability, where the ‘softness’ can dampen harsh reality, almost acting as a comfort as well as touching on the ridiculous and humorous.

In Ji Wenyu’s emblematic paintings, communist propaganda is merged with western brand name products and logos. The somewhat kitsch images are decontextualized touching on humor but of course the more serious global phenomenon of consumerism. The works refer to radically changing China, where the occidental and oriental are combined and contrasted.

Statement by Gallery Director Megan Leckie:

Ausin Tung Gallery is intent on promoting Contemporary Asian and Australian Art on an international scale and it is with great pleasure that I present Ji Wenyu and Zhu Weibing’s multidisciplinary work to the Australian art community.

Having lived and worked in the bustling city of Shanghai for over four years, I became very familiar with the works of the artists Ji Wenyu and Zhu Weibing. Their unique direction portrays everyday reality and the issues concerning present day China where Eastern culture is constantly faced with Western culture. With China very much in the economic spotlight, I think it is important to show the creativity of such a vast nation where art is very much connected with social reality. The ‘opening up’ policy that began in China in the late 1970s, has created a society that is both complex and diverse and has ultimately given artists access to new inspiration and resources. Ji Wenyu and Zhu Weibing embody this development, creating works that are culturally open, sincere in their simplicity and penetratingly evocative.