“Parallel Universe” Zhang Wen & Liu Shaodong Duo Exhibition
Curator: Zhang Linmiao
Translator: Luan Zhichao
Art+ Shanghai Gallery will present “Parallel Universe” Duo Exhibition of Zhang Wen & Liu Shaodong on February 19, 2023. The two artists were alumni of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and later became husband and wife. Over the years, they have each explored their own artistic creations, but there is a subtle similarity in their seemingly different works.
“Parallel Universe” will explore how a couple with individual creative identities share inspiration, ideas, and even techniques or perhaps how they are influenced by their significant other.
The resulting work, painting and sculpture examines the condition of collaborative practice, and the cross fertilization of ideas that may have crept into each other’s practice.
In Zhang Wen's works of ink on paper, one or a group of "children" are usually the protagonists. They travel freely in the artist's imaginative and surreal composition, sometimes they stand quietly sometimes they fly enthusiastically, symbolizing the purity and sincerity in the human nature.
Liu Shaodong, who is engaged in sculpture has chosen animals that are common in daily life as the subject of his creation in recent years, Through the observation and expression of animals, he has gradually constructed a unique perspective on human society. Whether it is a child or an animal, perhaps more precisely a " romantic being", the protagonist of the two artists always maintains a certain distance from the highly socialized real world, but it is this distance that also provides us with a way to observe the real world with new possibilities.
Childhood Universe, a subject of universal significance and personal experience, provides an ideal framework for the works of Liu Shaodong & Zhang Wen.