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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Artist talk Han Feng, Chinese Art Centre

I attended an artist’s talk Han Feng, at the  Chinese Art Centre which was organised in partnership with Contemporary Art Society
This is Feng’s first UK solo, he won the first John Moores  China Painting prize last year and Contemporary   Art Society organised an opportunity to learn about the artist’s work in person.
Feng was incredibly shy and softly spoken, almost timid; however his work resonates with a bold and bleak defiance.
The images are reduced to simple forms; the viewer is drawn in by the perspective into a sterile, grubby, suspended existence. Feng paints underground urban tunnels which lead on to unknown destinations. There is no sign of natural light as though the viewer will delve deeper into an unknown maze or just reach a dead end. The viewer is faced with the challenge: Continue moving forward until an exit appears or just turn back.

 Feng also plays with the notion of man’s aspiration, these towers appear endless however are made from fragile tracing paper which will eventually degrade.
This is a leather jacket for a bird; a bird is given the opportunity to become a consumer however will lose the ability to fly.

Feng’s work appears critical of the urban lifestyle, his work lacks hope, forcing the viewer to conjure their own or become lost within the urban jungle.

You can see more examples of his work at the Manchester contemporaries, (Buy Art Fair) which launches tomorrow 28 September 2012 and will only be showing over the weekend. If you want to invest in an artist work this is a great opportunity to gain some affordable art!


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  2. The artist is still looking for his style. And it seems not yet found.

    1. I woukd agree, his sculptures were very different to his paintings however; thematically they chime together very nicely. I felt he is an artist genuninely searching and trying to resolve how he perceives his surroundings. Thanks for the comment I love your photography :)

  3. I love it! Very, very nice! Composition, colors...