Hanart TZ Gallery holds an exhibition of Xu Longsen’s grandiose ink landscape paintings.
Xu Longsen is known for his powerful use of shanshui and his monumental landscapes that create awe-inspiring environments in architectural spaces.
Running until 30 November 2016, “Wind on the Mountain” (PDF download) presents a series of shanshui (ink and brush landscapes) paintings by Beijing-based Chinese ink master Xu Longsen (b. 1956, Shanghai).
The exhibition at Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong brings together large and smaller format paintings that represent Xu Longsen’s unique blend of traditional and contemporary aesthetics. The artist uses a special technique of brushwork to create landscapes that exude grandeur, mystery and the force of nature.
Xu also breaks the confines of studio space and practice to engage with architectural spaces, creating monumental works that bring the natural landscape inside our living environments. Xu expands the possibilities of traditional landscape painting and ink art, bringing the literati tradition into the contemporary sphere and transforming the exhibition space into a tradition-inspired ‘literati gathering’.
As Director of Hanart TZ Gallery Johnson Chang writes,
Monumental ink landscape (shanshui) paintings challenge the conceptual parameters of the modern exhibition hall, and force a consideration of alternative modes of display. In installing his monumental scrolls, Xu Longsen transforms the exhibition hall into a virtual literati garden, in which he replaces the environment of trees, flowers, and rockeries of the natural garden with the environment contained within his scrolls. This act of display within a garden by extension relates to the model of the literati gathering.
Xu Longsen has recently been experimenting with the concept of the semi-private exhibition as a contemporary mode of literati gathering. In a recent event in Beijing, he brought the different art forms that are part of the traditional literati gathering into his environment: not only painting and calligraphy, but also music, dance and chansons. The traditional role of the host in a literati gathering was in this instance replaced by the curator, and it was through the mutual interaction of the artist and the curator that both the audience and the artwork were energized. Within this approach lies the potential for the creation of a new mode of literati gathering for this era.
“Wind on the Mountain” by Xu Longsen runs from 24 October to 30 November 2016 at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong.
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