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Liu Jing: Jing, Jing & Jing
date: February 14, 2014
location: Grolmannstraße 16/16A, Berlin, Germany
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The exhibition Jing, Jing & Jing (静 净 境) focused on the contemporary Chinese ink painting, a technique that has been very important for the past thousands years. Liu Jing’s work is based on tradition (she paints with ink) but she inserts contemporary subject matter into her large format works. Traditional techniques have had thousand years of development and one could almost describe them as their own schools of philosophy. Liu Jing connects these schools and uses what she finds useful from each of them. In practice we talk about the post-modern approach where the author seeks new ways, new positions and new social possibilities
In particular Liu Jing works with the fusion of techniques Gongbi (工笔) and Xieyi (写意). Gongbi is defined by attention to detail and by realistic representation as opposed Xieyi which is a spontaneous energetic way of painting. Of course, as with every philosophical school, painting has many interpretations. At the moment when we adjoin both of these techniques, entirely new questions and possibilities for describing the world arise. Unexplored connections will prompt a new set of questions and answers. From my subjective position I see parallels to the social reaction with the contemporary globalized world where the ways of thinking and theory connect, allowing for the emergence of new forms, new gatherings and new theoretical schools which aim to describe the world as a whole.
In Western society, the title Jing, Jing & Jing usually has one meaning and it is generally understood with the emphasis on that meaning. However in China the term has three different meanings. The first character Jing is the name of the artist, which means silent, calm, peaceful, the second term Jing meaning clean and tidy, which may refer to the clean aesthetics of the paintings, and the last meaning of the word Jing, environment, surroundings, social settings which can be interpreted as a historical and artistic context. The title of the show and the exhibited painting underline a multiplicity of meanings and interconnectedness of the contemporary world.
Liu Jing, 1976 was born in Beijing, studied at the Beijing Normal University and graduated at the Chinese Academy of Art, Beijing. Liu Jing is member of the advisory board of for Chinese Calligraphy and Seal Engravers at the Youth Federation of the Ministry of Culture; member of Beijing Seal Engravers Society and she is vice-chairman of the Times Art Museum in Beijing. Her first solo exhibition was at Anshan Hall of Prince Gong’s Mansion, Beijing.
– Frantisek Zachoval
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Liu Jing: Jing, Jing & Jing