Yellow Signal: New Media in China

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

April 19, 2012 14:19 ET

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is Pleased to Present Yellow Signal: New Media in China, Featuring Huang Ran, Geng Jianyi and Zhang Peili

The exhibition, featuring installations of emerging and some of the most important contemporary Asian artists, is part of 'Yellow Signal: New Media in China', a city-wide exhibition series.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2012) - The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present the installation masterpieces of acclaimed contemporary artists Geng Jianyi, Huang Ran, and Zhang Peili as part of the city-wide project, Yellow Signal: New Media in China. Initiated by Centre A, this series of exhibitions and programs is the first comprehensive presentation of contemporary Chinese new media and video art in Canada. The project is compelling for its portrayal of current political circumstances faced by many artists in China.

Huang Ran (b. 1982) is one prominent artist featured in this exhibition at the Belkin Art Gallery. His video titled Blithe Tragedy (2010) is a work that questions the relationship between beauty and horror and the power of images. The video presents scenes of intense struggle, emotion, and violence. At the same time, the attention to detail in the footage creates highly aesthetic imagery. It prompts the viewer to wonder about the underlying realities of the scenes and of contemporary society. He has become one of the most interesting young artists to emerge in China. He graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2007 and has participated in many international group and solo exhibitions. In 2011, Huang received the Credit Suisse Today Art Award from the Today Art Museum in Beijing.

Installed at the Belkin Art Gallery and at Walter C. Koerner Library, Geng Jianyi's Excessive Transition (2008) is a series of large and small black-and-white photographs of everyday objects from the artist's daily life. Geng uses techniques to create semi-transparent, abstract, and eerie subtle effects that have been equated with ideas about the withdrawal of the individual from society. Geng Jianyi (b. 1962) is a foundational figure in contemporary Chinese art and was part of the artistic collective known as Chi She (Pool Association) and a major participant in the '85 New Wave Movement. Using a wide range of media, his work is often known for its stark simplicity and concerns about personal identity and individuality.

At the Belkin Art Gallery is Zhang Peili's large-scale, multimedia installation A Gust of Wind (2008), a meditation on the unpredictable forces that threaten ideas about stable, middle-class domestic life. It shows scenes of destruction from multiple perspectives on large video screens. Considered the most important video artist in China, Zhang Peili (b. 1957) was a member of the '85 New Wave Movement. He is known for the use of lengthy stationary shots that focus on mundane acts and repetitive human gestures that are often taken for granted. Recently, Zhang's interest has been to reveal the absurdity of war and propaganda by editing found footage of dying communist heroes.

Exhibition Details:

Venue: The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC

Event: Artist's talk by Zhang Peili with Curator Zheng Shengtian

Timing: Saturday, April 28, 1:30 pm - 3 pm

Exhibition: April 26 - August 19, 2012

About The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is recognized for its international exhibitions, publications and programs in the field of contemporary art. As part of the University of British Columbia, it is involved in research and in the development of contemporary approaches to the practice of art history and criticism. Since 1995, the Gallery has developed a program of collecting significant works by Canadian and international artists and is the recipient of numerous annual donations of artwork. The collection contains more than 2,500 objects, making it the third largest public art collection in the province. Works from the collection are showcased in annual exhibitions at the Belkin Art Gallery, and are regularly loaned to major institutions and smaller centres for exhibition nationally and internationally.

About Yellow Signal: New Media in China

The project will run from March 2012 - September 2012 in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Surrey Art Gallery, Pacific Cinémathèque, Republic Gallery, and the Charles H. Scott Gallery at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. The city-wide exhibition series showcases a selection of leading new media works by twelve internationally acclaimed Chinese artists.

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