SINNBILDER DER CHINESISCHEN KULTUR
Orchidee, oil on canvas, 150 x 120 cm
OPENING EVENT: Wednesday, March 1, 2018, 7:00pm
In the presence of the artist.
DURATION OF THE EXHIBITION: March 2 – March 14, 2018
Sinnbilder der chinesischen Kunst – this is the auspicious title of Meizi Wang’s first solo show at FIVE PLUS Art Gallery . Well thought-out, she mixes painting, collage und calligraphy and creates works in coordinated color compositions.
In her works she explores on the central principles of Chinese culture, indirect communication. Symbols for persons of objects often resemble them in form and shape or share certain characteristics with them. They often represent meaning that convey the desire for the good things in life. The Lotus, Symbol of purity, faithfulness, creativity and enlightenment. The bamboo stands for integrity, steadfastness and modesty. The chrysanthemum and plum blossom are symbols of renewal and a long life. Through her art she wants to create a cultural exchange between Austria and China.
Meizi Wang was born in 1968 in Jiangsu China. She completed her studie at the Nanjing Teaching University in China (Bachelor of Arts), and lives and works in Vienna. She regularly holds workshops in her “Showroom22” studion on painting, calligraphy, tea ceremony and Chinese language. Since 2017 she is a member of the IG Bildende Kunst in Österreich.
HERE I AM
Water. Sky. Red., diptych, mixed media on canvas, 120 x 80 cm x2
OPENING EVENT: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30pm
In the presence of the artist.
DURATION OF THE EXHIBITION: February 16 – February 28, 2018
The older I become, the closer I get to myself. The unnecessary shells are shed. The opinions of others aren’t that important anymore. My essence.. it is still hiding somewhere inside, but it’s not covered in the mess that is common norms and social standards, skewed looks and current trends. What was important is coming back. The significance of a beloved one’s smile. The ability to keep silent, when you don’t want to talk. The bravery to speak out, when someone’s act upsets you. The chance to leave, if you feel the need to be alone. We were all like this at the beginning. During childhood.
Then why are we so perplexed by the attention we give to information that we in reality do not need? The herd instinct and consumerist cravings make us do absurd things. They force us to judge. To rate. To take on someone else’s mask. To forget about ourselves. To try to be like everybody else. And suddenly at some point, sadness arrives. It’s like a breath form the depths within. The Earth is struggling with pain and hardship. We overheated her. We broke her up. She’s sliced up and cut open. Yet we want more. And more. So that it’s cooler what than what the others have. So that there’s a lot of it. We want that, what we don’t actually need. What for? To be like everybody else! What does it bring to you personally? The confidence in having everything correct. But what is “correct”? What everybody else does and has! Following the viscous cycle we run around like crazy rabbits on paramedics. There’s no time to think about how someone somewhere is waiting for you. Wanting to hear your voice. Run through your unruly hair with their hand. Look into your murky eyes, tired from all that nonsense rush. It’s the wiser the greater, who are waiting. Children and the elderly. Those who still haven’t taken on, or have already disposed of, the extra weight. What is left is an inhale. A heavy and bitter, like love, inhale. Leyla Mahat
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