Chen Ping

New Tales of Magic

29 March — 13 April 2017

Born 1962
Lives and works Hobart

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

New Tales of Magic is an enigmatic and powerful philosophical discourse about our existence in a world of constant change. Artist Chen Ping abstracts themes of time and place that have become constant powerful markers in the artist’s contemporary methodology. Ping works in viscous oil paint developed from his knowledge and practice in traditional Chinese ink painting. His dynamic technique morphs different ideas and historical themes, creating a new mythology.

At the forefront is a contemporary vision of an ancient storyteller—Aesop’s fable of the city and country mouse.  For Ping, the city mouse is a seductress dancing across our cityscape. The city mouse in all her cunning beauty is seared into our consciousness—alluring and elusive, she is a siren calling to all of us. Her long legs, capped with high-heeled shoes and a tail. Here now, gone in the next breath—her fleeting existence acts as a metaphor for our survival in a modern urban society.

The city mouse’s leg is clothed in a tightly knitted fishnet stocking. There are obvious sensuous references, however, as often the case with Ping, the obvious is not what lies within. The interlinking black lines reference the ancient woven fish traps of Indigenous Australia, reminding us of our primal needs. Or is it referencing a suit of chain mail armour of the middle ages, protecting the sensitive mouse from the realities of this world? Text in both Chinese and English characters hover around the border of the picture, representing our existence in the landscape of signs.

Ping’s placement of the exhibition within an astrological framework—the Chinese Zodiac—along with ancient Greek and Roman contexts, is yet another clue to the cross pollination of our shared beliefs over cultures and thousands of years of our human existence.  

From May until November this year, Chen Ping’s City Mouse works will be exhibited in PERSONAL STRUCTURES: Time Space Existence, part of the 57th Venice Biennale. 

Ralph Hobbs 
March, 2017

新神话

“城市鼠”系列是在这恒变的世界中,有关我们的存在的一次高深莫测的哲理对话。艺术家陈平抽象了时间和空间主题,一次又一次地成为他标志性的当代方法论。水墨传统和实践的抚育,发展到陈平淋漓尽致的油画。他运用粘稠饱和的油画材料演释着不同构思和历史性题材,创造了一个新的神话。

这是古希腊作家伊索寓言的城市鼠和乡下鼠的当代版。对陈平来说,城市鼠是一个穿梭于高楼大厦间的迷人女子,她的丽人楚楚打入我们的潜意识 躲迷藏似的妖惑力大放电。长腿,高跟鞋和“尾巴”,明明在眼前,却在呼吸之间晃然而过,好像是寓意我们起伏跌宕地生存于现代都市的社会。

城市“鼠”的一条腿是紧紧的,长长的鱼网袜子,显然是挺性感。但这是陈平常用的遮眼术,其黑墨线勾出的网格,内在的灵感是来自于澳大利亚土著民古老的草编捕鱼网,联系起我们生活的原始需要。可会不会又是中世记的铁链战甲对那害羞小鼠的现实保护层?画中沿边的中英文字,仿佛是我们显身在这信号飞舞的风景。

陈平存放他的展览作品在占星术框架里,借鉴了中国生肖术及古希腊和古罗马神话,再次例证了在这人类几千年的存在,不同的文化因共享信念而交融滋长。

在今年五月至十一月,陈平的城市鼠作品将参加57届威尼斯双年展的一个展览 “个人结构:时间-空间-存在”。

拉尔弗 侯博斯 20173

\ Exhibition featured works

Chen Ping

City Mouse 5

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 183x152cm

Chen Ping

City Mouse 8

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 123x92cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Falling Venus

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 92x122cm

Chen Ping

Girl, Fire Bulls

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 152x183cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Ink Mouse 1

2017 \ Ink on paper (framed) \ 69x69cm

Chen Ping

Ink Mouse 2

2017 \ Ink on paper (framed) \ 69x69cm

Chen Ping

Ink Mouse 3

2017 \ Ink on paper (framed) \ 69x69cm

Chen Ping

Ink Mouse 8

2017 \ Ink on paper (framed) \ 69x69cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Magic acrossing ocean

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 183x230cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Mermaid's Ocean

2016 \ Oil on canvas \ 152.5x183cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Mermaid's Ocean 2

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 153x183cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Red City Mouse 2

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 123x92

Chen Ping

Venus VS Dancing Girls

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 92x123cm

Chen Ping

Venus VS easternism

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 92x123cm

Chen Ping

Venus vs Dragon Dance 2

2016 \ Oil on canvas \ 152.5x183cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Venus vs eastern magician

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 92x123cm

Chen Ping

Venus vs magic Eagle

2016 \ Oil on canvas \ 152.5x183cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Victorial Girl Kissing

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 92x122cm

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venus vs dragon dance

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 152.5x183cm

SOLD

\ Other exhibitions

Christopher Horder

Stained Glass Sky

18 April — 28 April 2017

Jonathan Dalton

A Beauty Imperfect

13 March — 24 March 2017

Nicholas Blowers

Deadwood Shallows

23 February — 10 March 2017

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