Friday, May 12, 2017

Zhou Wendou: Bu Qian

De Sarthe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Zhou Wendou, entitled Bu Qian, curated by Wang Pao Pao, opening on May 20th 2017. The show will continue until June 24th, 2017.

Zhou Wendou's creativity has undergone a transformation over the past two decades. He first began as a painter and then transitioned to photography with a focus on constructing camera oriented installations. After this, he focused on producing installation art, to which he still dedicates himself. Utilizing commonly found ready-made objects, his artwork is born out of conventional forms through a process of deconstruction and transformation. He constantly looks towards the boundaries of art and attempts to challenge the appearance and shape of objects. He deliberately removes certain properties of objects, but does not contribute his own subjective judgment or emotions in the process. On the contrary, he records his creations metaphysically and shows it in moderate and humorous ways.

The title of the exhibition, "Bu Qian," is extracted from a concept used by Chinese philosophers of ancient times. Partial translations are 'immutable' or 'immovable,' depending on which school of thought uses the term.It is the idea that sometime things will remain unshakable, immobile, even when the environment surrounding them changes. In this exhibition, common objects such as lamps and slingshots remain unaltered yet submitted to different forces that rip off their original use and turn them into artistic installations. Each artwork has an intrinsic tension yet remains motionless in the gallery. The hull of a boat floating in two buckets of water is the starting point of the exhibition, and leads the audience to a pile of skateboards and a massive whirl made out of metal hand grips. Everything in the show appears motionless, as if suspended in time, but also seems as if it is on the edge of giving way to movement. This is Zhou Wendou's interpretation of Bu Qian.

Duration: May 20th - June 24th, 2017
Opening: May 20th, 16:30 - 19:00
Media preview: May 20th, 16:00 - 16:30
Location: 328-D Caochangdi Chaoyang District, Beijing, China (de Sarthe Gallery)
More information: HERE

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography

On May 12, The Lumiere Center opens the exhibition "New Spread" presenting works and books of modern Russian photographers within the PHOTOBOOKFEST 2017 Festival.

More information: HERE
The Lumiere Center for Photography
Moscow, Bolotnaya emb., 3/1
Julia Borissova
Irina Popova
Arthur Bondar

Monday, March 27, 2017

France: Festival L'oeil Urbain

Do not miss the incredible Festival L'oeil Urbain in France March 31 - May 27, 2017 at Corbeil - Essonnes

More information HERE

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Arjen Zwart and Peter Edel - two Dutch photographers living in Turkey

After they had met several years ago, a plan gradually developed to show Turkey through different interpretations of photography with a joint exhibition. From an almost monochrome Istanbul portrayed by Arjen Zwart, to Turkish nature in all its colourful glory by Peter Edel. However, they meet each other in a quest for the abstract. Photography and the abstract seems like an odd combination at first. For after all, photography is known to be bound to reality. But as the work of Zwart and Edel shows, the abstract is part of reality. Moreover, their work shows that the abstract is abundant in Turkey, a country which was explored by both to create their photographs.

Arjen Zwart, "Topkapı" from ZIFT series, 100x100. (2011)

Peter Edel  "Land Escape I" from Salt Lake series, 100x150 cm. (2015)

More information about the show: HERE

Monday, February 13, 2017

First Exposure Silent Auction

Thursday March 16 6-9 pm

SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco CA 94103

Buy your ticket HERE