Exhibitions

LU Liang "State of Memory"

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“State of Memory” comprises nearly 30 works by Chinese artist LU Liang. Living in this era of rapidly changing modern society, when so much is left behind in the swift currents of time, Lu Liang excels at using his well-developed classical realist technique to communicate a kind of abstract mental state and ambience. His art unearths the personal experiences of the modern person in such a fast-changing society and powerfully expresses his understanding of the darker side of the human psyche.

Exhibition Period
14 Oct 2017 - 19 Nov 2017
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ESLITE GALLERY | 5F, No. 11 Songgao Road, Taipei 11073 Taiwan
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3-6pm, Saturday, 14 October

“State of Memory” comprises nearly 30 works by Chinese artist LU Liang. Living in this era of rapidly changing modern society, when so much is left behind in the swift currents of time, Lu Liang excels at using his well-developed classical realist technique to communicate a kind of abstract mental state and ambience. His art unearths the personal experiences of the modern person in such a fast-changing society and powerfully expresses his understanding of the darker side of the human psyche.

 

Lu Liang has said of his art, "Trying hard at the canvas and being able to achieve something brings me happiness." Realist painting requires laborious exertions in order to produce a finely detailed final product. Lu Liang's creative process is especially slow and repetitive, involving first painting, then sanding down, re-painting and sanding down again, and then painting once again, so that even a small-scale work may take years to produce. He believes that photographs are jumbled and confused, with unnecessary details that clutter the image like dust spots; Lu's aim is to further refine and define the subtle, hidden relationships that can only be hinted at in a photo. Unlike some artists whose photograph-based works become flat, pale, and empty, Lu endeavors to bring out the "emptiness" of photographs with greater clarity in his paintings, and his manner of depicting objects conveys a deep understanding of their crucial essence. Painting with this attitude brings a stronger sense of mood and atmosphere to Lu's canvases, which sometimes even seem to transcend their static images and become almost cinematic. Lu's choice of subject matter involves scenes that most often evoke historical, societal, or political issues, including his Concentration Camp—Tile Table, Winding Staircase—Central Market, and Advertising Sign at Dusk. Frequently devoid of any human figures, his spaces are silent, though the mood, trace, or scent of human activity still lingers, sometimes in a chilling sense of hidden danger, sometimes in the shocking decay and devastation of the scene.

 

Lu Liang was born in Shanghai in 1975 and studied in Beijing as a young man. Entering the Mural Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, he obtained first a master's and then a doctorate, in 1999 and 2005 respectively, and currently teaches in the oil painting department of his alma mater. Lu Liang's solid and earnest work stands out as exceptional among those contemporary artists who grew up in post-Cultural Revolution China, and exhibits his unchanging concern for humanity's existential condition. This solo exhibition brings together works which showcase his signature brand of undeniable emotional tension, encased in stillness; it displays the questions he poses regarding many of our societal issues, while reflecting the complex and intense spirit of the era in contemporary Chinese society.

LU Liang

LU Liang's paintings have very strong narrative quality and at the same time implicate powerful emotions beneath their quiet appearances, which reflecting the complicate and agitating ambience of the contemporary world.

Human's state of survival in this fast pace society has always been the pivot of LU's work. In his work, references to classic materials of both the East and the West have been blended into fables about people's life nowadays. LU once said, "I wish to use the classics with a contemporary attitude rather than invariably worship or simply imitate them. For me, the continuation of classics is a mode of appreciating the world, a mode that might seem clumsy but is undoubtedly reliable." Through exquisite rendering of the light and setting, he created scenes which look realistic while emotionally indescribable to bring out his queries about the contemporary life in China and beyond. In many of LU's landscapes or interiors, the scenes are empty.  However, traces of human activities can be sensed clearly in these spaces that hint at some unspoken stories. 

LU Liang was born in 1975 in Shanghai, China. He went to Beijing to pursue his artistic training in the Department of Murals in The Central Academy of Fine Arts, and graduated with B.A. and M.A. degrees in 1999 and 2005 respectively. LU is currently a lecturer at The Central Academy of Fine Arts.

1975        Born in Shanghai, China
1999        B.A., Department of Murals, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2005        M.A., Department of Murals, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Present    Teaching at the Central Academy of Fine Arts

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017        "State of Memory", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2014        "LU Liang Solo Exhibition", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2007        "Night Wanderer", CREEK  ART, Beijing, China
2003        "Fabricated Space", Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1998        "All About Xiao Jing’s Living", Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014        "Choice: Central Academy of Fine Arts Annual Fine Arts Nomination Exhibition",

               CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
2013        "From Beijing", New York Academy of Art, New York, USA
               "Academy: Exhibition of Works of 10 Young Teachers from Central Academy of

               Fine Arts", Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "Teachers' Work of Central Academy of Fine Arts 2013", CAFA Art Museum,

               Beijing, China
2012        "IN TIME: 2012 Chinese Oil Painting Biennale", National Art Museum,

               Beijing, China
               "Art  Classics: China National Academy of Painting Exhibition", Sunshine

               Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "Not Only Paper", CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
2011        "Foundation.10 years", CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "Academy: Exhibition of Works of 8 Young Teachers from Central Academy of

               Fine Arts", Baiyaxuan  798, Beijing, China
               "The 4th  National Fine Arts Exhibition for Young Artists", National Art

               Museum, Beijing, China
2010        "Works by Teachers at the Central Academy of Fine Arts", CAFA Art Museum,

               Beijing, China
               "Oil Painting and Contemporary Society: Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition",

               National Art Museum, Beijing, China
2009        "60 Years of Drawing: Central Academy of Fine Arts", CAFA Art Museum,

               Beijing, China
2008        "3rd Beijing International Art Biennale", National Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "Future Sky: Chinese Contemporary Young Artists Works Selection Exhibition",

               Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "National Exhibition on Painting from Nature", National Art Museum,

               Beijing, China
               "Convergent Paths: a Joint Exhibition by China Central Academy of Fine Arts

               Professors", Chan-Liu Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2007        "Fusion and Creation",  Capital Museum, Beijing, China
               "The 1st Painting from Natural Biennial", Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of

               Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
               "Academy Exhibition Series - Central Academy of Fine Arts", C5Art Centre,

               Beijing, China
2006        "Grand Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art", National Art Museum,

               Beijing, China
2005        "The Displacement of Face", Aurora Gallery, Beijing, China
               "Excellent Award of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition",

               The exhibition hall of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2004        "Shanghai Youth Art Exhibition", Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
               "The 10th National Art Exhibition", Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou, China


AWARDS 
2005         Excellent Award of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition
                First Prize of Wang Jialian Oil Painting Scholarship
1999         First Prize of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition
 

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