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Metaphors of Humbleness – Stanley Fung’s Photography Exhibition

Stanley Fung

Sep 3, 2016 ~ Nov 19

In Pensées, the French genius mathematician, scientist, philosopher and theologist from 17 century, Blaise Pascal wrote:      Let man then contemplate the whole of nature in her full and grand majesty…… Man is disproportionate. In fact what is man in nature? A Nothing in comparison with the Infinite, an All in comparison with the Nothing, a mean between nothing and everything. Since he is infinitely removed from comprehending the extremes, the end of things and their beginning are hopelessly hidden from him in an impenetrable secret, he is equally incapable of seeing the Nothing from which he was made, and the Infinite in which he is swallowed up…… Man is only a reed, the weakest of nature, but he is a thinking reed. Following the dialectical and ethical concerns of man and the nature of Pascal has been the common theme in various works of photographic artist Stanley Fung. “Dust Icons” borrows figures as well as their dramatic life stories from the bible to show the humanity that wavers between the nature and super nature, experience and transcendence, god and demon. His series “Members for One Another” focuses on the interactions of two alien pairs of hands ( male verses female, black verses white ) that changes from being strange to getting intimate, so as to think over everyone’s inevitable moral responsibility of the others, that is a lifelong mission of love. With an open view, the “Mere Straw” series...

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Present Participle Ⅲ

Chao Guo Lei Hong Ruyun Gao Lee Kyoungmei Lu Ma Jieyin Wang Leah Lihua Wong Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang Xieda Wang

Jun 18, 2016 ~ Jul 30

The sun of tomorrow is always brand-new. “Present Participle Ⅲ” gathers several artists that have been featured and collaborated by M Art Center, showing their latest works and progress in a natural presentation. These works are shown in a variety of media, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, woodcut, paper work, etc., directly or indirectly demonstrating the experience of being steady, awakening, exploring and going beyond oneself that every artist goes through. They are in simple words, but showing complicated messages. To artists, art creation is considered equally as breathing, as it is not only the expression of the mind and the heart, but also the process of consistent self-denial, self-fulfillment and innovation. Either as calm reflections or passionate pursuits, a temporary rest or a serious announcement, here are the recent statements that the artists want to make.

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Yuhan Solo Exhibition

Apr 23, 2016 ~ May 28

When talking about an artist and his / her work, it is really uncommon to apply words like lively, petite, clever, sensitive, quite and bright together at the same time. But that is what Yuhan is like, as overwhelming as the warm spring sunshine. For long, she has been described as a genius. As a girl who had never used oil paint, she changed her major from design to oil painting, and decided to apply for the oil painting department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. She did very well in the national entrance exam by winning the top of the colour part, and the second of the sketch part. Then she worked hard and showed her talent during the university. From then, collectors have started to pay attentions to this young artist. Her works have been shown at CIGE “Exhibition of Asian Young Artists” in 2010, and a solo exhibition for small size paintings were held at Schiller Gallery in Germany. Everything went well at that time. However, when her career just started, she chose to follow the passion of love and go back to family life. And the birth of her daughter also has endowed her with great motherhood. Rather than continue her career in art, she decided to spend all her time raising the kid. Instead, her daughter has become her best piece of art. But apart from that, in the limited time and space, she still...

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Visions from Above

Philip Mantofa

Mar 12, 2016 ~ Apr 9

Born in 1974, Philip Mantofa's early life was filled with violence and blasphemy. He started his journey of faith when he was 18 and has been experiencing radical transformation ever since. After graduated from Columbia Bible College in Canada, he embarked his calling in his country, Indonesia, and serving the community with all his talent. His influence reaches far beyond his homeland as he travels the globe changing spiritual climates everywhere. The dreams and visions he shared had excited many people ‘s minds, especially the visions of Heaven and Hell. Not until recently in 2014 has he decided to paint some of those dreams and depict what he has seen on canvases. Mantofa first painted at his age of 6 and even achieved excellence in art competitions. However, he never thought of being an artist until his 40 when he realized that painting is the best way to keep as well as widely spread his dreams and visions carrying powerful messages that may positively affect people’s life. Therefore, Mantofa took up his brush and began to share with others his spiritual dreams and visions through painting until now. Mantofa cooperated with Artrue to have his first global solo exhibition “Visions from Above” in Taipei in August, 2015 as well as its following exhibition at M Art Center in Shanghai in March, 2016, in which he would display about 16 pieces of painting. His bold strokes, vibrant colors and richly layered...

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Concealed

Xi Pan

Dec 12, 2015 ~ Mar 7, 2016

M Art Centre is happy to present Pan Xi's Solo Exhibition " Concealed." The exhibition is from December 12, 2015 to February 11, 2016. " Concealed" is the artist's recent thoughts -- concealed, hidden, puzzling, discovered, and released. The artist walks independently along a path between the Chinese sensibility and Western thought. Most of the works from " concealed" are Shui-mo (water and ink) on silk. The images are subtle and restraining, sharp and pointed. Pan Xi, born in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, graduated with an MFA from Surikov Academy of Art (Oil Painting Department) in Moscow, Russia in 1999, currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.

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Off the Shore

Yuhan Su Linghao Shen Yue liu Qing lin Ding Wu Xiao Chen Yunshu Zhong Jie Ren Xin Wang Xixi Ruyun Gao Ziqian Zhu

Sep 26, 2015 ~ Nov 26

The “Off the Shore” Project is an annual periodic project run by M Art Center and young artists, which provide a platform for artists’ creative thinking and idea collision. It invites them to bring their art languages into the story of curating and explore new direction of  art in  the contemporary context basing on artists’ experiences. In each collision, this project openly discusses  the nature of art with artists in the liberal atmosphere. And also accompany them to start their trip of the project. The list of artists who confirmed their participation: WU Ding, SHEN Linghao, SU Yuhan, LIN Qing, ZHONG Yunshu, XI Xi, WANG Xin, ZHU Ziqian, GAO Ruyun, REN Jie, CHEN Xiao, LIU Yue The “Off the Shore” Project in 2015 invites 12 artists to present their first exhibition in this series. The creative medias include photography, sculpture, installation and easel painting. As the opening exhibition of the project with a storyline of Nocturne, artists will  present their rich experiences telling personal secrecy in a metaphorical way. The project invites all the artists participated into group dialogues in order to let them know each other’s art works properly and find their similarities and difference of thought and sight while they talking about starting point of creation and logic. Therefore, the story of curating in this exhibition will be completed.

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A Round Sun A Dot

Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang

Jul 11, 2015 ~ Sep 18

M Art Center is pleased to present a new exhibition “A Round Sun A Dot”, which is the first solo show of Lingjie Wang and Jingfang Hao in China. The young couple is based in France and usually focuses their works on the nature. And nature is their starting point to explore the basic concept of “things” and the relationships with human. The close observation of the nature, also further study and development of the characteristics and the techniques of the materials have been wonderfully demonstrated through their works in space installation, paintings, videos and sculptures. The exhibition will be open at 3 p.m. on 11th July until 10th September. The curator Hélène Doub once describes the artists and their works as “excellent alliance of contraries” (exaltante alliance des contraires). Sharing a background of engineering, the two artists, on one hand, are interested in western conceptual art, and strongly attracted and influenced by its ideology, which is a mix of intuition and reasoning. On the other, they have inherited the sensitive approach and poetic expression rooted in the concepts of “somethingness” and “nothingness” of Chinese philosophy. All these have made every piece of their works show a principal dialogue (un principe dialogique) between the two extremes, the reasoning perception and the accurate arrangement – it is conceptual, yet emotional; natural, beautiful and mysterious, but as complicated as science. As for the theme of the exhibition, the artists give their explanation as follows: look...

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The Stone

Lee Jaehyo

May 16, 2015 ~ Jun 15

The renowned Korean artist Lee Jaehyo’s solo exhibition “The Stone” is to be on show from May 16, 2015 to June 15,2015. The show will be composed by three parts of artworks including spatial installation, sculpture and photography. Lee is deeply influenced by Earthworks and his works are natural and unaffected, nourished by Land art, Environmental Art, Eco-Art, Installations and Minimalism. In this show, while using ordinary rocks and branches as his main creation objects, he widely adopts artistic techniques like suspension, stack and alignment, which makes the raw materials mark a mysterious temperament. Integrating consummate skills and philosophical thoughts, his works are not only peaceful and elegant, but also reflective of the author’s quest for the unknown world. Moreover, the artistic style of Lee Jaehyo is “repetition” and “persistence” which requires a good deal of time and energy. While natural rocks seem pointless, if were piled together, the combination may convey certain meaning. Such is the same with Lee’s work for the creative process means even more than the author’s creative intention. No wonder he wrote in his work notes that “it may be those that make a hard living who make this world a beautiful place.”   Lee Jaehyo, born in 1965 in Hapchen, Korea, graduated from Hong-ik University in 1992 and has held 42 solo exhibitions up till 2015. Currently he is living and working in Korea.

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A Slip of Abstraction

Lu Ma

Mar 21, 2015 ~ May 10

M Art Center is thrilled to present you the solo exhibition of our artist Ma lu,  A slip of abstraction, from March 21th to April 20th, 2015. Ma Lu’s creations have their origins from abstract expressionism, in a way not pursuing analytical method of the western abstraction research. His works do not emphasize geometrical relations on canvas like Mondrian and Malevich. Nor do they reveal some hidden libido like drip paintings by Jackson Pollock. His philosophy seems to be a way in-between, one which is more related to the physical experience of normal people. His works go beyond the simple form and shape of things around us,but they express his feeling towards them and his physical experience of them. When Ma lu found the corner stone of his artistic expression, one that lay in the emotional transformation deeply rooted within him, peace is found in his heart. His works convey not only the image of a theme, but also a purified whole reflection of reality, with similar magic of music and of poetry. Whatever and however it is that he paints: heaven or earth, man or animal, big or small, figurative or abstract, all is important, with no difference, free from the other in its own right, yet they infiltrate into each other’s world with comments and remarks, where a micro and a macro view share the same expression.  In fact, Ma lu has no intention to be neither abstract...

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Creative M50 2014

Jan 12, 2015 ~ Mar 11

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