Exhibition Director: ZOE CHANG, How Art Museum
Artists: CHEN YUFAN, DONG DAWEI, LI SHURUI, LI YIWEN, MA SHUQING
Venue: Asia Art Center Taipei II ∣ No.93, Lequn 2nd Rd., Taipei 10462, Taiwan
Date: Jan 31-Mar 29, 2015
Vernissage: Jan 31, 2015 (Sat) 3pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 6:30pm (Closed on Monday)

Asia Art Center is pleased to announce the upcoming group exhibition This is Not Painting: Exploring the Boundary of Painting at our Taipei II gallery on January 31st, 2015. Five of the most anticipated and exceptional Chinese contemporary artists-Chen Yufan, Dong Dawei, Li Shurui, Li Yiwen, and Ma Shuqing-will explore the possibility of painting in contemporary context. “Painting” has leaped beyond its familiar two-dimensional carrier, forever changing the nature of methodology while challenging our way of experiencing art, as well as broadening the horizon of painting.

This is Not Painting might just provide another intriguing question as what “is” painting? For contemporary painting, “is” or “is not” is no longer the question. This exhibition does not intend to offer a point a view, but more likely to show a phenomenon, not a conclusion but open possibilities. 
-Zoe Chang, Exhibition Director, How Art Museum

Yufan takes his inspiration from Daoism and Zen, meditating through a repetitive alignment of points and lines, placing it against a blank backdrop, fully realizing the ideal of simplifying all things into one unity, of returning to its nature.

Dong Dawei comes to Taiwan to create an artwork on-site at the gallery for the first time. His work emphasizes on the process of the act of painting, reiterating that painting is both instantaneous and temporal.

Li Shurui is expert in evoking minute and delicate sensory experiences. Li’s continuation of her airbrushing creation on the edges of the artwork Sharp subtly affects the viewers’ perception of the weight, sharpness and momentum of the work.

Li Yiwen has been studying seal-engraving for years and he refers to the imagery found in reality, memory or fiction, simplifying and extracting its purest structures. Littery Landscape transforms images from a variety of “scenes”, and aims to identify the tentative relationship between reality and abstraction.

Ma Shuqing often applies fields of colours to his canvas by alternatively pressing and scraping off layers of oil paints. Colors exist as concrete paints and pigments, while “time” and “space” become something tangible.

Throughout the process of consistent overthrows, destructions, and revolutions, as long as artists recognize the reality of limitations, art will continue to innovate in various astonishing and unexpected forms. We invite you to join us in witnessing the multi-faceted appearance of painting, as well as its prospective outlooks.