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Pearl Lam Galleries Shanghai

Private Gallery
Contrasts Gallery at the Hong Kong International Art Fair 2010

Featuring works by Li Tianbing, David LaChapelle, Chen Yun, Zhang Huan, Wang Dongling, Wei Ligang, Zhang Hao, Lan Zhenghui, Shao Yan, Ma Han, and Yi Zhou

MAY 26-30, 2010
Stand C04

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Collectors Preview (Invitation Only): Wednesday, May 26, 4-6pm
Vernissage (By Invitation or Ticket): Wednesday, May 26, 6-9pm
Late View Benefiting AIDS Concern: Thursday, May 27, 6-9pm
General Hours: Thursday, May 27, 12-9pm; Friday, May 28, 12-8pm; Saturday, May 29, 12-7pm; Sunday, May 30, 12-5pm

HONG KONG - Contrasts Gallery will exhibit work from eleven prominent artists at the third edition of the Hong Kong International Art Fair. The gallery will feature paintings by Li Tianbing and Zhang Huan, and photography by David LaChapelle. The booth will include highlights from the gallery's 2010 programming: Wang Dongling, Wei Ligang, Zhang Hao, Lan Zhenghui and Yi Zhou. ARTHK10 will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center from May 26-30, 2010 at 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Contrasts Gallery's exhibition program is designed to create new cultural exchanges by representing artists from all parts of the world, working in divergent traditions and across disciplines. In this spirit, Contrasts Gallery will bring a wide range of photography, calligraphy, paintings, and video to ARTHK10.

The gallery has evolved from a philosophy rooted in the Chinese Literati tradition, which promotes art for the sake of self-cultivation and embraces creativity without hierarchies. Artists represented by the gallery, including Wei Ligang, Wang Tiande, Lan Zhenghui and Shao Yan, draw from this old tradition, while embodying contemporary Chinese culture.

Li Tianbing is a 36-year-old painter who exemplifies the gallery's interest in the work of cross-cultural artists. His paintings reflect both his childhood, and its larger context in recent Chinese social history, including the country's one-child policy. Li Tianbing has created paintings that evoke cultural duality and the isolation he felt growing up as an only child, depicting himself with images of a fictional brother. At the fair, Contrasts will exhibit a large-scale painting titled Souvenir de Stand that will be part of the artist's solo exhibition at the gallery in September. Although his paintings have been shown extensively in the U.S. and Europe, the fair will be Li's first time showing his work in China.

David LaChapelle's bizarre and gorgeous photographic images express a singular style, a unique combination of pop and the surreal. Inspired by everything from art history to street culture, LaChapelle creates both a mirror and a critique of popular culture today. His vibrantly colored photographs, often tableaux of many figures, have an over-the-top quality associated with Hollywood movies. LaChapelle has said of his most recent work, "I reintroduce my personal ideas of transfiguration, returning to paradise, and the notion of life after death."

Zhang Huan has earned international recognition for his provocative performance art, often using his own body. He has taken a hiatus from that medium to create monumental visual works, including ash paintings. Composed of incense ash collected from Buddhist temples, these paintings depict scenes of daily life. Based on photographs, and rendered in delicate shades of gray, they are moving meditations on themes of social history, spiritual aspiration and mortality speaking to sensibilities of the East and West.

Young artists Chen Yun and Yi Zhou explore subtle emotions in a fantasy world. Chen Yun creates detailed and feminine computer-generated drawings from her imagination. Each vivacious and colorful work tells a story often inspired by traditional Chinese myths. Yi Zhou creates large multimedia installation artworks that blend film, digital animation, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and contemporary music composition. Contrasts Gallery will present Yi's solo show in Shanghai this June.

In Ma Han's landscapes, traditional Chinese brushstrokes are replaced by barbed wire and rice. For Ma, this mix of wires, rice and miniature figures symbolizes human entanglement in desire. His landscapes borrow from the formal traditions of Literati artists, but are transformed through his use of modern materials. With a poet's eye and a modernist's touch, Ma Han comments on the pursuit of materialism in the New China.

Wang Dongling, Wei Ligang, Zhang Hao, Lan Zhenghui and Shao Yan use the ink brush to explore the territory where traditional Chinese calligraphy meets contemporary abstraction. In one concentrated stroke, they express the inner strength of the body and mind, truly reflecting the inherent power of traditional Chinese painting.

About Contrasts Gallery

Since its inception in 1992, Contrasts Gallery, based in Shanghai, has showcased leading contemporary Chinese artists, and has brought the work of international artist to China. The gallery's exhibitions have stressed the rich history of China's art and artists who have reinvented its legacy in order to express their feelings about change in China today. The gallery has evolved from a philosophy rooted in the tradition of Chinese Literati art, which promotes art for the sake of self-cultivation and embraces creativity without hierarchies. Contrast's exhibition program is designed to create new cultural exchanges between artists from the East and West, working in divergent traditions and across disciplines. The gallery's 2010 schedule includes exhibitions by many of today's most prominent Chinese artists: Shao Fan, Zhang Hao, Wei Ligang, Li Tianbing, Lan Zhenghui, and Yi Zhou.

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Shayna McClelland / Dan Schwartz
Susan Grant Lewin Associates
+1 212 947 4557

Moxian Sun
+86 21 6323 1989
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