GUO HONGWEI: PAREIDOLIA

When 3 Mar 2020 - 4 Apr 2020
Where Chambers Fine Art
55 East 11th St, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
United States
Enquiry 212-414-1169

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Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening on March 3, 2020 of Guo Hongwei: Pareidolia.  Guo Hongwei (born 1982) graduated from the Oil painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2004, and currently lives and works in Beijing. Since his first exhibition at Chambers Fine Art, Things, in 2009, Guo has worked in a wide range of media including oil painting, collage, and video, but unusually for an artist of his generation, he has always had a particular affinity with water-color. He first gained wide recognition for his large-scale watercolors depicting objects from the natural world depicted with scrupulous fidelity in the exhibitions Painting is Collecting I, II, III at Chambers Fine Art in 2012.

Painting is Collecting is an ongoing exploration of humankind’s curiosity concerning the world in which they live and the classification and understanding of the relationships between the infinite variety of animals, insects, plants and minerals. Not only has Guo Hongwei visited natural history museums and botanical gardens with their ancient herbaria, he has also read widely in historical literature and developed a keen appreciation of the artistry of botanical illustrators of previous centuries. From this vast amount of material, Guo selects certain images that appeal to him as a result of their cultural patina, often creating arrangements of his own that show his interest in tracking relationships between closely related forms. Whether representing insects, minerals, leaves or other botanical specimens, he showed a preference for linear arrangements although as he commented himself at the time, his intention had little or nothing to do with the scientific accuracy of traditional botanical illustration.

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