May 28, 2022 – July 15, 2022
328 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA
Qualia Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Beyond Ink, a group exhibition of contemporary ink art curated by XiaozeXie. Works by artists Yang Jiechang, Zhang Yu, Zheng Chongbin, and Wang Tiandewill present a wide and varied scope of contemporary works that explore the materiality, history, and potential of ink as an artistic medium. The performative application of ink, the time-based process of meditative mark-making, and the sculptural dimension of the material are revealed in each artist’s work, and in the dialogues between them. Beyond Ink will be open to the public from May 28 – July 15, 2022, with an opening celebration hosted on May 28 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM PST.
The exhibition title, Beyond Ink, reflects the curator’s emphasis on artists working with ink in innovative and unconventional ways — beyond traditional ink painting, but beyond modern ink painting as well. While Yang Jiechang (b. 1956), Zhang Yu (b. 1957), Wang Tiande (b. 1960), and Zheng Chongbin (b. 1961) come from the same generation of artists and are unified by their shared Chinese heritage, these commonalities make the breadth of their collective work all the more significant. Despite the similarity of the artists’ origins, the differences between their respective practices underscore the unique capacity of ink to serve as a performative, documentary, sculptural, and/or time-based medium in the hands of each artist.
Artist Talk in Chinese by Wang Tiande, moderated by Dr. Daxue Xu, Artistic Director of Qualia Contemporary Art: July 2nd, 2022, 7:00 PM PST