SPRING/BREAK Art Show
New York 2023
We're incredibly proud to announce our first-ever participation at SPRING/BREAK Art Show New York! At the art show, we are going to present a solo exhibition featuring brand-new works by Chinese artist Jingyi Wang (b. 1989).
Whereas the focus of Jingyi Wang’s previous works acted as a lonely portrayal of humankind’s changed relationship with nature, due to a shift in ideals and ways of living in the wake of the pandemic, the new presentation uses her recognizable cactus portraits to convey intimate interpersonal relationships where loneliness is deliberately absent. Instead, the cactus is used as a vehicle to examine our everyday lives and to convey strength, independence, warmth, and care. Qualities that characterize Wang’s relationships with her friends and family. Hereby, the exhibition adopts a new focus that is based on an embodiment of Wang’s internal, and often subconscious, contemplations.
Through the adoption of this new focus, the paintings act as a physical manifestation of Wang’s relationships with, and perception of, her friends and family members and by doing so, portrays emotional aspects of a relationship that couldn’t have been conveyed truthfully had she chosen to paint photorealistic portraits of her acquaintances. The result of this approach is a surreal portrayal of personal relationships where the physical reality is abandoned in favor of a tangible interpretation of Wang’s own, and her acquaintances, subconscious and emotional lives. This manifestation of the subconscious is not based in reality any less than photorealistic portraits, the focus is just shifted to put emphasis on parts of reality that aren’t directly perceivable in our tangible lives, instead of how the physical world presents itself. This surreal mediation of the subconscious blurs the line between fiction and reality and forces us to reassess our perceived notions of realistic depiction of reality in painting up until this point.
SPRING/BREAK Art Show is an internationally recognized exhibition platform using underused, atypical and historic New York City exhibition spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market, typically but not exclusively during Armory Arts Week.
September 6th, 5 pm - 8 pm
Regular Show Days
September 7th - 11th, 11 am - 7 pm