Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong is proud to present a solo exhibition of Xu Xiaoguo’s work this upcoming September. “Xu Xiaoguo: Between the Green” is Xu’s second collaboration with Tang Contemporary Art following his 2015 solo show at the Beijing space. This exhibition will showcase six recent paintings from Xu’s Texture series, which represent a continuation of the Spherical Organization and Cage series that he has created over the last few years. In Xu’s overall artistic system, these series drive and develop each other, engaging with the central problem of painting after Modernism: the reconstruction of space on a two-dimensional plane.
The origins of the Texture series can be traced back to Xu’s 2013 works, such as White Woods, Big Tung, and Large Leaves. These paintings began with the natural forms of trees, then Xu refined the structural and visual relationships of the interlocking branches. The layered branches in the paintings support one another, while the lines both reciprocate and destroy one other, stretching forward and pushing backward simultaneously to produce a visual variation and “creating an undulating visual logic between spatial misconceptions and planar sensations.” (Bao Dong, “Spatial Textures”) Xu’s treatment of this structure presents space in two dimensions.
Xu Xiaoguo gradually purified the interwoven forms of tree branches and leaves into linear and spatial relationships. His 2016 Texture series simply uses the placement of lines and forms to create a basic pictorial structure. Layered, intersecting lighter and darker lines add emphasis to the spaces between the branches and leaves, adding richness to every part of the painting. The lines are not simply the contours of objects; they also constitute a spatial dimension, a powerful force that guides the viewer’s eye. Texture 1 presents a new direction. The expressive elements in the painting begin to break from a strictly logical style, and an emotional sensibility makes the work freer and more relaxed; the spatial relationships are created naturally and carefreely.
In Xu’s considerations of planes and spaces, lines and colors are the most basic elements of his formulations, but his experiments are far from over. Xu Xiaoguo has always been interested in the essential questions of painting, and he seeks out tension in painted structures through his investigations of line, form, and color. Every stage of his work stems from a consideration of the history of painting and the development of his art, from which he makes adjustments and seeks new directions, continuing to discover the power of painting.
Texture 1 oil on canvas 200 x 170 cm 2016
Texture 6 oil on canvas 110 x 85 cm 2016
Born 1977, Xian, China
Xu Xiaoguo was born in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province in 1977. He majored in Oil Painting and graduated from the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. Currently based in Beijing, Xu's works take various artistic forms such as painting, pictorials and video. In recent years, Xu had been lauded with various accolades for his art, including but not limited to first prize for the "798 Arts Festival Young Artists Recommendation Exhibition", the "Academy Award for Young Artists of Film Media" from the Beijing Film Academy International New Media Arts Triennial Exhibition and the "Guanghua Qianyu Award".
Xu has actively participated in numerous exhibitions both at home and abroad. Significant solo exhibitions of his include Xu Xiaoguo Solo Exhibition in 2015 at Tang Contemporary Art Beijing, From Space to Texture by Today Art Museum, Small Country by WhiteBox Art Centre, 2011 Xu Xiaoguo ‘DeNoise’ 6/25 by Chun Cui Contemporary Art Space, DWIE LINIE/TWO LINES – an Exhibition by Weng Fen and Xu Xiaoguo at the BWA Gallery, Traces of the Sacred –Xu Xiaoguo Solo Exhibition at Li Space, Drama Behind the Curtain Xu Xiaoguo Solo Exhibition at the Osage Gallery Singapore, Xu Xiaoguo Solo Exhibition at the Osage Gallery Shanghai, Wait For the Show Xu Xiaoguo Solo Exhibition at the Osage Gallery Hong Kong, Xu Xiaoguo Solo Exhibition at the Deke Erh Art Center and Artificial Landscape Xu Xiaoguo Solo Exhibition at the Zhu Qizhan Art Museum.
Important group exhibitions in which Xu has participated in include Conceptual Symbols: The Dimensions of Language and Form at Poly Gallery Hong Kong, Conscious-12 Views on Painting at Tang Contemporay Art, Soft Abstraction as Constellation at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Civilisation Round 2 Yu Lin: An Artistic and Humanistic Project with On-site Interpretation and Regeneration at OCAT Xi'an, Painting Lesson Ⅳ: Trinity of Profile-Shape-Image at Gallery Yang, New Directions: Young Chinese Contemporary Artists Exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, XXX – Next 10 Years of Contemporary Art at Today Art Museum, 15 Days: A Collaborative Work at the WhiteBox Art Center, Shanshui-Poetry without Sound, Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art-Works at the Museum of Art Lucerne, The Big Bang: Contemporary Chinese Art at the White Rabbit Collection, SACA-2009 Soul of Asian Contemporary Art at the Hakgojae Gallery, Textbook: An Exhibition of Lively Chinese Paintings at Li Space and Spectacle-To Each His Own at the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art.
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