Opening Talk: Lu Yinghua & Ma Ke
Moderator: Li Jia
Guests: Ma Ke, Lu Yinghua
Time: 15:00 – 16:00, April 28, 2021
“The Hole – Ma Ke’s Paintings ”
15:00 - 16:00 Opening Keynote Discussion
16:00 - 16:30 Opening Ceremony
16:30 - 17:30 Tour
In this exhibition, the curators intended to present the “horizontal” working method of the artists, which stands as the foothold of their creative process and leads to “the creators of artworks.” As the artists apply their brushstrokes to deconstruct the image and repeatedly shape and reshape it, they insinuate the questioning of issues, artistic cognition and understanding of the world into the working foundation of artistic construction, sorting, and experimentation. Ma Ke focuses on generating meaning without relying on the content of artworks. In his view, paintings cannot exclusively rely on a concept, as they extend beyond reasoning and conceptualization.
Ma Ke graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and remained there for teaching. He later transferred to then Ministry of Culture as an aiding professor to Eritrea in Northeast Africa. Ma later graduated from Studio IV, Department of Oil Painting, Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), China.
He now lives and works in Beijing and has held solo exhibitions in Germany and the US, with years of creative experiences in Austria, Italy, and the US. His major solo exhibitions include “The Hole – Ma Ke’s Paintings,” Shanghai Minsheng Museum, 2021; “Ma Ke,” N3 Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2020; "Ma Ke," Galerie Ruhdiger Schottle, Munich, 2018; "Ma Ke," Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, 2016; "Idiom Story – Ma Ke Solo Exhibition," Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, 2014, and "Evidence – Ma Ke Solo Exhibition," Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Hong Kong, 2013. Ma participated recent group exhibition such as Chinese Whispers, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, 2019. His works are collected globally, and the Asia Art Archive has his profile.
Lu Yinghua is an art historian and professional curator who now serves as the director at the Inside-Out Art Museum in Beijing. She obtained her PhD in art history from Melbourne University in 2020. She served as Chief Curator and Artistic Monitor at OCAT from 2012 to 2015, Shenzhen, member of the jury for the Golden Lion Award at Venice Biennale in 2012, joint curator at Gwangju Biennale, joint curator at the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale. She is the first winner of the exceptional research scholar award for the Asia Pacific Program of the Tate Gallery Research Center. She is one of the four winners of the first East Asian Scholars Award of the Association of American Art History Research Institutions (ARIAH) in 2017. She was on jury for Philippines National Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. From 2003, Lu partnered with artist Liu Ding to conduct research on “Echoes of Socialist Realism” that discusses perspectives and methods of contemporary Chinese art.
Li Jia is a Beijing-based independent curator, art critic, and translator. She served as senior curator at Taikang Space from 2015 to 2020, deputy director at PACE Gallery, Beijing from 2012 to 2015. She has curated or co-curated over 20 solo and group exhibitions, including “Geography of Hunger” (2019d - 2020), “Substitute Lives in Substitute Space” (2019), “The Making of Gender “(2018), “Floating” (2018), and “The Sunlight Pavilion” series (12 solo exhibitions in total, Mar. 2016 – Jan. 2018). She was the winner of the 1st Hyunday Blue Prize in 2017, and long-term column contributor to art magazines such as Artforum, LEAP, and The Burning Point. Her art reviews are published in international journals such as Artforum Magazine, ArtAsiaPacific, and YISHU.
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