November 10, 2022 through February 12, 2023
Curated by Karen Smith and Yang Zhenzhong
We are honored to announce a world premiere of Geng Jianyi’s “Studies 2016-2017” presented in “Who Is He?” A Retrospective of Geng Jianyi’s works at the Power Station of Art, on view from November 10, 2022 through February 12, 2023, curated by Karen Smith and Yang Zhenzhong.
“Who is He?” is a timely presentation of one of most influential pioneering artist from China, and one of the first Chinese artist with international recognition for his works. The exhibition covers key artworks from the start of his career in the mid-1980s through to the last projects he made in 2016-2017.
During the summer of 2016, Geng Jianyi began working with the process of physical transformation cycles of paper pulp and fibers and developed “organic dripping” of paper pulps to realize deeply personal works in “Studies 2016-2017”. This series is Geng Jianyi’s final artistic expression before his untimely passing and represent the artist’s most minimalistic and spiritual yet unyielding journey of his artistic creation.
About the Artist
Geng Jianyi (1962-2017) was a pioneer of contemporary art in China, and a leading figure of the avant-garde. He graduated from Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1985, and immediately became involved in seminal exhibition events such as “85 New Wave” and activities that changed the way art was understood. Following on from his early success, the focus of what Geng Jianyi chose to do art shifted away from conventional forms of expression, like painting, to the concept of the artist’s action, rather than on the end products that result.
Geng Jianyi also taught at China Academy of Art and his teaching philosophy led him to help students to find their own artistic expression. He also won 2012 China Contemporary Art Award, CCAA Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016. He also acquired AACArt China Annual Influence Award “Artist of the Year” recognition in 2018 and was posthumously awarded the “Zhe Craftsman Award” by China Academy of Art.