Courtesy Long March Space, Beijing
Guo Fengyi "Ear", 1989
Guo Fengyi "Ear", 1989Mixed Media on paper
February 3 to April 15, 2012
The Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in North America of the work of Chinese artist Guo Fengyi (1942-2010).
A self trained artist Fengyi belongs to an older generation whose embracing of Chinese folk culture combines with traditions of wisdom and myth. Guo Fengyi began drawing after illness brought her to the healing practice of Qiquong (a traditional Chinese health practice as a means to cultivate qi energy within the body). Through this meditative process, she began having visions which she felt compelled to translate into drawing. Her large-scale works comprise intricate details and obsessive mark-making to articulate these ideas of spiritual and metaphysical significance.
The exhibition at the CAG will feature an in-depth selection of work that invites visitors to engage in a world combining theories of mysticism, tradition, cosmology, energy maps, divination and dynastic sites – all systems which are fast disappearing in a modernized China.
1) February 2nd from 7-10pm public opening and celebration of Guo Fengyi’s exhibition.
2) Saturday, February 11th at 3pm Vancouver based artist Neil Campbell discussing drawing and the process in context of the exhibition.
3) Saturday, March 10th at 3pm Carla Nappi from the Department of History at UBC, will discuss the traditions of medicine and healing in context of the work and Chinese history.
4) Saturday, March 17 at 3pm Keith Wallace former director of the CAG and current editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art will lead a discussion about Guo Fengyi’s work.