De Sarthe gallery is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Lu Xinjian titled “Boogie Woogie” in Beijing.
The exhibition features a collection of the artist’s latest works. The title of the exhibition draws its name from Piet Mondrian’s famous penultimate artwork “Broadway Boogie Woogie” (1942-43). Within the work, Mondrian captured the vibrant energy of New York City through his iconic use of simple colors, lines and shapes. It was this painting that inspired Lu Xinjian to create his iconic “City DNA” series and ultimately “City Stream” and “Reflections.”
“City DNA” has been made by first using Google Earth to obtain satellite images of selected cities. Subsequently, the images are flattened into abstract lines and shapes.
“City Stream” series shows the artist’s perspective shifting to that of a human standing perpendicular to the surface of buildings and bridges, where they visibly pulsate. Ambient light distinctively outlines the structures of cities, suggesting human civilization’s ceaseless expansion and prosperity.
The “Reflection” series shows the artist not only narrowing his horizon but also lowering his perspective, staring directly at individual buildings within cities.
In his previous exhibition at the gallery, Lu Xinjian explored and experimented with new creative trajectories and themes. The artist used Google Earth to capture images of cities and presented images that overlook the density of a city standing from the ground, as well as the tranquility essence of the city from water reflection. Through his works, Lu presents a sense of cosmopolitanism, amalgamating the characteristics from different cultures and nations, presenting an overall harmonious view that expresses the artist’s reflections and sentiments towards cultural activities within these human sites.
Lu Xinjian was born in 1977 in Yixing, in the Jiangsu province of China. On graduating in 2000 from the Computer Graphic Design department of the Nanjing Arts Institute, Lu pursued an Interactive Media postgraduate degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2006, he received his M.F.A. from the Interactive Media and Environment Department at the Frank Mohr Institute in the Netherlands. Lu has participated in many domestic and international exhibitions. Lu Xinjian’s works are collected by several public art institutions: White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia; DSL Collection, Paris, France; and Anxin Trust, Shanghai, China.
The exhibition is on view through July 14, 2018, at de Sarthe Gallery, 328-D Caochangdi Chaoyang District, 100015, Beijing, China.
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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
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