Han Bing and Luka Rayski：Frame | 韩冰与LUKA RAYSKI：界
March 29, 2014 – June 8, 2014 | 2014年3月29日 － 2014年6月8日
Opening Reception | 开幕酒会: Saturday, March 29, 2014, 5–9 pm | 2014年3月29日（星期六）5-9pm
Fou Gallery is pleased to present Frame, a two-person exhibition of Han Bing and Luka Raysk from March 29 through June 8, 2014. Young Chinese artist Han Bing’s recent oil paintings continue to explore the difference between natural and man-made landscapes, real and artificial space, framed reality and daily life. They are juxtaposed with Polish artist Luka Rayski’s small scale wood panel paintings. Those mixed media paintings are grouped and placed on found stretcher bars, resembling manipulated photography. To create these paintings, Luka designs a simple set of rules and follow them from beginning to end. The opening reception will take place on March 29th (Saturday, 5-9pm) at Fou Gallery.
Frame, as a visual device, is often used in art and literature to define space and create illusions. A flat image within the frame is conceived as a timeless visual presentation, affirming the boundary between the virtual and real worlds. In Oscar Wilde’s renowned novel Picture of Dorian Gray, the man-made portrait substitutes the reality and becomes a reminder of Gray’s act upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement on the painting’s surface. Bing and Luka are both interested in the manipulated reality created by mass media. Bing’s recent works are a step away from the narrative elements in her early paintings. Her recent series still features natural and artificial spaces – theaters, stages, buildings and imaginary places. They are based on found images from TV, film, newspaper photograph or other screen-based representations. The illusion generated by these theatric images is a key element of her practice. As she says: “The scenery and narrative in an image is like a thread but opens to millions of other possibilities.” However, in recent paintings, architectural elements are extracted and become more abstract. An image of a building’s exterior is appropriated in VOID 4. The terraced interior could evoke a familiarity of domestic elements but in a functionless way. The obscure and cool hue is interrupted by an irregular shape, creating another space within the domain.
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