Jungle No. 6

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  • Provenance

    Long March Space, Beijing
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Widely considered to be one of China’s most progressive and intriguing artists to have emerged onto the international contemporary art scene, Beijing-based Liu Wei’s multidisciplinary practice transcends both medium and material. As part of a generation who grew up in a period of accelerated urbanisation and ideological instability, Liu Wei’s artworks often concern the complexity of the human condition, particularly within the facets of contemporary urban life. In his uniquely diverse body of work that includes paintings, sculptures, photography and installation art, Liu Wei frequently reworks found materials in an abstract manner. In doing so, the artist draws new meanings out of the materials. In his visual exploration of 21st century socio-political concepts, Liu Wei presents his viewers with abstract representations that crystalise China’s rapid transformations.

    As the first work from the artist’s Jungle series (2012-2014) to be offered at an international auction platform, Jungle No.6 is a prime example of Liu Wei’s industrial monochrome canvases that expand the scope of painting. Composed of a muted khaki sheet of rough canvas stretched over the frame, Liu Wei elevates the surface of the work through various thickly folded seams. Secured with hard creases visibly bolted to wooden supports, the structure of Liu Wei’s crisscrossed work denies the canvas of its conventional use as a surface for painting. The faintly discoloured nature of the canvas material suggests a life before being adhered to the artist’s frame, reflecting the artist’s influences found in the transforming urban landscape around him.

    Forming new architectural constructions in Exotic Lands No.14, Liu Wei also utilises salvaged debris to highlight upon the significance of mediums in the art-making process. Re-purposing industrial wooden doors and building materials, Liu Wei reassembles the found materials into abstract, geometric configurations. As suggested by the series title, Exotic Lands, the process of de-familiarising objects contributes to generating an unexpectedly foreign visual experience for the viewer. Furthermore, the artist’s process of dismantling followed by reconstruction echoes that of an evolving cityscape, thus providing the viewer with a somewhat ironic commentary concerning the contradictions of contemporary urban society.

    As a leading figure in China’s post-cultural revolution art establishment, Liu Wei’s work is widely collected and internationally celebrated. Alongside being exhibited in prestigious organisations worldwide (such as his first solo exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art) , Liu Wei’s artworks are included in numerous museum collections, including the M+Sigg Collection in Hong Kong, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The invitations for Liu Wei to exhibit at both the 2005 Venice Biennale and the most recent 2019 edition, confirms that the artist’s unique visual attraction continues to enrich the history of abstract art.

  • Catalogue Essay

    被廣泛認為是進入國際當代藝術領域的;並最具突破性和吸引力的中國藝術家之一,定居於北京的劉韡以多方位的藝術實踐超越了媒介和材質。作為成長於迅速的城市化進程和意識形態動盪時期的一代,劉韡的作品時常關注人的狀態之複雜性,尤其是當代城市生活的方方面面。在他包括了繪畫、雕塑、攝影和裝置藝術在內的獨特多元作品中,劉韡經常以抽象的形式對現成材料進行重新塑造。通過這種方式,藝術家從這些材料中挖掘出新的含義。在他對二十一世紀社會政治觀念的視覺探索中,劉韡以抽象的表現向觀者呈現了一幅描繪中國飛速轉型的清晰畫面。

    作為藝術家《叢林》系列(2012-2014年)中首件在一個國際拍賣平台上拍售的作品,《叢林6號》是劉韡對繪畫領域進行擴張後,充满工業感的單色畫典範。將一張柔和的卡其色粗糙畫布覆蓋於畫框之上,劉韡通過各種折疊得厚實之接縫將作品表面拉高。通過將堅硬的摺痕明顯地釘在木頭支撐上來做加固,劉韡作品中的十字交叉結構顛覆了畫布作為傳統意義上用做平面繪畫的功能。隱約褪色的畫布材質暗示著其被附著於藝術家的畫框之前的形態,影射了藝術家身邊變化之中的城市景觀對他所產生的影響。

    在《異域14號》中,劉韡也利用了源自廢棄的殘骸來構築新的建築構造,強調媒介在藝術創作過程中的重要性。將工業木門和建築材料重新利用,劉韡將現成的材質重新組裝,成為抽象、幾何形狀的結構。正如該系列的標題,《異域》所示,對物件陌生化的過程引發觀著產生意想不到的陌生視覺體驗作用。此外,藝術家在拆除之後緊跟著重建的過程也體現了城市風景的不斷演變,因此在一定程度上為觀者提供了對當代城市化社會所具有的矛盾和諷刺性評論。

    作為中國文革之後藝術領域的重要人物,劉韡的作品被廣泛收藏,且享譽國際。除了在全世界各地的著名機構舉辦展覽之外(例如在美國克利夫蘭美術館舉辦的個人展),劉韡的作品也被多個美術館所收藏,包括香港的M+希克藏品、墨爾本的維多利亞國家美術館、首爾的三星美術館,以及洛杉磯的漢莫爾美術館。於2005年以及最近的2019年舉辦的兩屆威尼斯雙年展均邀請劉韡參展,證明了藝術家的獨特視覺魅力在不斷豐富著抽象藝術的歷史。

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Property from a Prominent Hong Kong Collection

Liu Wei

Jungle No. 6

2012
canvas on wood
243 x 151.5 x 16.1 cm. (95 5/8 x 59 5/8 x 6 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2012.

Estimate
HK$350,000 - 450,000 
€40,300-51,800
$44,900-57,700

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019