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'New Acquaintances' come together in new Chelsea group show

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This month, four artists come together to participate in the latest group show New Acquaintances—works by GAMA, Fu Xiaotong, Wang Fengge, and Chen Baoyang. These artists come from different backgrounds and have different styles, but all of their work centers upon the history of Chinese art.

One of the artists known as “GAMA,” is from Mongolia and is influenced by shamanism, which is the study of understanding human consciousness. After studying painting at the Karlsruhe Academy of Art, and the New Leipzig School both in Germany, he became familiar with the works of well-known contemporary artists such as Gustav Kluge, Gehrard Richter, and Georg Baselitz.

One of GAMA’s paintings in this show is Gemach II (Chamber II) featuring a bed with several colorful sheets and mattress stacked on top with items such as postcards, stockings, or a toy elf hanging from the edges. Another intriguing work by GAMA is Seltene Erde II (Rare Earth II which illustrates a keyboard with splotches of dirt on top from which several mushrooms, both small and large, have grown. A group of wolves are gathered by the trunks and on top of the tallest mushroom, a monkey can be seen feeding a bird.

Wang Fengge is from Shanxi and a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. For this show, she offers paintings on a monochromatic canvas that show obscured images of buildings and landscapes. Like Fengge, Fu Xiatong is also from Shanxi and also studied at Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. She works with handmade paper and then engages in the rigorous process of digging into the paper with a needle to make marks ranging from pin-pricks to directional slashes to emphasize the details of vast mountain ranges.

Chen Baoyang is the youngest artist of the group from Hangzhou, who studied photography, video, and related media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His father is a painter and has therefore, been exposed to the continuity of the Chinese visual culture. His works in this show include The Spring of Su Di, and Coming Home, which are inkjet on Chinese silk images of haphazard design patterns.

About his work, Baoyang says, “I convert the brushwork to create new arrangements of pixels and color information based upon the original Shan Shui (Chinese landscape) paintings. . . my digital methodologies provide me working techniques of universalism, repetition, randomness and effortless-action.”

At Chambers Fine Art, 522 W. 19th St., through Aug. 16. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 10 a.m.—6 p.m. There will be an opening reception Jul. 10 from 6—8 p.m.

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