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Chen Minghui, Zou Qionghui - Cicadas & Swamps: Metaphors and Records



Cicadas & Swamps: Metaphors and Records
Chen Minghui, Zou Qionghui

August 4 - 11, 2016
Opening Reception: August 4, 2016 from 17:00-21:00


All kinds of creatures were born in the intersection of the earth and ocean. The generosity of nature holds the bigness and pureness of life, which makes artists keep on searching for the origin of the truth. The world as a whole is connected by its own logic, and we share information, experience and evolution. The diversity of Eastern and Western cultures are like the two poles of a dialectical unity, they meant to be together.

With the aim of introducing Chinese contemporary arts, Art Calorie is pleased to present Cicadas & Swamps: Metaphors and Records, a joint exhibition of two contemporary Chinese artists Zou Qionghui amd Chen Minghui, on view at Gallery 50 on Thursday, August 4, 2016 and run through August 11. The opening reception takes place from 17:00-21:00 on Thursday, August 4, 2016. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Zou Qionghui is an associate professor and master supervisor of Chengdu Academy of Fine Arts under Sichuan Academy of Music. In her early years, she graduated from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts with excellent academic performance, and then engaged in advanced studies in Beijing Film Academy and Central Academy of Fine Arts. She kept creating and thinking in her studies, and formed her own art style and painting pattern during that period of time.

As a member of Toronto Artists Association, Chen Minghui graduated from Harbin Normal University with Education of Art, and then entered into OCAD University and New York Studio School for furthur studies in the filed of oil painting, drawing, painting & sculpture. His artworks are reflections of his lifespan, which express his understanding towards the philosophy of life. During the process of arts making, he focused more on his memories, rather than what people would see in a real world.

The exhibition features artworks from Zou and Chen who express their reflection on the relationship between human, society, and nature. Zou interprets life through Cicadas’ life span; in her paintings, cicadas become her coded language, metaphors for human’s spiritual loss in the materialistic society. Can human escape the emptiness of life and reborn like cicadas? Chen examines the destruction of nature caused by modern society; he preserves his childhood memory of swamps into record-style paintings. Through scanning the dimensions of space and the pot of time, he choses the simplicity of black and white to express his understanding towards nature, and how people could interact with nature harmoniously.

Cicadas & Swamps: Metaphors and Records showcases the unique artistic styles of the two artists, resonates with the viewers, and stimulates thinking. In this contemporary age, both of the artists want to offer the world some unique feelings from heart, instead of repeating the way of existing thoughts and practices.

Please join us for our opening reception on Thursday, August 4, 2016, from17:00-21:00, at Gallery 50.


濕地是水域和陸地的結合地帶,水土交融造就了生命,正如兩級相吸為地球運動之源,黑白並存為宇宙之本。艺术家一直在尋求怎样把東方的东西與西方的東西运用到当代艺术之中,希望能很好地让世界了解中国的当代艺术。了解東方的理念,東、西方的文化既是對立又是統一的。因为这个世界本身就连接在一起了,所有生活的信息、生活的事件以及生活的进程都不可分割。


青年艺术家邹琼辉是川音成都美术学院的副教授、硕士生导师。早年,她以优异成绩从四川美术学院毕业,又先后进修于北京电影学院和中央美术学院。邹琼辉一边学习,一边创作,一边思考,逐步形成了她的探索路径和风格指向。

作为多伦多艺术家协会的一员,陈明辉毕业于哈尔滨师范大学美术教育系。他随后进入安大略艺术设计学院及纽约工作室学校,在油画和雕塑方面进一步深造。他的作品一直記錄著他的生命阶段,也是他真实情感的再现。在进行艺术创作的工程中,他側重表现內心的記憶,而不是所看到的視覺形象。

两位艺术家分别用蝉与湿地作为意象表达了他们对人与社会,人与自然的思考。邹琼辉从蝉的生命历程感悟人生:蝉蜕被她用作画中符号,隐喻人们在忙碌的物质社会中变成迷失精神的空壳。人能否逃脱虚无,如蝉般蜕变重生?陈明辉反思现代社会对自然的破坏,把儿时湿地的记忆做成唱片的样式封存起来。行走于时间和空间的长河,他选择用简单的黑白色来表达他对自然的理解,以及人是否能与自然的互动更加和谐。

《蝉·湿地:隐喻与封存》展现了两位艺术家独特的创作风格,也旨在引起观者的情感共鸣与思考。两位现代艺术家都想要从自己的角度提供一些新的感受给世界,而不是重复过去的思维和视觉方式。

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