“What is in the painting reflects what is in the heart. The heart is our awareness that embodies all the knowledge and emotions in both our subconscious and conscious mind. The heart and the paintings are hand in glove, where the heart is the source of the paintings which in turn is the materialisation of the heart. Safekeeping the heart, the paintings are waiting to be unlocked and discovered.”— Li Lei
Notably, through the modernisation of China and the constant engagement between the East and West over the last century, the definition of “Eastern” is eschewing the unilateral insider-outsider division. It embraces the truths of Universalism, epitomising the Eastern values and spirituality which manifest in the interplay between social, cultural and artistic spheres. Calvin Hui, Co-founder and Artistic Director of 3812 Gallery said: ‘The exhibition reflects 3812’s dedication to fostering cultural understanding of Chinese contemporary art with “Eastern Origin and Contemporary Expression”. Hosting Mind-Scape V at 3812’s London Gallery marks a significant moment in the gallery’s life: it is the gallery’s effort to bring ink art and its development under the spotlight of globalization, building on previous intellectual subjects while assessing and affirming the core values and aesthetic acumen of 3812 Gallery. In the meanwhile, we present our full and diverse offering and the stable of talent to London’s contemporary art scene as well as bringing in Eastern culture.’ He also said, ‘Mind-Scape brings together a group of artists who not only have expanded the horizon of contemporary Chinese art practice, but also developed their unique and universal language in understanding the “mind” of ancient wisdoms and “art” as self-expression. Their works are both forward-looking and grounded in Chinese traditions, planting the seeds for the development of Chinese art in a global context.’
Using a range of disciplines from Chinese ink and coffee on paper to acrylic and oil on canvas, the artists who make up Mind-Scape V are: Sophie CHANG, Chloe HO, LI Lei, LIU Guofu, QU Leilei, WANG Huangsheng, WANG Jieyin and XUE Song.