post-title Huang Zejian + Bu Yunjun | Migrant Bird Space | 26.10.-21.12.2019

Huang Zejian + Bu Yunjun | Migrant Bird Space | 26.10.-21.12.2019

Huang Zejian + Bu Yunjun | Migrant Bird Space | 26.10.-21.12.2019

Huang Zejian + Bu Yunjun | Migrant Bird Space | 26.10.-21.12.2019

until 21.12. | #2607ARTatBerlin | Migrant Bird Space presents from 26th October 2019 an exhibition with artworks by the artists Huang Zejian and Bu Yunyun.

Two Chinese artists exploring the sensuality and inherent eroticism of everyday materials and images. Both work in a variety of media, yet base their initial approach to art on the medium of photography.

Employing amorphous shapes made out of mixed materials and nylon fabric, Huang Zejian’s sculptures fathom human sexuality and the particular appeal of human limbs. He uses photographs of body parts to print on nylon textiles or satin, which he then fills with EPS Polystyrene, suing his pieces together to create disturbing installations of a surreal beauty. While these sculptures remain entirely abstract, the sexual innuendo is undeniable, making it difcult, in fact, to display parts of Huang’s work in China. To Huang, the human body is central to his work in every aspect as “it cannot hide human desires and inner conflict, it’s the only medium for sex and eroticism.” (2018)

ART at Berlin - Migrant Bird Space - Bu Yunyun
IMG_20190627_0009, 2019 © Huang Zeijan, Migrant Bird Space

Bu Yunjun has a professional background in painting, yet decided to pursue his interest and talent in photography. He collects everyday scenes and objects as a well as, oftentimes, vintage photos of classical Chinese painting, which he photographs and translates into an abstracted minimalist language. According to Bu, both classical photography and what we may consider as “useless” imagery have a value in their own regard. How we evaluate a picture depends on how we recognize it. “I am interested in the condition between real photographic works and useless images. This grey zone gives me inspiration for how I see an image and how to make one.” By stripping a photo of all unnecessary content, he seeks to uncover basic information, while reflecting on our personal relationship to images and their cultural merit as such. At the same time, his minimalist work has an inherent sensuality. An indispensable part of it is the interplay of shadows and light — sometimes hardly any light at all—, which lends Bu’s images a tangible, threedimensional quality with a focus on delicate surfaces, fabrics and folds. “I have been trying to figure out the relationship between subject and light — this is what brings a work into being. And through seemingly underexposed photos, I wanted to find a critical point between light and the photographed subject. What exists at this point is what I think is the most real.”

ART at Berlin - Migrant Bird Space - Huang ZeijanUntitled, 2010 © Bu Yunyun, Migrant Bird Space

After their group show at Migrant Bird Space Beijing in 2018, this is the artists’ first exhibition in Berlin.

Huang Zejian, born 1992 in QingYuan, China. Works and lives in Milan. 2018 MFA, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy, 2011 BFA, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

Bu Yunjun, born 1982 in Sichuan Province. Works and lives in Beijing. 2017 Graduation from Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu

Selected Exhibitions

Huang Zejian

Solo Exhibitions
2019 World of Lacquer: Vessel&Form—2019, Hubei International Triennial of Lacquer Art, Hubei Museum of Art, WuHan, HB, China

Group Exhibitions
5 ARTISTI, EX-studio of Piero Manzoni, Milan, Italy
RI-LEVANTE Group Exhibition, SÌ Studio, Milan, Italy
2018 “One Week”, Studio Giuseppe Maraniello, Milan, Italy
Open Style,Youth Lacquer Art Creative Research Exhibition, Hubei Museum of Art, WuHan, China
2018 -le mutisme -le serein -le sillage -le murmure , Migrant Bird Space, Beijing, China
2017 Opening, AVANTLAB, Milan, MI, Italy
2016 World of Lacquer: Cycle of Time, Hubei International Triennial of Lacquer Art, Hubei Museum of Art, WuHan, China
2015 Spring is coming, Sealink Gallery, Hangzhou, China
The Depth of Lacquer, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
2014 The Twelfth National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the Foundation of the People’s Republic of China, Fuzhou

Bu Yunyun

Solo Exhibitions
2018 IMAEG, mocube, Beijing, China
2016 jpg, telescope, Beijing, China
2015 eh, 55gallery, shanghai, China
2014 Contingency with Never-ending Passion. We said, Let there be space, and at once there was space, Telescope, Beijing, China

Group Exhibitions
2018 Traces of Abandonment, Mstudio, Beijing, China
2018 -le mutisme -le serein -le sillage -le murmure , Migrant Bird Space, Beijing, China
2017 Singapore Contemporary Art Show, Suntec Singapore Convention Exhibition Centre, Singapore
2016 Poets of Beijing, Marres — House for Contemporary Culture, Netherlands
It is exactly as if it had never happened, 1house, Beijing, China
2015 Take a few steps back from the results to the causes of reduction, DU Lab, Shenzhen, China
The Sixth Bullet, Hunsand Space, Beijing, China
2012 Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea

Vernissage: Friday, 25th October 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Exhibition period: Saturday, 26th October – Saturday, 21st December 2019

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Image caption cover: © Huang Zejian “sexy dreams”, Academy of Fine Arts Brera, Milan 2017

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