ONE DAY IN DONGGUAN
December 5, 2009 – February 5, 2010
Reception on Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 5-7 pm
J&Z Gallery is pleased to present the artist Li Jinghu’s first gallery exhibition- “One Day in Dongguan”. The exhibition highlights the latest large installation work specially designed for the gallery space, leading audience to a strange yet creative factory. The exhibition will last for two months, from Dec.5th, 2009 to Feb.5th, 2010.
Dongguan-based artist Li Jinghu has witnessed with his own eyes the tremendous changes occurred at the frontline of the implementation of China’s reform and opening up policy since mid 1980s. This experience distinguishes him from other artists from Beijing or Shanghai, and also helps to cultivate his plain yet humorous artistic language. The exhibition title concerns both time and space, when ages rapidly evolve and where people struggle to survive.
The city of Dongguan in Zhujiang Delta is one of world’s largest manufacturing bases. Migrant workers swarmed in from around the nation, making it a real ‘City of Manufacturing’. However, this city is different from its rich neighbor Shenzhen, though where is also full of migrant workers. It is a city stuffed with cheap labor, all working in closed and depressed environment. They are impoverished, anchorless, yet independent and self-contented. Its unique economic atmosphere and population status would be the reason for that Dongguan carries a very different cultural characteristic.
During the exhibition, the gallery will be turned into a miniature factory with equipments, showing what it likes as “One day” in the workshop or even in the city. “White Cloud”, composed of hundreds of fluorescent lamps, occupies the center of the gallery. The huge and bright lightening above looks like the shinning clouds, yet somehow stunning enough. “Factory” tries to simulate and restore a working scene by transplanting what happens in reality. With strict working regulations and the routine on-site laboring, it is not difficult to imagine how boring to have such life day after day. Besides “White Cloud”, the artist’s works as “Counting Stars” and “Rainbow” are also mixtures of poetry and violence, making themselves the vivid contradictions. These works are adapted from commonplace things in the factory or daily life, blending reality and imagination by combining images and scenes together.
Li Jinghu, born in Dongguan, Guangdong, 1972, is now living and working there. He graduated from Art College of Guangzhou Huanan Normal University in 1996. In 2006, he held his exhibition “No Problem” in Shenzhen Sculpture Museum, and has also participated in many contemporary art exhibitions in Shenzhen, Beijing, and Hong Kong.
J&Z Gallery, established in 2007, is located in Shenzhen OTC-Loft, next to He Xiangning Art Musuem. J&Z Gallery aims to encourage artistic innovation by exploring and promoting the possibilities from the younger generation of Chinese artists. The gallery has managed to give exhibitions on painting, sculpture, video, installation and photograph. Artists may find it a tolerant platform for their creative concepts and avant styles.