In Praise of Blandness

Liu Guofu
2022
Soft cover

Publisher: 3812 Gallery

Dimensions: 215 x 280 mm

pages: 154
We are proud to present In Praise of Blandness, Liu Guofu’s solo exhibition in our London gallery this autumn. Presenting the artist’s brand-new works Flower, Pervasion and Cold Mountain, the exhibition demonstrates Liu Guofu’s new artistic developments by showing these works for the very first time. 
 
Liu was born in Nanjing, China, in 1964. Melding motions of light with air where ‘light’ brings out its depth and ’air’ helps disperse the ‘light’ to every corner of the piece, the artwork’s symbolic blue-greyish colour is fundamental to Liu’s signature style. Up close, the brushstrokes are chaotic and fragmented, yet from a distance these brushstrokes gather to form a poetic tranquility. Liu’s abstract calligraphic-style, with deliberately illegible markings, overlap in tens of layers to create a fragile texture, reassembling dreams and illusions, smoke and water. He masterfully combines mystics of eastern aesthetics with influences of western modern art such as impressionism and abstract expressionism to create a sort of blandness that encapsulates, in the artist’s own words, ‘elegance, sophistication, aftertaste and eternity’.
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