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Art in Space Exhibition

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Published on Sep 14, 2010

Shanghai Times Square, in collaboration with Leo Gallery, presented an ambitious project involving artists Kum Chi Keung from Hong Kong, Qu Guangci from Beijing, Xu Hongfei from Guangzhou and Zhang Ning from Shanghai from June 25 to July 19, 2010. Several Large-scale installation pieces brought an experience of optimism and enlightenment by directing our senses upward. Also present was Cissy Pao Watari, chairman of Hong Kong Arts Centre. Kum Chi Keung is a prolific and well-known installation artist in Hong Kong. His two works were presented including Space for Lease, a rocket ship-inspired birdcage installation recognized as 2009's Best of Year Artworks by Interior Design magazine. Space for Lease by Kum Chi Keung
Spaceship represents the civilization and advanced technology of human beings. It is a tool to explore the space out of our earth. There are 40-50 figures inside the structure, whose heads are made from small birdcages. They are running around this play field and are curious about everything.
Big Boy by Kum Chi Keung
Big Boy is a vigorous, optimistic and active kid, not an astronaut. He is natural green and loves sunshine and clear water. After a space travel, he becomes big both in body and mind which does not change his love to nature. u Guangci(???)is a sculptor known for redefining the ideology of political sculpture. His envisioned Mao sculptures have been exhibited throughout the world, including New York. Most recently, his widely popular solo exhibit entitled Angel with a Mission was held at the Hong Kong Art Centre in conjunction with the Art HK art fair.

The work of Xu Hongfei(???)is full of life and a sense of humor and traits. He often features full-figured women, full of optimism and flying forward as if chasing after all that lift can offer. He has also been invited to create public sculpture works including Bobo Girl, a permanent installation in Beijing's Olympic Village and Peanut- which in Chinese sounds like the word "vigor" -- for the city of Guangzhou.
Childlike by Xu Hongfei
A sculpture that embodies maternal love, the innocence of children and the happiness from being with one's family.
Flying Bicycle by Xu Hongfei
A plump woman flies onto her bike, contradicting the stereotype that being overweight is equivalent to being clumsy. The sculpture aims to demonstrate that aesthetics and perception are multitudinous.
Dance of the Mother Earth by Xu Hongfei
Mother Earth is an earthy woman; she's plump, she's happy and she dances with exuberance, summarizing the beauty of life.
Zhang Ning(??)is an emerging artist and former apprentice of Wu Guangci.
Meeting Dongyuan Again by Zhang Ning
Though we seem to become further and further distanced from traditional Chinese landscape painting in the contemporary environment, traditional art is still rooted within our hearts. When I look out into the middle of today's concrete jungle, my mind thinks of the landscape, as did the famous landscape painter Dongyuan. Despite being from different times, I feel connected to him in mind and spirit thus, meeting Dongyuan again.

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