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Plane art exhibition is far from plain

"FOLDED Plane" is more about an interpretation toward the hidden meaning behind the artworks than a mere description of this rare experimental exhibition organized by Mingyuan Art Center.

It features 22 artists from both home and abroad.

"The title is no longer the issue of the visual area, but a proposition in thinking," explains Hang Zhouxiao, the academic consultant of the exhibition. "Folding is based on a plane, but it also destroys the plane, which finally makes it into another space. For example, a piece of empty paper could be viewed as a two-dimensional plane, the space becomes three-dimensional through folding."

Like the name suggests, this exhibition is a challenge to visitors, as they might need their own "folding" toward the interpretation of the artworks on display.

Many art lovers are familiar with Zhang Enli, a big shot on the international art stage. Zhang painted a pictorial environment of his living quarters but left out the objects and furniture, of which the presence is rendered through contours, blank spaces on the walls and shadows on the floor. Executed in a very transparent application of oil paint, almost like watercolor, the images that the artist renders to the viewers are in a constant state of eclipse and fading.

Xu Shijun, a 27-year-old artist whose early works are photographs of his father and his close friends, discusses his own identity and the relationship among individuals.

But from his works created in 2009, he has shifted his interest to the living space of the city. He is not only the city's actor, but also a recorder. Through his lens, visitors can catch sight of some details in the city, something usually ignored. These details, in his view, are associated with a certain connection, either coming from memories, dreams or personal experience.

Compared with the above two artists, Austrian artist Barbara Anna Husar's work might be even more difficult to understand. Her video titled "AstralSculpture" focuses on the gene information that grows permanently under the source of life unchanged.

Date: through May 30 (closed on Mondays), 10am-4pm

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