Yuan Jai: Light Within
“Light Within” is a citation from Han officer and scholar Cui Yuan (78-143)’s Zou you ming (motto): “Remain untainted among the grime; the light contained within darkness.” In essence, it means that people with real talents and virtues are humble and reserved, and seek only inner fulfilment instead of outward vanity — a reflection of what the artist admires and wishes to pursue in life.
Yuan Jai: Light Within focuses on Yuan Jai’s recent painting practices, from 2018 to 2020, to explore how she revives the potential of Chinese ink painting by continuously positioning the narrative within the relationship between the individual and history. Only by locating these narratives within continuous—rather than fragmented—cultural processes can the artist enter the realm of life philosophy through the composition of a painting.
There are different paths up the same mountain
In the depths of the night, they all reveal one thousand snowy cliffs
On the other side of this labyrinth of stones lies a pool of gently rippling spring water.
The universe contains a righteousness that flows through all things,
from the rivers and mountains below to the sun and the stars above.
– Wen Tianxiang, “Song of Righteousness”
By employing many subtle variations in her layers of line and color, Yuan Jai creates fluid tableaus of multitudinous, nonlinear, and centerless motion. The ceaseless fluctuations of color present visions of a vivid, lithe topography. The accumulated sediments of the millennia unite with the dynamic terrain of the present, transforming us into nomads within the moodscapes of her paintings while avoiding an overly concrete intellectual significance. Instead, her work invites us to directly interact with the history and motifs of painting itself.
Photo: Wen Peng
Courtesy of the Artist and Vitamin Creative Space
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2022 年2月5日- 4月16日
周三至周日，上午 11 点至下午 5 点 • 周一，周二闭馆
电话: +86 20-31043759
Vitamin Creative Space
February 5 – April 16, 2022
Hualong Agriculture Grand View Garden, Panyu, Guangzhou
Daily Opening Hours
Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm • Closed on Monday and Tuesday (hours may vary)
Please reserve a time slot to visit the exhibition via the official website of Mirrored Gadrens.
Tel: +86 20-31043759
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