On the evening of July 14th, 2017, artist Wu Jian'an’s new exhibition “Daydream Forest: Wu Jian’an’s Image World” was opened at the University of Chicago Beijing Center curated by Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History at Department of Art History and Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at University of Chicago. Organized by UChicago Beijing Center, there were more than 120 people from art field and media attending this event.
Displayed here are two sets of works that he has specially created for this exhibition space.
“500 Brushstrokes fuses painting, papercut, and collage into a new form of two-dimensional art. The artist first draws random strokes on xuan paper with ink and traditional paint. He then cuts out every brushstroke and uses them to construct new compositions. Inspired by Han dynasty bronze “money trees,” Daydream Forest constructs mesmerizing 3-D structures with 2-D images of fantastic beasts.
Both sets of works derive their concepts from the art of folk papercuts but transform them into the language of contemporary art. Full of movement and dynamism, Wu Jian’an’s art merges concrete and abstract forms to generate infinite transformations.”