Shi Jing and Wu Didi: Beauty of Mountain, Insect and Plant

Shi Jing and Wu Didi

Chambers Fine Art (522 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011, USA), Jan 8–Feb 28, 2015

In looking at these works by Shi Jing and Wu Didi, one might be loosely reminded of the Butterfly Effect. Wu Didi looks closely at insects and plants—at times softly, at others effecting collisions in which bamboo stems split and fuse painfully together (“Not in Contradiction”, 2014)—but always delicately and in detail. Shi Jing’s paintings rely on twists of the brush and changes in the angle of the stroke to conjure phantom-like shapes—mainly mountainous landscapes (“Painting the Lu Mountain with Luck”, 2014). Without these subtle movements, the canvases would be flat white.

Neither series can be called forceful; they are more inclined to be decorative. Both artists present their compositions in a self-contained manner, without context. Nonetheless, each succeeds in delivering traditional subjects in a contemporary manner through a degree of either abstraction, or aggression.

Exhibition View
Exhibition View

Wu Didi, “No Weeds No.7″, oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 66 3/4 in, 2014
吴笛笛 (b. 1976),《没有杂草 7》,布面油画,75 x 170 cm,2014
Wu Didi, “Not in Contradiction”, oil on canvas, 47 1/4 x 94 1/2 in, 2014
吴笛笛 (b. 1976),《并非自相矛盾》,布面油画,120 x 240 cm,2014
Shi Jing, “Mountain of Flowers with Beautiful Stamen”, oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 39 1/4 in, 2013
史晶 (b. 1971),《花山妙蕊图》,布面油画,90 x 100 cm,2013
Shi Jing, “Painting the Lu Mountain with Luck”, oil on canvas, 39 1/4 x 27 1/2 in, 2013
史晶 (b. 1971),《引瑞画庐图》,布面油画,100 x 70 cm,2013

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