A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL

                      Solo Exhibition of Tan Ping                                                                   

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Untitled, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

Among the contemporary Chinese Artist, Tan ping is a very special one. Special here means he is a distinguish artist with multiple intellectual backgrounds, or you can say a versatile artist.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Relax, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

From his arts experience, we can see that at the beginning, he studied print-making in the most important art institutions of China¬¬—CAFA, where he acquired a strong ability of modeling, and then he went to study in Germany, in Berlin University of the Arts, where the freedom of modeling was emphasized, and students can choose any material as a media to create their art works.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

Later, when he returned to China, he undertook a new task of building up the Design Department of CAFA, and then the School of Design. He devoted most of his time and energy to the basis teaching of design and the teaching of visual communication, while, at the same time, besides making prints, he also created lots of sketch works and bunch of oil paintings to express his feelings. He works between painting and design, which gives him a ability to plant his personal art expression into public spaces.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Condition No.4, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

In Chinese contemporary art area, it is very difficult to find an artist like him who can not only shuttle freely, but also make such cross-type practice, exploration and creation between different areas.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Bloom, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

Also, it’s his way of cross-major and cross-media thinking, researching, as well as creation that determines the general appearance of Tan ping's paintings.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

When put his characteristics of painting into the history of Chinese contemporary art, the important features of Chinese contemporary art in such a culture interaction era are much more obvious.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": A Fairy Tale, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

From Tan ping’s works, we can see that the general form of his art is abstract. The experiment of abstract art in China is started in 1980 after the reform and opening-up.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Untitled, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

The abstract art has already been a popular art form in western countries. Compared with the realistic painting which develops from traditional art, abstract art opens up the space for artists to express themselves, and also present the art language in the form of self-sufficiency and self-discipline.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Peeking, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

Although every abstract artist has his own style, all of them find a direct connection between the languages of art and the spiritual expression of themselves.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

The abstract art of western countries, to Chinese artists is a historical experience, and it is also a very difficult question of how to find its new meaning in the context of the development and of China and its culture background. Chinese artists have to find the original point of abstract paintings, only in this way, they won’t be just the succession of tradition and history of the West.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

When chose abstract art to express himself, Tan ping has a clearly view towards his culture position. He doesn’t like to be the successor of western abstract art, but to create an abstract art according to time and Chinese characteristics. To a certain extent, his painting can be called “post- abstract art”.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Grestation, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Fission, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Untitled, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Position, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Microcosimic, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

In Tan ping’s works, there are circle-shaped conglomerations spreading on the canvas. Because the space of his work is constructed with color conglomerations, these circle-shaped conglomerations are like floaters in the air, in a certain order, but with a much more free state of spreading of extending, and sometime even left their trace of growing and moving on the canvas.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Dialysis, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

Obviously, these conglomerations are from Tan ping’s personal experience, which he got from the feeling towards cells he saw in the hospital.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Ulcer No.4, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

Taking the state of cells as the motivation of his creation, he focus his works on the state of “spreading” and “extending”, and it is also the theme image of his paintings.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Untitled, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

During the process of painting, he follows his feeling of “spreading” and “extending”, just like writing unconsciously, converting these emotions into structures and images.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Flying No.2, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

The flat background of his paintings are usually constructed by pure and powerful colors, but at the same time between the theme images and the background, on the contrary, he uses exquisite strokes to make color transition, making the images stick together with the background rather than isolated, as if there are space to breath and growth in between.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Section, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

Starting from a very specific objects and then express it in an abstract way is a very important feature of Tan ping’s art.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Convulsion No.1, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

It also remind us that although abstract painting is a traditional language of art form, but under the new culture condition, artists can also create new abstract art form according to the social realities and one’s living experience.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Breeding No.2, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

“Spreading” and “extending” are not only rules of cells growth, but also the general rules of the whole world. From this point, Tan ping’s abstract paintings has a connotation of sociology. He starts from a concern of practical world, taking the feeling towards real life and real world as a chance to express himself

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

however only using abstract language or images as a medium. We can read a real state of life and common experience from his paintings, and also from this point, his abstract paintings is not a simple extension of the West style, or a response to western abstract art at a normal level, but a spiritual and emotional image base on the soil of real life in China, especially the real state of culture situation.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Attected No.3, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Beauty, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

Tan ping tries to use different mediums to express his feeling, and what important is that he is keeping think about philosophy, history and reality while creating art works, in order to make his thoughts more wider.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Rebirth as Butterflies, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

To the design education and design teaching, he is good at enlighten students with socio-cultural realities, and search design proposition from realities. Sometimes, he even ask the students to do interviews and social investigation, to outspread design propositions into real social environment, giving it a social property, and let student not only to treat design as a functional task but as a sociological thinking.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Untitled, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Untitled, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Condition No.3, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Condition No.4, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

His thought is always on a level of sociology, thinking about the culture problems in the society, which injects a much wider culture value into art. His abstract art is base on the experience of art history, while at the same time having a close relationship with contemporary art, which made his art an important creation that reflects today Chinese art culture.

"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping": Untitled, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"A METAPHOR OF THE PAINFUL-Solo Show of Tan Ping" Exhibition Scene, Tan Ping, 2008.11.17-2008.12.01, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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