Acrylic and pencil on canvas
200 x 175 cm
Mai Zhixiong (1969 – 2004) was born in a family of mechanics and graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1994. Hans van Dijk, then director of the New Amsterdam Art Consultancy, noticed his series of abstract paintings and signed a contract to represent him; in 1998, Mai Zhixiong exhibited in the traveling group show Mondrian in China, and since then, he has struggled between his livelihood and his art.
Mai Zhixiong’s paintings start from a fictional objective material monolith and depict a larger objective world scenario by exacerbating the unfamiliarity of the object itself and its concept of name. Typically, he uses only three colors per painting, chosen in strict accordance with the color scale used for printing. The interweaving of pencil outlines and airbrushed and hand-painted colors creates a critical state of seeming clarity and contradiction, where meaning stands still, blurs, and dissipates. Wooden molds of mechanical forms are also an important part of his creations. These molds deconstruct and reorganize the mechanical structure and the display of mechanical law, and show the abstract and rational aesthetics of the mechanical form itself in the form of art. Mai’s works seem to foretell and preview the reproducibility of artworks, and thus question the meaning and value of thought, practice, and art itself.
Horizons: Is there anybody out there?
2023.09.16 – 2023.10.25
Curator: Robin Peckham
Participating Artists: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Dora Budor, Hilo Chen, Xinyi Cheng, Cui Jie, Simon Denny, Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, Buck Ellison, Carolyn Forrester, Owen Fu, Sayre Gomez, Guan Xiao, Han Bing, Tishan Hsu , Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Allison Katz, KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch & Debo Eilers), Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Josh Kline, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Heidi Lau, Li Ming, Yong Xiang Li, Liu Chuang, Jr-Shin Luo, Nancy Lupo, Mai Zhixiong, Helen Marten, Alexandra Noel, Peng Zuqiang, Tara Walters, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Xie Nanxing, Joseph Yaeger, Yu Honglei, Yu Peng, Zhao Gang, Zhou Siwei (alphabetically)