Perfect Duck Deep Pond

Sep 16, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017 Solo Exhibition

Opening: Sep 16, 2017 Saturday
Artists: Geng Yini
Address: chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai
Hanging Tower & Perfect Duck Deep Pond is Geng Yini’s latest exhibition featuring creations from 2017 as well as a selection of ear- lier works. If Geng’s past works could be described as psychotic carnivals of global culture, then this exhibition is a valiant adven- ture in reconciling the essence of traditional Chinese culture with the artist’s surrealistic tendencies.

In the Chinese title “Hanging Tower” refers to the kungfu kata - attack quickly; destroy the opponent’s central strength and fall him. Deep Pond Perfect Duck is the title of painting in which a gigantic duck, framed between two distant mountains, peacefully floats on a pond. For Geng, Hanging Tower represents the skillful grace of tradition, and its ability to persevere through the onslaught of change, while the ‘perfect duck’ alludes to youthful aspirations for an ideal life far from the reaches of reality. Geng’s shift of focus from international themes to traditional Chinese culture is rather recent, yet both have been informed by her long-term residence in the industrialized, yet peripheral, Northeastern city of Shenyang. Geng applies a peculiar curiosity of the world to real-life elements of her surroundings, creating a colorful, extreme, yet absurd pictorial language. Throughout the show a number of old sayings and folk wisdoms appear scribbled, graffiti-style, over the artist’s eclectic images. These thought-provoking proverbs eloquently evoke everyday and down-to-earth beauty while the correlated images often confound them. “Hanging Tower” is placed alongside “Perfect Duck Deep Pond”, but the two remain distinctly independent. Such harmony and stark disunity are the very essence of this exhibi- tion. Reality vs. fiction, tradition vs.innovation - these inner tensions are the hidden features of the works on display. “The two titular terms together embody connection and contradiction,” Geng Yini explained. “The theme of the exhibition comes from my work, and my work is derived from my life. This exhibition reflects my true feelings which stem from my social environment.”
INSTALLATION VIEWS
ARTWORKS
  • Wild | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 35 × 28 cm | 2017

  • Double Headed Species | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 260 × 180 cm | 2012

  • Perfect Duck Deep Pond | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 160 × 200 cm | 2017

  • Farmer & Snake | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 80 × 60 cm | 2017

  • The Terrorists | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 50 × 35 cm | 2013

  • Fight with Bare Hands | Geng Yini

    Installation | LED lights | 2017

  • Mentor and Model | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 180 × 150 cm | 2016

  • Life Winners | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 160 × 200 cm | 2017

  • The Magic Weapon | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 80 cm | 2017

  • Purr | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 150 cm | 2017

  • Gold Diggers Avenue | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on cavans | 160 × 200 cm | 2017

  • Snow of Kilimanjaro | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 160 × 180 cm | 2017

  • Super Hero 2 Pearl | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 140 × 160 cm | 2017

  • Brutal Kariru | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 180 × 160 cm | 2015

  • Stage Photo | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 150 × 200 cm | 2016

  • Black Market 1 | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 150 cm | 2016

  • Pioneer | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 70 × 50 cm | 2015

  • Labor & Harvest 2 | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 200 × 100 cm | 2017

  • Labor & Harvest 1 | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 200 × 110 cm | 2017

  • Salty Cherry | Geng Yini

    Sculpture | mixed media | 55 × 31 cm | 2017

  • Shelter2 | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 100 × 60 cm | 2017

  • Shelter1 | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 150 × 120 cm | 2017

  • Giant Peak 2 | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 80 × 60 cm | 2017

  • Giant Peak 1 | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 80 × 60 cm | 2017

  • Black Hole 1 | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 160 × 140 cm | 2017

  • Black Hole 3 | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on paper | 20 × 30 cm | 2017

  • Variety Yareta | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on paper | 60 × 80 cm | 2017

  • Yareta Clump | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 150 cm | 2017

  • Sticky Yareta derived parts | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 150 cm | 2017

  • Seek to be one | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on paper | 26 × 26 cm | 2017

  • Overprint | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on paper | 80 × 60 cm | 2017

  • The surface of the moon with holes | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on paper | 60 × 60 cm | 2017

  • Slipping sensation1 | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on paper | 80 × 60 cm | 2017

  • Slipping sensation2 | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on paper | 30 × 14 cm | 2017

  • Snake&Python in one nest1 | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on paper | 60 × 40 cm | 2017

  • Snake&Python in one nest2 | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on paper | 60 × 40 cm | 2017

  • 0317002 | Geng Yini

    Sculpture | mixed media | 36 × 26 × 46 cm | 2017

  • 0217000 | Geng Yini

    Sculpture | Super light clay, wood | 16 × 10 × 10 cm | 2017

  • 0617004 | Geng Yini

    Sculpture | Super light clay, argil | 30 × 40 × 30 cm | 2017

  • 0317003 | Geng Yini

    Sculpture | mixed media | 28 × 30 × 25 cm | 2017

  • The Waking of Insects | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 140 × 120 cm | 2017

  • Black bear dissect | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 150 cm | 2017

  • Slipping sensation3 | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on paper | 60 × 40 cm | 2017

  • May God give us success in all our work | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 160 cm | 2015

  • Place of desire | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 160 × 120 cm | 2013

  • Bind up | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 140 × 150 cm | 2013

  • Boxing Champion Simpson | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 70 × 50 cm | 2015

  • Nigergwara Falls | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on paper | 40 × 40 cm | 2017

  • Snow-facing master | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on paper | 60 × 40 cm | 2017

  • Wind-facing master | Geng Yini

    | oil on paper | 60 × 40 cm | 2017

  • Amazing Duck Deep | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 200 × 320 cm | 2017

  • Dirty Cabinet | Geng Yini

    Installation | 160 × 140 × 25 cm | 2013

  • Grandfather's love | Geng Yini

    Installation | mixed media | 250 × 130 cm | 2014

  • We always feel sad about the grand festivals | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 160 × 330 cm | 2015

  • Conspirator | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 150 × 120 cm | 2015

  • Slicle | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 180 × 120 cm | 2012

  • Garter Snake | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on paper | 50 × 50 cm | 2017

  • SLY2 | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 80 × 60 cm | 2017

  • SLY1 | Geng Yini

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 80 cm | 2017

  • Super Hero 1 | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 80 × 60 cm | 2017

  • EGO&ID | Geng Yini

    Painting | oil on canvas | 25 × 25 cm | 2017

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