A CITY TO WEAR 2.0 aims to examine the argument that the painting now is to “act on the painting”, rather than using it to represent contents and narratives, and it seeks to find paintings beyond “painting”, to explore that what kind of new possibilities is available for artists to create in paintings nowadays, with their experience of place and time. Whether to use painting as a medium, or as a context for experience, the paintings beyond painting demonstrate that painting nowadays is not the resurgence of the tradition, but a constantly changing definition that push the boundaries and bring in new possibilities. There are works of three ink painters included in this show, and the reason for that is the ink painting is traditionally considered none easel-painting, thus it faces a double challenge in the contemporary art world.
In 2014, A CITY TO WEAR, an exhibition held by Research House for Asian Art, explored the idea of how painters relate to their medium while being in the city and asked the question that why one would still be painting in Chicago, and why painting at present? Four years later, A CITY TO WEAR 2.0 continues to ask the critical questions on painting by inviting painters from Asia to participate. RHAA also plans to have the show to be hold every several years in celebrating of emerging artists’ works focusing on the embodiment of place and time and follows up the latest practice of the cutting-edge painting.
Decheng Cui, Etsu Egami, Yuting He, Leah Ke Yi, Yuji Kumon, Liao Liao, Mary Lou Zelazny, Dylan Rabe, Kevin Wolf, Yanzhen Wu, John Long Zhang, Zhaohui Zhang