LU CHAO Black Dots 陸超 |黑點
07/03/2019 – 11/05/2019
HdM GALLERY – 1st Floor, 42 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2YH
This Spring ‘Black Dots’ by Lu Chao will be present at HdM GALLERY. The sixth instalment in a range of sequential exhibitions exploring the colour black, ‘Black Dots’ continues Lu Chao’s trademark investigation into issues of identity and the unknown, mass society vs. the individual. Following exhibitions at HdM GALLERY in Beijing, this will be Lu Chaos fifth show with the gallery and his first exhibition at the London gallery. The show will open on March 7th and last until May 11th 2019.
A collector of faces
Inspired by both Chinese and Western philosophy, Lu Chao’s large scale, monochromatic oil paintings are surrealist dreamscapes. An astute observer of society in all its guises, Lu Chao’s approach is part painter, part sociologist and his paintings shine a searing spotlight on the human condition. Drawing inspiration from the quotidian, Lu Chao uses newspapers, magazines but also his personal experience and daily travels to create his canvases, scouring the faces of passers-by before transcribing these faces to canvas. He describes, “imagining the story behind every face.”
“Every dot on the canvas is like the birth of a new ‘life’ in the universe, and its relationship to time and space makes me very curious” – Lu Chao
Influenced by his upbringing in densely-populated mainland China, Lu Chao is fascinated by the notion of the crowd – “I love crowds, I fear them and I am curious about the life of each member.” His previous paintings are populated by miniature armies of figures and teem with a restless humanity. Rendered with meticulous precision, Lu Chao’s miniature figures and his use of monochrome reference traditional Chinese ink painting which he developed a passion for whilst at university in Beijing. Just as Lu Chao draws out the individual from within the crowd in his crowd scenes, in the new work, ‘Black Dots’ he uses the dot as a symbol to explore ideas of “similarity, uniqueness, tininess and the mystery of life.”
About the Artist
Born in 1988 in Shenyang, Lu Chao trained at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing before completing his Masters at the Royal College of Art in London. He currently works between London and Beijing and has exhibited widely, both in China and Europe, and has participated in major art fairs such as Art Basel and Art Basel Hong Kong. His work features in several major collections induding the Louis Vuitton Collection (Paris), the Today Art Museum (Beijing) and the MARTa Herford museum in Germany. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with academic texts by the artist’s professor Jonathan Miles (Royal College of Art) and curator James Putnam as well as an interview by Olivia Sand in Asian Art Newspaper.
在今年春季，藝術家陸超個展《黑點》將在HdM畫廊倫敦空間展出。此次展覽《黑點》延續了陸超的以“黑”顏色為中心展開的標誌性符號，與過往六個個展形成一種無名的序列感，意在探索大眾與個體，身份認知和遺失的問題。此次是陸超與HdM畫廊的第五次個展合作，也是其第一次以個展形式在倫敦展出。展覽將在 2019 年 3 月 7 日開幕，持續至 5 月 11 日。
陸超 1988 年生於中國沈陽，本科畢業於中央美術學院油畫系，後赴英國皇家藝術學院獲研究生學位，現工作生活在倫敦。陸超曾多次參加國內外畫廊和機構展覽，如北京HdM畫廊、巴黎Nathalie Obadia畫廊和倫敦Rosenfeld Porcini畫廊；北萊茵馬爾塔赫爾福博物館、倫敦維多利亞宮倫敦、成都當代美術館和北京今日美術館等。近年獲得薩奇New Sensation 提名和英國Painter – Stianers Goron Luton獎等眾多獎項。
Edited by Qiwen Ke