This is the first exhibition of its kind in Toronto, as it will allow the public to see a face of China that is less familiar. When we think about Chinese art, it is ink calligraphy that instantly comes to mind. This is not what the viewer will find when visiting Emergence. The artworks showcased in Emergence is emblematic of a country that, for the best or the worst, is abreast of the times and maybe even ahead of it.
The eight Chinese artists invited to participate in Emergence explore the relationships between the parts and the whole on several different levels: the human versus nature (Li Wang), personal memory and how it relates with collective memory (Li Hongbo and Zhang Chunhua), the relationship between the spirit and the body (Zhou Song), how the particular relates with the universal and vice-versa (Wang Fei and Jia Xinyu), the complex dialogue between visual form, perception, content, and interpretation (Yang Shuwen and Jia Shanguo).
To find out more about each piece of artwork exhibited at EMERGENCE, read full version of our exhibition booklet.