From China Red to China Green
An Evening Discussion with WENDA GU, Artist and JOHNSON CHANG, Curator and Director, Hanart TZ Gallery
Wenda Gu is one of the most celebrated contemporary artists to emerge from China in the late 1980s. Born in Shanghai, Gu graduated from the Shanghai School of Arts and received his M.F.A. from the China Academy of Arts where he studied and also taught classical landscape painting. Since leaving China for the United States in 1987, he has established himself as a widely-respected and critically-acclaimed artist. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have visited Gu's large-scale installations, in which he morphs the traditional system of character writing to represent a new form of mysticism.
Gu will be joined by Johnson Chang, curator, co-founder of Asia Art Archive and director of Hanart TZ Gallery. The two will discuss Gu's recent work including his first installation in the Heavenly Lanterns series, which was set up in central Brussels and involved covering the Dynasty Building with 5,000 red and yellow lanterns and used his signature calligraphy to symbolize multiculturalism in modern society. He will also discuss China Park, a blueprint for an ecologically-friendly future city with a low carbon lifestyle that was inspired by Gu's design of a 'green forest calligraphy' and a "river calligraphy garden."
Co-organized with Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong