Three years ago I wrote a couple of stories on his very interesting new generation and their works: one in Readers Digest Asia and the other one in Newsweek.
For this Niubi exhibition in particular, the focus explores a situation that is prevalent to this post-80’s generation in China today – them being “lost in transition” from education to working. Particularly for those who have chosen the field of art to be their careers, they are faced with struggles once they graduate from the art academies and enter into the so-called “work force”.
|liu guangguang - scattered dream|
|zhang qiang - labor series|
|Han Yajuan - Regimented Chic|
Being situated in a country that is going through rapid transformations, and in an art world and market that evolves so abruptly, how do artists at this stage of their career cope with this transition and establish themselves? Through their artworks each artist expresses his and her unique experience and feelings, aspirations, frustrations, sometimes with a cynical or whimsical take, creating raw originality and youthful energy.
(*“Niubi” is a slang swear word used often amongst Beijing youngsters. There is no official translation into English, but it would be something along the lines of “F&%$ing cool”.)