Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok
Sep 18 - Oct 31, 2021
F**k It Up, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 172 x 310 cm (172 x 90 cm x 3)
All images courtesy of Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok
Imagining forms of life is a source of creative inspiration for Li Erpeng. He transfers living things invented in his mind onto the canvas, representing them as soft, energetic forms in primary colors. Relationships between objects that do not offer any clear references serve as metaphors, and perceptions that are distant from everyday objects, are depicted through these heterogeneous relationships to build a deeper synesthesia in the works. Li believes, “For viewers, my work is like an AR mirror—people are able to see meaning wrapped around their bodies”.
As a Gen Z artist, Li Erpeng is happy to absorb the products of the contemporary information age; the virtual world and cyborgs are a part of everyday life. For him, the virtual and the real, the realist and the abstract blend into one another, without boundaries between them. He uses realist brushwork to depict an abstract spiritual world. Highly saturated colors and dramatic forms accelerate and magnify existing thought processes. The tangled forms and bold use of pure color embody Li’s instinctive reactions, while also bringing the viewer into a happier state of mind.
Composition and politics are equally important in Li Erpeng’s work. Invented organisms, new chemically composed material elements, and pure, meaningless backgrounds highlight the boundaries of the material, creating a state of control that embodies both resistance and cooperation. Li’s organically constructed images invariably reflect a strong sense of power in both their origins and rationale. At the same time, the images require orderly governance and open competition; the inherent tension between governance’s need for discipline and liberation’s pursuit of freedom is unleashed. In the present era of social transformation, discontent, and upheaval, filled with portents of technological revolution, this tension is unusually enlightening. He masters these coexisting dangers and makes them ambiguous through a dramatic treatment of those relationships. This effort to eliminate a crisis achieves a kind of communal joy, and the beauty of the smooth textures add further interest to Li’s body of work.
Touch The Sky, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 280 x 160 cm
Mercy Me, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 280 x 160 cm
Last Cause, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 280 x 160 cm
It's Nice to Have a Friend No.3, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 140 x 140 cm
First Touch No.1, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 95 x 95 cm
Quality Control, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 170 x 136 cm
Li Erpeng (Born in 1995, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China)
Li Erpeng graduated from the Oil Painting Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 2018, and he currently lives and works in Beijing.
He has received First Prize for the Fine Arts at CAFA, the Inter Youth Artwork Award (2015), the Inter Youth Innovation Award (2016), the Originality at the Academy New Talent Award and the Outstanding Artwork Award from the Oil Painting Department at CAFA (2016). His graduation work Objects from an Ideal World was added to the permanent LYC Collection (CAFA Art Museum). In 2020, his work was collected by White Rabbit Gallery in Australia and recommended by TARGET magazine.
Moonlight (Alien Canvas), 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 240 x 115 cm
Sweet Blasphemy, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 133 x 145 cm