Tianjin Event of the Week: Wan Dawei's Solo Exhibition

By That's Tianjin, January 23, 2018

0 0

That's Tianjin picks the best thing to do in the city each week. 

By Sid Gulinck

Tucked away in the old Cotton Mill site, is the Sun Sun Gallery. Their current exhibition is entitled Both Ends and showcases oil paintings by Wan Dawei, a professor of painting at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts (TAFA). The show, which is curated by Gao Yan, professor of photography at TAFA, will run through February 13.

Wan – who cites Edward Hopper and Luc Tuymans as his major influences – depicts an “intermediate state between pastoral and modern civilization” in his works. His early still lifes represent the dehumanized, mechanical world of heavy industry. Through the omission of details from otherwise photorealistic objects, the images become transient and somehow more real than the physical phenomena themselves.

201801/sunsungallery.jpg

His later work consists of “social landscapes” which convey “poetic moods” – secluded suburban scenes, which merely hint at human activity. The artist creates a sense of déjà vu through his adept use of color and omission of narrative. Bamboo, pines, rocks, lakes, bridges and dams serve as ritual objects with the power of metaphor and recollection. Wan’s work is a “self-portrait” he uses to express his spiritual and painterly aspirations, as well as the emotions felt by those who inhabit the ruins of a post-industrial society.

Through Feb 13, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. Sun Sun Gallery, see event listing.


For more things to do in Tianjin, check out our Events Section.

Get more Tianjin event guides sent directly to your phone (along with restaurant reviews, giveaways and other goodies) by adding That's Tianjin on WeChat or liking us on Facebook.

If you have an event, upload it to our site through our User Center. It's free, it's easy and it's the best way to get into one of our Event Guides.

more news

Celebrate the Golden Week at Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia

Discover the authentic charm of Cambodia this Golden Week.

JW Marriott Muskoka Hosts Canada Day Music Festival

Mylie Taylor and many more to perform at a stunning resort in Ontario

2 China Restaurants Make World's 50 Best 2024 List

Wing in Hong Kong is Greater China's top entry, plus the full list.

Could This Be the Year of the Chinese Fighter?

Zhang Zhilei defeats Deontay Wilder on the heels of first ever all-Chinese UFC match-up.

Fingerstyle Guitarist Daniel Padim Returns for 2nd China Tour

Daniel Padim brings back Brazilian guitar to the Middle Kingdom after less than a year.

Sugar Blue Continues His 50-year Career with Another Tour of China

Sugar Blue completes another China tour this November as he continues to build on a five-decade career!

69 Not Out: the Story of Dusk Dawn Club

The continuing life and times of a legendary Beijing music venue.

Accor Brings Legendary Montreux Jazz Festival to China

ALL – Accor Live Limitless, the lifestyle loyalty program of Accor, has announced an exciting collaboration with the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival China.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsTianjin for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Tianjin With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Tianjin!

Visit the archives