LIU KE: Ocean by My Left

HONG KONG / H Queen’s

January 11 – February 28, 2023

INTRODUCTION

This exhibition presents the artist’s symbolic line paintings, and a series of works that originates from the concept of ‘conflict’, presenting a spatial experience that exceeds abstractionism, coalescing concepts of philosophy, history and narrative quality.

‘Rationality’ and ‘interrelationship’ have been the fundamental components of Liu Ke’s artwork. In the limited space of the canvas, the artist observes the relationship between the dense vertical lines and the wide brushstrokes. The careful permutation of the elements creates tension between the entities as they press against each other in the picture, congregating a concentrated force in the narrow space between objects. Despite the rational substructure of the painting, the vortex-like brushstrokes and abstract symbols sometimes intrude into the pictures, breaking the rigidity of the compositions. For the artist, this is an act of confronting rationality.

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In the historical context, the term ‘left’ has always represented a radical, variable, unpredictable, and mobile state, which resembles the deep and vast ‘ocean’. Meanwhile, the opposite side represents a constant and coherent state, which is constructed by the subjectivity of human beings. At the cliff of the border where the two infuse into each other, I experience the state of extremity, a state where inspirations surge up.

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In relation to the exhibition title, ‘Ocean by My Left’, a painting series characterized by the blue and black dichotomy is presented. Blue symbolizes translucency on the grounds of the latitude of the color in temperature and brightness, fluidity, unknown and freedom; Black symbolizes solidity and a structural construction. The two independent hues started to infuse into each other when placed together in Liu Ke’s painting. The artist consistently examines the potential of the two-dimensional realm in the painting. Using the uttermost elemental expression, he often reflects on the history of Western Art, which seems to be the extension of the artist’s identity as a scholar.

Black Goes Out Blue Comes In No.2

2020
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
135.0 × 135.0

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Black Goes Out Blue Comes In No.3

2020
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
135.0 × 135.0

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Silent Waterfalls No.6

Blue Lane

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
150.0 × 150.0

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The woman coming down the stairs (Blue)

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
155.0 × 130.0 cm

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For instance, ‘The Woman Coming Down the Stairs’ series takes inspiration from Marcel Duchamp's “Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2” (1912). The artist studies the sense of rhythm and the dynamic overlapping colors in the original work while adapting a different two-dimensional interpretation of the moving image. In addition, Liu Ke started to incorporate casements in his paintings in recent years. He believes the device creates a dual ‘passage’ between the viewers and the two-dimensional painting, allowing the viewers to voyage through a 'vortex' that entangles the conflicts and everyday emotional fragment. While investigating the dichotomy and the contextual relationship between the material sense and spiritual sense of the entities in the painting, he created his very own language of abstract expressionism.

The Woman Coming Down The Stairs No.3

2019
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
120.0 × 100.0

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Object Liberty - Double

2019
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
135.0 × 135.0

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Fountain

2021
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
80.0 × 70.0

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Thousand Plateau No.1

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
80.0 × 70.0

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Look At The Great Wall No.2

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
80.0 × 70.0

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Angry Panda

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
80.0 × 70.0

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The universe in the cave No.2 / The universe in the cave No.1

Lunch On The Grass No.2

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
80.0 × 60.0

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The Three Body Problem

2021
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
80.0 × 70.0

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Peek onto Flying Apsaras(right)

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
120.0 × 90.0

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Angels Break Through Brambles And Thorns No.2

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
120.0 × 100.0

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Stoop and Ecstasy

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
180.0 × 165.0

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Venus Of Pauperism

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
110.0 × 110.0

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Gothic Garden

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
180.0 × 165.0

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Waiting No.1

2021
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
180.0 × 165.0

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Baroque Advent

2022
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
250.0 × 200.0

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Two Drops

2021
Panel, Canvas, Mixed Media
210.0 × 180.0

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LIU KE: Ocean by My Left
January 11 – February 28, 2023

HONG KONG / H Queen’s

7-8/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central,Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2523 8001
Fax: +852 2523 8005
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
Closed: Sunday, Monday
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