A Separate Dimension
June 15 - August 18, 2015
This summer Kaikodo celebrates contemporary Chinese painting in an exhibition entitled “A Separate Dimension.” All but one of the works are the off-spring of China’s great tradition of landscape painting, the artists consciously aligning themselves with a mighty past, but each with an independent vision and also providing a breath of fresh air and even at times a most compelling twist. A transformation of that past is occasionally effected through the introduction of an unconventional implement, tool, or material added to the ink, paper, and silk of tradition. Each artist indeed holds some ticket to entry into this separate dimension of Chinese pictorial art.
The work of a contemporary Chinese artist, in fact, provided the focus of Kaikodo’s inaugural exhibition back in February of 1996, when the gleaming white walls of our East 64th St. town house in Manhattan provided the perfect backdrop for the hitherto unrevealed paintings of one of Kaikodo’s own staff, Arnold Chang, or Zhang Hong. The next year the paintings by the illustrious C.C. Wang were displayed along with important masterworks from his own collection. No fewer than fourteen further exhibitions of contemporary works followed, nine accompanied by an issue of Kaikodo Journal and others by catalogues under separate titles. The most challenging and ambitious was the “The Flowering Field” done in the Autumn of 1997 in collaboration with Hong Kong’s Kaiyuen Ng, then at his Luen Zhai gallery and presently operating KY Fineart. Fifty-eight artists living in Asia, Europe and North America were represented, working in styles and subject matter old and new, traditional styles or not, and either easily recognizable as “Chinese” or not, but all working essentially in ink or ink and color on paper or silk.
All of the artists in the present show have been exhibited previously at Kaikodo, several with one-person exhibitions accompanied by a separate issue of Kaikodo Journal. Only brief biographical notes are provided here for each artist, while further information on the painters and their works is available through the gallery.