JENG Jundian─Details

JENG Jundian─Details JENG Jundian─Details JENG Jundian─Details JENG Jundian─Details

Exhibition Period
10 Oct 2015 - 08 Nov 2015
Opening Hours
10 Oct—08 Nov 2015

JENG Jundian's solo exhibition "Details" will be held from 10 Oct to 08 Nov at ESLITE GALLERY, showing his concrete paintings and signature "colored line" works. With his ant-like vision, JENG probes into the extraordinary minutiae of people and things in everyday contexts. His works often measure up to two to three meters in height and width, for which the portrayed images transcend their quotidian significance and give off a sense of surrealist immensity and the aura of life.

JENG's composition is not particularly theatrical, and he seldom uses primary colors or arranges paints in blocks. Instead, he prefers secondary colors to portray the details of prosaic things. The spectacles and objects he encountered in his studio, in different places of Taiwan, or in Paris are translated into his paintings. Many new works attest to his recent preoccupation with materials and textures. In Curtain III, he utilizes warm colors to capture the varying states of sunshine as it penetrates the curtain or refracts on its patterns; every inch of the cloth is granted distinct beauty due to the gradation of light. During his working process, JENG often changes a painting's position and observes how the paints' effects vary with those changes, in the hope to make his works diversified in appearances and details. Take Leaf II as an example, spectators viewing it from some distance may find the same-colored leaf and the table integrated into each other, but with closer examination, they may discover more subtle variations of different colors. The color lines, converging and separating on the canvas, combine the plant's fibers and the invisible longitudes and latitudes, spinning out a world that is constantly stretching and throbbing.

Thus, JENG's subjects and style are metaphoric of a kind of life philosophy: "To see a world in a grain of sand." Namely, humans, things, and space are not separate entities but entangled in a complex and mutually influencing ecology. In the space of the grids, JENG deliberately leaves the drafting pencil marks, expecting to preserve his own emotional fluctuations amidst the rational composition. As he remarked, "I don't want my works to resemble the rigid etching prints, but I hope the severely controlled works can contain some traces of my creative impulse."

Painting is the medium of JENG's communication with his inner self. His mentality as a creator evolves from the aggressive expression of earlier years to the composed introspection at present. In the marathon of strength and willpower, JENG never ceases to explore the limits of painterly languages and awaits to seize the moment when "mind, hand, and canvas" become united together. "Where there is mind, there is a canvas," JENG firmly declares. Thus produced, paintings can possess singular and sincere power.

JENG Jundian

JENG Jundian's elegant and simple fragments of color lines recall the flowing contours in portrait sketches as
well as the lines created by the cun method in Chinese ink painting. Essentially his paintings show a new
relationship between the complimentary colors, light and space of Impressionism. They also challenged Kandinsky's theory of "dot, line and surface." Though so repetitive and orderly that there seems to be a lack of
emotion at first glance, JENG's horizontal and perpendicular geometric lines in fact provide a new direction to painting. By infusing new life to his "color lines," JENG Jundian has established a unique painting style with
fragmented color linesthat overlap to compose bodies, landscapes and objects of sensitivity and sensibility.

1963            Born in Kinmen, Taiwan
1987            Graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
1996~1998   Lived and worked in Paris, France
1998~          Now Living and working in Taipei, Taiwan


Solo Exhibitions

2015            "Details", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2014            "Another Day", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2012            "Day In, Day Out", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2008            "JENG Jundian Solo Exhibition 2004-2008", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2004            "Body and Nature─Duo Exhibition with WANG Keping", Marlborough Chelsea, New York, USA
1998            "Untitled", Fairmate Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
                   "Landscape of the Soul─Duo Exhibition with Leung Siu-hay", Venus Gallery, Hualien, Taiwan
1996            "Happy New Year", Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
1994            "Lines in the Landscape", Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
                   "Ten Approaches to Taiwanese Fine Arts", Fairmate Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1992            "Around Us", Galerie Pierre, Taichung,Taiwan
1991            "Dialogue", Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan


Group Exhibitions
2014            "Bloom: ESLITE GALLERY 25th Anniversary", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2010            "Landscape in Transition─Yuzi Paradise International Art Symposium", Yuehu Museum of Art, Shanghai,

2009            The 4th Painting Symposium, Yuzi Paradise Art Center, Guilin, China
2005            "LandscapeCityscape", Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
                   "Works on Paper", Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
                   "Summer Show: A Group Exhibition of Gallery Artists", Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
                   "Kuandu Extravaganza─Exhibition of Modern Art in Taiwan", Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
1996            "Heart's Spring, Spring's Heart─Group Exhibition of 6 Young Taiwanese Artists", Lung Men Gallery,

                   Taipei, Taiwan
1995            "Taiwan Legend─Contemporary Painting in Taiwan 1980-1995", Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
1994            "Ten Approaches to Taiwanese Fine Arts", Fairmate Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
                   "Metropolitan Characters in Taiwanese Art", Gate Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1993            "Obsession─Capturing the Mindscape", Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
                   "Chicago International Art Exposition", Chicago, USA

                   "The Speculation and Demonstration of Fine Arts in Taiwan", Impression Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1992            "20th Century Art in Taiwan: A Retrospective", Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
                   "Early Paintings by Contemporary Artists", Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

                   "Taiwania Opening Exhibition I", Taiwania Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
                   "Group Exhibition of 8 Members of the New Generation", Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan

1991            "Selected Paintings of the Nineties", Dimensions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
                   "Contemporary Trends of Painting in Taiwan", Nou Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1988            "Modern Chinese Painting's New Prospect Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


Public Collections

Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
Yuehu Museum of Art, Shanghai, China

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