“Inked” Jennifer Wen MA Solo Exhibition

“Inked” Jennifer Wen MA Solo Exhibition

Exhibition Period
19 Feb 2011 - 20 Mar 2011
ESLITE GALLERY∣5F, No. 11, Songgao Rd., Taipei 11073, Taiwan
Opening Hours
19 Feb 2011

ESLITE GALLERY is pleased to present Jennifer Wen Ma’s first solo exhibition in Taiwan--“INKED”. Mo, Chinese ink, has been the main medium for expression and communication for centuries in East Asia. It embodies all colors, emulates all forms, gives meaning to brush strokes, and aesthetic achievements. Concurrently, black is the culmination of all colors and absent of all light. It is also a powerful symbol of void and muteness. Its duality allows great room for exploration. And in this exhibition, black ink dominates the artistic vocabulary. The artist investigates Chinese painting, mo and the color black from different contemporary perspectives.

Approximately 10 works will be included in this exhibition, some installations and some videos. Installations include blackened plants by Chinese ink mo. Upon first glance, they resemble classic bird and flower paintings, but are three-dimensional and growing. For instance, blooming chrysanthemums, bamboos, orchid, plum tree and cypress, blackened by mo, are alive for the duration of the exhibition. The live plants dressed in black ink are also a testimony to the perseverance and power of renewal. Video works would include Brain Storm that shows a man and horse traveling through an ink-wash landscape. Sometimes quiet and atmospheric, sometimes turbulent and moody, the landscape changes while the man and horse walk on unwaveringly. The travelers are a pair of silent companions that weather through a landscape that is an abstract reflection of the storms of the mind. The live-action ink-painting process creates unpredictable visual results against the never changing movements of the travelers, rendering a new artistic language of time-based landscape painting. A black sandscape, entitled Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien occupies another gallery. Black sand painting sketches out a somewhat abstracted map of a personal landscape--the artist's life journey. The landmarks within this map are her failure milestones along the way. Real objects from her life related to each "failure" denotes the event. The song Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, sung by the artist, plays in the background.

        Born in 1973 in Beijing, Jennifer Wen Ma works with media as varied as installations, video, drawing, fashion design and performances. She has participated in numerous exhibitions internationally, including in Sydney Biennale (2010), Echigo-Tsumari Triennial (2009) and Guggenheim Bilbao (2009) and New York (2008). She was a member of the core creative team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and has won an Emmy as an associate producer for the NBC broadcast of the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony. To view her website, please go to: www.littlemeat.net

Jennifer Wen MA

Jennifer Wen MA, born in 1973 in Beijing, China, moved to the United State in 1986 and received her Masters degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in 1999. She continues to work and live between the two cities.

MA's interdisciplinary practice bridges various media such as installation, video, drawing, fashion design, performance, and public art together, combining unlikely elements in a single work. Her work often addresses complex contemporary social situations, such as the SARS epidemic, as well as invokes classical myth and philosophy. Traces of her Chinese heritage can be found throughout her works as she explores Chinese ink painting in her Inked series.

MA’s installations and videos extend and reinterpret Asian aesthetics within a contemporary sense of time and space. She stimulates our senses to affect our perception and experience of a specific site or state of mind. As her works are drawn from personal experiences and tales, they tenderly reveal her inner emotions and speak of heartrending moments in life while weaving poignantly between history, art and culture.

1973        Born in Beijing, China
Lives and works in New York, USA and Beijing, China

1993        Bachelor of Art, Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts, Oklahoma, USA
1999        Master of Fine Art, Pratt Institute, New York, USA
2012        "Hanging Garden in Ink", Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
               "Jennifer Wen Ma Solo Exhibition", Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
2011        "Inked", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Tide", Art Space Niji, Kyoto, Japan
2009        "Brain Storm", Phillips Collection with Transformer Gallery and Shigeko Bork mu project,

                Washington D.C., USA
               "You can’t always see where you are going, but can you see where you've been?", DMoCA,

                Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Niigata, Japan
2008        "The In-Between World—Daydream Nation", Permanent public multimedia installation,

                Digital Beijing Building, Beijing, China
2005        "Aeolian Garden", UMoCA, Arte all'Arte 10, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Italy  
               "Whiplash", Shigeko Bork mu project, Washington D.C., USA
2002        "Cleansing Walk", Chinatown, Lower Eastside, Brooklyn Bridge, Long Beach, New York, USA 
               "Do Do Falling", Art Fiend Foundation, New York, USA
2001        "Richard and Jenn", The University Gallery, Oklahoma, USA
               "Bye Bye Do Do", Elysium Studios, New York, USA
               "Do Do Rama", Art Fiend Foundation, New York, USA
1999        "Above is the Old/Below is the Small", P.S. 12 Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
1996        "Sinicism", The Lovelight, Norman, Oklahoma, USA
2011        "Moving Image in China: 1988-2011", Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
               "Hotspots", SH Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China
               "Lingua Franca", St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Switzerland
               "Stealing Senses", Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
2010        "Compulsive Beauty", Space 15th, Seoul, Korea
               "The Beauty of Distance—Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age", Sydney Biennale,

                Sydney, Australia
               "Paralinear", Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2009        "Everything is Museum", Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
               "Mythologies", Haunches of Venison, London, UK
2008        "mARkeT", Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China
               "New Adventures of Havoc in Heaven II", The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
               "Reminisce", Beijing Cultural Olympiad, Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China
               "Everything is Museum", Sackler Center for Arts Education, Solomon R. Guggenheim,

                USA Museum, New York, USA 
2007        "The Politics of Fear", Albion, London, UK
               "¥%…@¥!# ", Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
               "Long March Project Yan'an", Long March Space, Beijing, China
2006        "Belief", Singapore Biennale, Singapore
               "Project Change Word", Building Violation, Long March Foundation, Yan’an, China
2003        "Distance", Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
               "Blue Sky Exposure", 798 Space and Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China
2002        "Convention", Art Fiend Foundation, New York, USA
2001        "Crouching Bitch", Deitch Projects, New York, USA 
               "Small Works Salon", Atelier Sockmonkey, Brooklyn, USA
2000        "11500", GAle GAtes et al., Brooklyn, USA
1999        "Size Matters", GAle GAtes et al., Brooklyn, USA
               "Slide Show", GAle GAtes et al., Brooklyn, USA
1998        "A.I.R. Gallery's 3rd Biennial Exhibition", A.I.R. Gallery, New York, USA
               "Pratt MFA Thesis Show", Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA
1997        "Pier Show 5", Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Redhook, USA
               "The Shoe Project", Steuben East Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
2008        The In-Between World—Daydream Nation, Digital Beijing, Beijing, China
2005        Arte all’Arte 10, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy  
2010        Creative Director, The Republic of China Centennial Grand Countdown, Taipei, Taiwan
2009        Guest curator, “Ink Storm”, Transformer Gallery, Washington, USA
2008        Member of core creative team, Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

                opening and closing ceremonies, Beijing, China
2005        Chief producer, The 1st China Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2003        Producer, “Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art—18 Solo Exhibitions,” Kinmen, Taiwan
2008        Emmy Awards, Associate Producer, Outstanding Live Event Turnaround, “Games of the

                XXIX Olympiad” NBC Broadcast
2003        NYFA Artists’ Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York



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