Opening Reception: Feb 3rd, 2022, 3 pm - 7 pm
Location: 64A Bayard Street, New York NY 10013
Hours: Tue. - Sat. 11 am- 5 pm, Sun. 12 am - 5 pm, by appointment only.
Curator: Shuang Cai
Artists: Ye Cheng, Stanley Chen, Fang Yuan, Yirui Jia, Jinyi liu, Xing li, Jialin Ren, Xiong Wei
LATITUDE Gallery is pleased to present ‘Conceive: 怀耘构月’, a group exhibition showcasing the recent works by eight emerging Asian artists celebrating the coming 2022 Lunar New Year.
‘Conceive: 怀耘构月’- while the word is commonly interpreted as “to become pregnant”, it also means “to imagine” - is a felicitous name for the upcoming show at LATITUDE Gallery in this Lunar New Year Season. Conceive collects eight artists' newest pieces that depict the imaginary spaces concocted with artists’ personal memory or divination, quotidian tangible or conjured imaginaries, and tribulation or deliverance. With a collection combined of seven abstract and figurative paintings accompanied with one absurd sculpture, Conceive is presenting the heartening recognition of the eight vibrant Asian artists’ in the age of COVID.
While surrealism attends to the unconscious and dreams over the familiar and every day to create the poetic and wondrous works, the collection - Conceive - presents younger artists’ perpetuating efforts to materialize the uncanny minds. In echo to the thriving metaverse concept recently, the collection in Conceive focuses on the physicality of the intangible spaces - presenting the testimony of the otherworld. The pieces together show the conceived spaces that were embryonated by artists’ prolific minds.
All eight young artists are also personally standing on the boundaries of cultures and times. The young Asian artists’ clashing identities in the American society not only create synergies to their works but also allow us to humorously mirror off it by interpreting the pieces from in between. With Conceive, LATITUDE Gallery hopes to invite the viewers on a voyage on the edges exploring the physical limbo of realities and imaginations, looking for the tangibles in the multifarious familiarities and strangenesses.
When Omicrons attack New York City like Nian - the traditional Chinese monster in this special time of 2022–our minds are filled with the taste of homemade food, the laughter in family anecdotes, and the sound of slumber after a stretched party. It is our sparkling shared recollections and dreams that the artists at Conceive are attempting to knead and shape. Conceive is - then - alluding a warm and stuffed dumpling that animates the linkage between the awakened and dozed.