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Chen Ruo Bing: World of Reflection

Mar 12 - May 12, 2024


Exhibition Duration: 2024.3.12-5.18

Opening Time: 2024.3.18 15:00


Ginkgo Space is delighted to present the upcoming solo exhibition by Chen Ruo Bing, titled “World of Reflection” opening on March 18, 2024. This exhibition is the artist's first solo exhibition in Shenzhen, the sixth solo exhibition in Ginkgo Space. The exhibition will revolve around Chen Ruo Bing's signature creative language - the relationship between light, colour and field. In recent years, Chen Ruo Bing's creative practice has been a submerged blend of traditional Chinese painting techniques, such as rendering layers on top of each other, and the awareness of colour. As the artist says, light is the awareness and movement of consciousness, which is always in the moment. Light is peace, in the moment of wisdom and perfection. It is the reflection of nature. The exhibition will run until May 12, 2024.


During his over thirty years of residence in Germany, Chen Ruo Bing's studio was located far from the bustling center of Düsseldorf. He lived in seclusion, his studio akin to a temple devoted to light, where he engaged in daily contemplation. What is light? What are colors? The "Buddha Cave with Shadow Image" from eastern Buddhist legends signifies light as a symbol of a higher state of consciousness for many Buddhist practitioners. The ethereal play of light and shadow within the cave walls reflects the true nature of the viewer's mind. As a sanctuary of luminous energy, it beckons the soul of the faithful. German thinker Goethe also emphasized the significance of light, or more precisely, the role of colors, in his "Theory of Colors." For him, colors transcend mere physics and physiology, impacting the human soul. He wrote: "Therefore, color, as an element of art, can contribute to achieving the highest aesthetic goals."(Deshalb denn Farbe, als ein Element der Kunst betrachtet, zu den höchsten ästhetischen Zwecken mitwirkend genutzt werden kann.)


Light (color) grants Chen Ruo Bing glimpses of clarity of mind. The diffused light serves as the "inhale" in his paintings, while the balance between forms constitutes the "exhale"; this rhythmic exchange infuses the paintings with life. Chen Ruo Bing explores the abilities of modelling of various shapes, employing them according to different visual psychological experiences, allowing them to resonate and converse with each other. Shapes such as cylinders, squares, ellipses, rings, rectangles, and others dialogue within the paintings. Circles represent heaven, squares represent earth, and by facilitating dialogue between them, circles are transformed into squares. Chen Ruo Bing believes that the establishment and extension of order within the composition lead to the existence of abstraction. Different artists achieve the transition from the material to the spiritual through various means. Real abstract artworks not only reflect the spiritual reality of humanity but also establish the reality of art itself.


Chen Ruo Bing, born in 1970 in China, currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. He studied at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Art) in the Chinese Painting Department from 1988 to 1991. Subsequently, from 1992 to 1998, he studied and graduated from the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts. In 1993, he received Advancement Award of Hedwig und Robert Samuel Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2000, he was awarded the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Artist Residency Grant in the United States. In 2013, he had a residency at the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwangju-si, South Korea. In 2014, he stayed at the Irish residence of Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll. In the summer of 2016, he had a residency at the Laforêt family estate on Lake Maggiore, Italy. In 2020, he completed a Healing Art Project for the COVID-19 ward at the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2023, he collaborated on a Creative Identity Art Project with Tiffany & Co. His works are held in public institutions such as the Shanghai Art Museum (now the China Art Palace), Beijing Today Art Museum, Hubei Art Museum, Bochum Museum in Germany, Düsseldorf Art Palace Museum in Germany, Middelburg University Art Museum in the United States, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea, and the Tottori Prefectural Museum in Japan.


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Co-writer of the text: Gao Yutao