Canal Cheong-Jagerroos （张彤茹）
Being 3 Gallery is pleased to invite you to the opening reception for our first exhibition with an international acclaim, Macao born and Helsinki Based artist Canal Cheong-Jagerroos. The exhibition Waking will be on view from March 30 to April 29, 2017, showcasing Canal’s three large-scale paintings and one ready- made installation created during her residency in Beijing, along with several small-scale paintings created from her studio in Helsinki. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 30 from 4pm- 8pm.
Canal grew up in Macau, China, in a family steeped in traditional Chinese art.In 1992, Canal began working in Chinese freehand style brush-strokes on her pattern paintings, inspired by the works of Chinese ancient abstract great master Bada Shenren’s (1626—1705). All of this influenced Canal’s focus shift to Chinese ancient symbols combined with modern daily elements to extract a dreamlike world. Along the creative path, she has tried numerous creative approaches, both fleetingly and for longer periods, in her exploration of the nature of the material and immaterial realm. She is often confronted and challenged by positive and negative elements, their resolutions being ultimately manifested in the interplay of novel harmonious expressions.
In the process of this exploration, the idea of utopianism started to emerge ——through tearing, destroying, separating or even inadvertently trampling on the rice paper on which the artist has already painted, she was then overlapping layers and layers of the paintings with Xuan paper on the canvas Here, the analogy between the early 20th century Western Cubist’s Papier collé with Canal’s collage technique is advanced to a more self-centered, deep, yet subtle expression. The whole creation process is fully involved with construction, deconstruction, and reconstruct. By using multiple layers of rice paper, acrylic, ink, traditional Chinese pigments and ready made objects which are incorporated together, the artist make it possible to derive a sense of depth on canvas.; again, by blending ancient Chinese motifs and modern elements, she integrates the past with the present through symbolic creations that depict the peace and harmony of a utopian world.
The exhibition will last till April 29, 2017, warmly welcome you to come and visit.