Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen (first from right), Rain Lin, Liang Yue, Yu Cun and Mia Waire in the Red Gallery

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The opening reception of Finland-China International Contemporary Ink Art Exhibition was successfully held at Red Gallery on 15th December 2018. The exhibition is a diverse and international / intercultural event presenting works of artists from different countries.

The exhibiting artists, Zhang Miao, Yu Cun, Liang Yue and Zhang Du are from China, the artist Maya Zhang is from Canada, the artist Xiao Qing is from France, the artist Chen Sijia is from the US, and the artists Rain Lin, Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen and Mia Waire are from Finland.

 

Mr. Gao Yuhang, Head of Education Sector, Chinese Embassy in Finland, attended the opening reception. Meanwhile, The event was also covered by Chinese and international media, among others Mr. Li Jizhi, chief correspondent of Xinhua Helsinki Bureau, covered this exhibition and interviewed the exhibiting artists.

The curator of this exhibition, the founder of Red Gallery, Rain Lin told chief correspondent of Xinhua Helsinki Bureau during an interview that, the motivation for organising the Finland-China international contemporary ink art exhibition is that as a media of artistic creation, the ink has been learned by many western artists, we are organising this exhibition under the matchmaking topic of ink, in order to show the difference in defining the ink by artists from the Eastern and Western backgrounds, and provide an opportunity for their exchange experiences. She hope this will broaden their horizons, and help the cultural communication between the east and the west.  
 
Rain Lin, herself is an artist living in Finland and her series of works “Walking the dogs” is presented in this exhibition as well. The inspiration for this series: walking the dogs is a part of the Finnish lifestyle. Finns practice it in a very serious and tenacious way. No matter how terrible the weather is, they will insist on it. By illustrating walking the dogs, and describing how insistent the Finns are, she wants, in an unrestrained and vigorous style, to express her relentless pursuit of art, as well as her enjoyment of the creation. 

 

   

 

Exhibition Info

FINLAND-CHINA INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY INK ART EXHIBITION

Curator

RAIN LIN 

Artists:

ZHANG MIAO (CHINA)

YU CUN (CHINA) 

LIANG YUE (CHINA)

ZHANG DU (CHINA)   

MAYA ZHANG (CANADA) 

CHEN SIJIA (US) 

XIAO QING (FRANCE)

RAIN LIN (FINLAND)

MiIKKO ILMARI HALLIKAINEN (FINLAND ) 

MIA WAIRE (FINLAND) 

Exhibition Duration:

15. 12. 2018 — 15. 02. 2019

Open Hours:

12:00 - 18:00

Venue:

Red  Gallery

Pursimiehenkatu 16, 00150 Helsinki

 

CHINESE ARTISTS

 

ZHANG MIAO

 

Existence

I am a realist

 I only care about myself and about what happens around me

Reality does not exist only in the world we live in

It also exists in my heart

My mind’s reality is often absurd, distorted and abstract

so when I show my inner world out

people may see a strange world

For me, this is a real existence 

 

 

 | Paradise |  40X40 cm  |  2018

 

 

 | Bird in the cage |  40X40 cm  |  2018

 

 

  | Ex Machine |  40X40 cm  |  2018

 

 

 

YU CUN 

 

 Art sometimes

 can only be grasped by the mind but not expressed with words

 especially from inarticulate people like myself

 

 


 | Ungainly Freedom  | 180 X 97 cm | 2018

 

 

  |How Many Years  | 138 X69 cm |  2018

 

 

 

 

 LIANG YUE

                

The artwork is an artist’s way to spread their own experience into place for themselves and for others, always to combine life experiences to find a breakthrough point.  

 

 

 | PORTRAIT |  37X57 cm |  2018

 

 

 

| FIVE AVATARS |  35X70.5 cm  |  2018

 

 

 | PEOPLE WEARING A MASK |  49X34 cm |  2018

 

 

 

 ZHANG DU

 

All the recognition and expression in my painting “The codification of mental state and liberation of inertial thinking”, is presented through subjective initiative and the ability of logical thinking. My painting is mainly a discussion of personal painting consciousness, using the right hand to draw which is not often used, thus liberating the former work inertia of the left hand. Those uncertain morphological structures get rid of the entanglement of habitual modeling. By then, the painting’s orientation is the disordered and uncertain factor. It may be the way of visual thinking, about my concerns, the way I want to express myself.

 

  

| Hello Finland |  138X70 cm  |  2018

 

 

 

| XUE DINGE’S CAT |  138X70 cm  |  2018

 

 

 | TOWER |  138X70 cm  |  2018

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

 

 

 MAYA ZHANG

 

My works are my personal subjective feeling through different time-periods. It all comes from the observation of inner visions of the present world around me. Whether I wish to be carried on wings or describe a scene in real life, between image and reality, reappearances and expressions, I always go back and forth between reality and imagination. Ultimately, a process of expressing one's inner world.

 

 

 

| Maya Zhang | Wings |  2018

 

 

 

  | Beyond | 2018

 

 

 | Passerby | 2018

  

 

 

          

RAIN LIN

 

I like to give myself unlimited freedom in my creation, express my emotion with the most innocent feeling, so that I can completely forget everything, immerse myself into my own world, and be powerful and unconstrained style… 

This is my most enjoyable creation status.

 

| Walking the dog series 1 |  2018

 

 

 

 | Walking the dog series 2 |  2018

 

 

 

 | Walking the dog series 3 |  2018

 

 

 

 

 CHEN SIJIA

 

Stroke

This series of artwork refers to elements of abstraction, depicting environments through several interwoven layers.  They contain personal narratives through the use of shapes, symbols, and colour fields, which are characterised by a liberal yet focused application of colour and strokes.

 

 

 | Strike 2 |  2018

 

 

 

 | Strike 4 |  2018

 

   | Strike 7 |  2018

 

 

 

XIAO QING

 

My paintings are based on ink, I combine them with western abstract elements. The character of ink’s black-and-white, thick-and-light evokes the scenery of lakes and mountains, the hazy beauty of mist and cloud, like a dream-scene. At the same time, it also pursues musical beauty, a kind of melody and rhythm. I strive to interpret Chinese aesthetics “The great Form is without Shape", hoping to bring endless reverie to the audiences.

  

 

 | Nuage rouge| 42 X 38 cm |  2004

 

   | Beauté du Soir | 46 X 34 cm |  2005

  

 

| Brouillard matinal | 46 X 34 cm |  2004

                    

 

 

MIKKO ILMARI HALLIKAINEN

I have been using ink as material since I was a little boy. Its flexibility, characteristic tone and power fascinate me. My themes are often linked to my daily experiences and moods. I see myself as an expressionist composer. 

 

 

Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen|  Snowblind | 30 X 50 cm |  2016

 

  Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen | Death Stand | 70 X 50 cm |  2018

 

 

Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen | Gardener of death | 35 X 26 cm |  2018

 

 

 

 

MIA WAIRE

 

Goddesses

It was a time when we prayed to the female god. These goddesses protected the home, children, food, love, and justice. 

Works of Goddesses is a series of drawings of ancient Egyptian goddesses. The technique I've used ink, paper and cane

 

 

Mia Waire |  The Queen of heaven II |  2014

 

 

Mia Waire | The goddes of death |  2014

 

  

Mia Waire | The War Goddess |  2014