Tracing the Milky Way recounts the story of life’s journey, and the unique opportunities destiny provides through moments and encounters, forever marking and redefining one’s path.
Tracing the Milky Way is, surprisingly, the first time in Beijing this group of leading artists are united. A group of friends, among them artists, writers, poets, critics and curators, all on an infinite voyage, all in constant dialogue with their inner selves. Their works are working on different horizons with singular vocabulary and attitude. The only possible point in common they might have would be in their revelation to us the importance and relevance of the imagination as the faculty of perception and knowledge of the soul. Chen Zhen, Huang Yong Ping, Shen Yuan, Wang Du, Yan Pei-Ming and Yang Jiechang are a unique mixture of personalities whose visions when combined catalyse an explosion of natural and supranatural, real and imaginary, terrestrial and extra-terrestrial. The soul or pshyche as the intelligent primary source of the cosmos and the envisioned mediator between divine and human… In short, the motor force behind life’s work and creativity.
Their works convey thoughts and visions which delve into the sublime world. So that the question arises “what kind of world do we live in today?”, “Is our current world upside down or a figment of our imagination?”, “Are we living in the golden age of a new world or in the emergency phase of a final crusade on our planet with no protected area?”
Through the subtle realm of experience these artists take the viewers on a journey to a universe and which touches a deeper understanding of who we really are, how to express our deepest fears, desires and how to become a conduit in order to initiate these experiences for others.
These artists have laid a foundation for generations to come of a visionary legacy without geographic location nor planetary tracking point, it is a movement which will go down in the annals of time as “galactical” entering the realm of the infinite and universal... A demonstration of the relationship of cosmos and consciousness knowledge as opposed to reason. History is made by putting together different points in the same time and space.