The Kids are Alright examines the cyclical nature of reality at a moment of transition. Through the artwork of four young and emerging artists, the exhibition provides timely commentary about a period of transformation in Asian’s urban evolution.
A song performed by British band, The Who, “The Kids are Alright”, would be become an anthem for the Mod movement in England during the late 1960s, and later appear as the title of a documentary about the band. Theexhibitionis less about emerging music sub-genres and more concerned with a particular generation of artists, particularly painters, who are creating a subculture of ambiguity in their work.
The parallel between song and exhibition exists in their shared ethnographic value—unintentional documentation of popular culture during the respective time the works were created. The political personalities, Internet celebrities and symbolic commodities so prominent in the works of Li Wenfeng, Tamen (They Group) and Suryakant Lokhande make relevant commentary about present-day society.
Born in Asia during the late 70s and early 80s, the artists are merged between global hybridism and histories rich in cultural traditions. Their vibrant canvas provide urban narratives with fragmented motifs and icons as ephemeral as the environments they depict.
Each artist has taken over a room in the gallery to encourage a wider appreciation of his personal understanding of both the large events that shape our times, and the slighter circumstances of everyday life. The artists have been asked to create their own mixed- medium installations as visual art testimonies to their generation.
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Tamen (They Group)
An artist collective composed of Lai Shengyu and Yang Xiaogang both born in Hunan Province in 1978 and 1979 respectively. Currently based in Beijing and working in the department of new media art in BUAA Beijing China. Lai and Yang were post-graduates in the department of Printmaking Department in the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing China. Their most recent major exhibitions include “Lost Heaven” (Museum of Hunan, China, 2009) “THEY”(Canvas international art, Amstelveen, 2008), “TA MEN”(Pyo gallery Seoul Korea, 2006) Exhibition Chinese Contemporary Group, , Metropolis Now, (Meridian International Centre in Washington DC, US, 2009)
Born 1979 in Chaozhou, Li Wenfeng graduated from the Print Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Discontent with flat expression, Li Wenfeng’s works Arrow Fish and Blue Porcelain Flower Vase, feature grand and dramatic scenes of story telling, which borrow a absurd aesthetic to create unusual symbolic expressions of the vast and material world. Most recent exhibitions include, “The Chinese Contemporary Art, Now” (Ho Am Art Museum Seoul Korea, 2008).
Born n 1969, Suryakant Lokhande graduated from Sir JJ School of Arts, Mumbai. One of the brightest young painters working in modern day Maharashtra, he has won awards at the State Art Exhibition, the Camlin Competition, Bombay Art Society Award. Selected as an Emerging Artist for the Dutch documentary film on India Contemporary Artists, he also featured in the ‘Hiroshima – Nagasaki Never Again’ exhibition held in Japan. He has received the Vijay Pokharnas Award and the prize for the most outstanding work in the 105th Annual Art Exhibition of the Bombay Art Society. He had held solo exhibitions of paintings including ‘We Cover You’ at Studio 51 J Gallery and at Alliance Francaise de Bombay, ‘Metal Meets Mettle’ and ‘Inside Out’ at Jamat Art Gallery and ‘Koham at Mahalsa Art Gallery, Mumbai amongst others. He has also participated in many group shows.