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The Pattern of the City: Juju Sun's New Paintings
by Pearl Lam Galleries
Location: Pearl Lam Galleries Shanghai
Artist(s): Juju SUN
Date: 24 Mar - 3 May 2014

Pearl Lam Galleries is delighted to present a major solo exhibition of Chinese artist Juju Sun, The Pattern of the City: Juju Sun’s New Paintings, curated by the renowned Chinese art scholar Gao Minglu. 

This exhibition includes 20 new works created in 2013 with vibrant contrasting colours and delicate textures visible in between numerous layers of paint. Inspired by cityscapes such as that of New York, Juju Sun seeks to express her personal responses, her sensory perceptions to urban landscapes and rapid industrialisation—the skyscrapers in Manhattan, the dazzling glare off glass building façades, neon-lit billboards—and inner spiritual world into a visual language in this new series of paintings. Boldly experimenting with unconventional or extreme paint colours, applied either in square and rectangular blocks or linear brushstrokes that are placed in contrast in pursuit of a new visual balance and fresh aesthetic experience, Juju Sun pushes the boundaries in her own artistic practices.

Combining the use of mechanical paint rollers and that of hand-painted, in which she allows a free-flow of emotions and feelings to be revealed, Juju Sun's city grid paintings express both the contradictions and balance between the mass-produced nature of industrialisation and the tenderness and depth of humanity which lies in individuals—an enduring paradox in a globally urbanised modern world and an aesthetic and cultural complexity with tensions that open up more possibilities than questions.

Having studied at the Ottawa School of Art, Canada and under Optical Art master Larry Poons at the Art Student’s League of New York, Juju Sun has been focused on abstract painting for more than 15 years. Feeling her cultural roots to be important, she has recently returned to Beijing in 2011. Her first major solo exhibition upon her return, Monet’s Oriental Pond, was held at the Today Art Museum in Beijing in 2012. The exhibition featured a different series of works, the inspiration for which came from Mother Nature. These works, toned with green and blue colours and shades, were self-evident of a subtle but strong hand-painted effect—the traces of Sun’s personal style that her current series of work has inherited.

Born with a great love for art and freedom, a strong painterly instinct and a sensibility for colours strengthened by rigorous painting approaches, Juju Sun has achieved freedom in the act of painting while she imbues the paintings with an emotional depth that largely differentiates them from the genre of traditional modern abstract painting or any other existing categories.

*image (left)
courtesy of the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries

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