Dates: 1 Jul 2016 - 24 Aug 2016
Location: Central Academy of Fine Arts No.8 Hua Jia Di Nan St., Chao Yang District, Beijing
一脉 ，2016，W547 x H304 cm ，Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
In July 2016，at the invitation of MagdaDanysz Gallery, Chan participated in the first Street Art Exhibition in Chinese Mainland. With the support of MagdaDanysz Gallery, this exhibition was undertook by Mural Painting Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts and CAFA Art Museum. It aimed to break the limitation of places, time, branches and show the development of street art. What’s more, they wanted to provide more possibilities to traditional art gallery exhibition and promote the development of contemporary street art in China.The exhibition invited street artists from the US, the UK, France, Portugal, Italy, Brazil, Senegal and China to present wonderful street art paintings for viewers. Street art, as a bridge of traditional culture and modern civilization, provides a platform for the dialogue between process of globalization and local characteristics, connects cultural and creative industries with commerce, and integrates various artistic elements. As long as there is a spray paint in artists’ hands, they can express and release their inner thoughts by spraying. Every graffiti is actually a dialogue between the artist and the city and they can create wherever they want.
《Inheritance》, created by Chan, is not only his landmark work, but also a work of great significance. Since 2011, he has been exploring how to combine traditional Chinese ink painting with Western street art graffiti and strive to find a balance between the two contradictory and antagonistic cultures. He would like to break away from cultural constraints, build a bridge between two cultures and create his own artistic language. It took him four days to finish this work in the studio of Central Academy of Fine Arts. A month before this exhibition, in his studio in Foshan, Guangdong province, he began to refer and imitate works of traditional Chinese ink painters, including Wu Guanzhong and Chang Dai-Chien. After comprehending the secret, Chan decided to overturn the techniques of predecessors and interpret traditional Chinese ink painting in a new way on the basis of the essence of Chinese culture.
（局部）一脉 ，2016，W547 x H304 cm ，Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
From Chan’s perspective, this work is like a movie, different people will have different understanding of it. Westerners may appreciate the charm of Chinese ink painting, while easterners can see the traces of Western street art graffiti. Speaking of the process of creation, Chan felt that he had poured all his energy into the painting. Every movement of his body and every spraying seemed to exhaust him. Constantly moving his body, he wanted to bring a different visual feast to viewers. The exhibition displayed all works according to their time. In Chan’s view, such displaying way not only reflects the unity of opposition between Eastern and Western art, but also an inheritance. This is also the reason he named the work.