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Magician Space is delighted to present a solo exhibition by artist Guo Hongwei, ‘The Place of Liveliness.’ Guo Hongwei’s recent paintings focus on the normative yet anachronistic situations that differentiate the real world. They include, for example, a male teacher losing control of his balance bike, park-goers tossing and turning ribbons while twisting and turning their bodies, and nuns dancing with rhythmic energy.

These vivid scenes come from moments when people have forgotten themselves in their daily lives and fall unconsciously into ecstasy. The artist portrays secularized gesture as the individual struggles to escape social attributes. Guo Hongwei continues to adopt the method of pictorial archaeology in his paintings, searching for the spiritual emancipation of the individual in secular life through movements and dynamic curves and how the joy of life leaps out of the shackles of reality.

Guo Hongwei: The Place of Liveliness

“The Place of Liveliness”, exhibition view, 2021

“The Place of Liveliness”, exhibition view, 2021

“The Place of Liveliness”, exhibition view, 2021

“The Place of Liveliness”, exhibition view, 2021

“The Place of Liveliness”, exhibition view, 2021

“The Place of Liveliness”, exhibition view, 2021

Laughing at This World No.2, 2020, oil on linen, 200 x 300cm

Peacock, 2021, oil on linen, 150 x 100cm

The Master Practitioner No.4, 2020-21, oil on linen, 100 x 100cm

Mustache and Braid, 2021, oil on linen, 80 x 60 cm

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