Magician Space is delighted to present Ma Jianfeng’s solo exhibition, Irreconcilable. Painted primarily on inexpensive material or readymade objects, including cardboard, wooden board, tarp, hemp. Ma Jianfeng’s practice expands from the surface to the physical space, where temporary materials constitute the vehicle of his painting. It is a way in which the artist explores this medium while overcoming the setbacks of two-dimensional. Ma Jianfeng paints and visualizes ideas and moods into different spatial dimensions, presenting the order and conflict between the internal and external ways of looking.
Ma Jianfeng’s paintings embody the linguistic styles of Neo-Expressionism, where the notions of abstraction, figuration, composition, and visual perspectives are not drawn from knowledge but from his experiences in working with various spatial dimensions and materials. Ma Jianfeng tempers the relationship between the painting surface and the three-dimensional like all translations of fiction and reality. Materials, actions, display, and way of seeing determine the co-existing qualities of openness and transience of Ma Jianfeng’s works. Ma’s work translates between various structural states if the medium of painting pursues a form of consistency. They cannot be perceived instantly – this is a rebellion against the gaze. Drawing and painting are being constantly deconstructed, reassembled, compressed, forming new orders at the limit of the visual threshold.