Tang Dixin in his studio, Courtesy of Ota Fine ArtsTang Dixin (b.1982, China) is a Shanghai-based contemporary artist working with painting, performance and video installation. He received orthodox Western art education in Shanghai and is part of the relatively liberal avant-garde generation from the 1980s.
Tang Dixin, Crowd, 2018, Oil on canvas, 215 x 385 cm © Tang Dixin, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
Tang’s paintings play between figuration and abstraction. The two main themes in his oeuvre, bodies and landscapes, are depicted in a concrete way that viewers can easily distinguish, such as reassembled limbs, skeletons or trees. However, Tang’s rough and intuitive brushstrokes are composed of scenes that are surreal and full of imaginations. In the work Crowd, Tang piles up human bodies on the huge canvas, limbs are connected to one another in a clumsy but powerful manner, exaggerative figures overlap the canvas as a kind of mountain landscape. These sceneries from Tang’s paintings appear to be random memories of his dreams, making it difficult to distinguish between reality or illusion.Tang Dixin, Two Bodies, 2020, Oil on canvas, 152.6 x 122.5 cm © Tang Dixin, Courtesy of Ota Fine ArtsTang Dixin’s paintings also unveil his inner world and life experience. Through painting impossible physical body gestures and using bright contrasting colours, Tang releases the latent energy that he has accumulated within from various residencies and city life in Shanghai. During his stay in Singapore, Tang deeply explored the local forests and created works from his observation and memories. The painting Forest expresses a free and vivid atmosphere, while the enlarged branches and leaves disguise the actual size of the tree.
Tang Dixin, Forest, 2020, Oil on canvas, 122.5 x 152.6 cm © Tang Dixin, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
Recently, Tang Dixin continues his motif of human form on paper works. Intense blue and red ink are played around with fingers directly on paper in a witty yet violent manner, presenting contrasts between hard and soft strokes, a sense of counter force between foreground red and background blue, and also contradictory nature of human behaviors.
Tang allows himself to gaze internally through various painting expressions, pursuing mental freedom while accepting one’s limits in bodies.Tang Dixin, Flow, 2020, Ink on paper, 92.5 x 140 cm © Tang Dixin, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
Tang Dixin, Violent Torso, 2015, Oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm © Tang Dixin, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
Tang Dixin, Human Mountain, 2016-2018, Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm © Tang Dixin, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
Tang Dixin, Pile of People, 2018, Oil on canvas, 215 x 140 cm © Tang Dixin, Courtesy of Ota Fine ArtsTang Dixin, Sea of People, 2020, Ink on paper, 40 x 55 cm © Tang Dixin, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
Installation views: "Dog Bark", 2015, Ota Fine Arts Singapore, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
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Installation views: "Tang Dixin", 2018, Ota Fine Arts Tokyo, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
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Tang Dixin (b.1982, Hangzhou, China) lives and works in Shanghai. In 2005, he graduated from the Faculty of Painting, Shanghai Normal University, China. Tang’s solo exhibitions include “Tang Dixin”, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo (2018), “Tang Dixin”, AIKE, Shanghai (2017), “Dog Bark”, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore (2015), “Mr. Hungry”, AIKE-DELLARCO, Shanghai (2014). He has also participated in notable group exhibitions such as “Red” TANK, Shanghai (2021), “Embodied Mirror: Performances in Chinese Video Art”, New Century Art Foundation, Beijing (2020), “Two Houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang”, ICA Singapore (2018); “Absolute Collection Guideline”, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (2015), “10th Gwangju Biennale – Burning Down the House”, Gwangju, (2014), “Revel – Celebrating MoCA’s 8 Years in Shanghai”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2013) and “ON | OFF China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013).
Installation view: "Habitat", 2021, Ota Fine Arts Shanghai, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
Cheng Ran, Hilmi Johandi, Takao Minami, Guo-Liang Tan, Tang Dixin
Ota Fine Arts Shanghai
2021.8.7 - 10.16A habitat is simply a home, and can be thought of as a place where living organisms live, eat, breed in, and survive. Encompassing painting, film and photography, "Habitat" explores the varied and inventive approaches taken by 5 leading Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean artists in navigating the complex relationship between man and nature, and man and urban environments.
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