Arario Gallery Shanghai is pleased to present HAN Jiaquan's solo project "The Final Message" in the new space of Arario Gallery Shanghai from January 14th to March 4th. The exhibition features works by the artist created over the past three years about his subtle consciousness and expression of his own emotions as an individual.
Returning to Arario Gallery for a soloproject after more than three years, HAN Jiaquan continues to develop a distinct visual identity of refinement and restraint in his works, manifested in the contrast of using colorless shades and one or two bright colors as a restraint that allows the artist to establish a sense of certainty in the adaptation of small-scale works. This seemingly antagonistic and contradictory relationship between simplicity and complexity, delightment and frustration, texture and inexplicability has always been the direction of HAN's artistic practice.
The exhibition presents mundane objects and sceneries as an expression of HAN's emotions andas a setting for creating illusions and imagination, resulting in a sophisticated, linear connection of streaming consciousness that far surpasses a realistic representation. Compared to HAN’s previous works, these emotional changes and associations triggered by daily life have been captured in the stream of consciousness and transformed into paintings.
"I want to accept this kind of accidental event when viewing. Not presupposing is a way to disintegrate the intention, and it can also remove the unnatural restraint required for seeing." The featuring works "Legend", "Fish Eyes and Beads", and "Fancy Overlay" are based on such a creative approach, where unpredictability enters the picture. While "Staring at Me" and "Eyes" depict the artist's dazed sensations and floating thoughts as he examines a basin-shaped ornament and a brooch stand."
韩家泉，“传说”，2022，布面油画，40 x 30 cm
HAN Jiaquan, Legend, 2022, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm ⓒ Artist and ARARIO GALLERY
In addition, the highlighted painting series "Wave", "Hope", and "A Story about a Fisher Boy" represent the artist's poetic reveries of water droplets and pearls. It is said that the crystal water droplets on Venus' body in the legend, or the splashes of water in the memory of the fisherman boy, turn into flawless pearls at the end of the story. This may be how HAN Jiaquan found the shimmering light in the darkness of dawn and wanted to bring this to the attention of everyone - the shimmering light that he was looking for. "If there is a final message that can only be hope."