In January 2021, Chen Yingjie (Hua Tunan) was invited by the Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum MOCA to work out of the usual creative space and go to Shanghai to create “Gravity XLI” landscape series.
The mural 自然重力 41 | GRAVITY XLI was painted on Nanchang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai / （中国）上海市黄浦区南昌路292号. The road is lined with sycamore trees.
The mural was painted at No.292 and hosted an impressive 90m wide by 100m high! The wall gracefully displays the shadows from the opposite sycamore tree in all its glory!
Hua used Acrylic and spray paint / 亚克力、喷漆.
Faced with the outdoor environment full of uncontrollable factors, the creation combines Chinese landscape with Western street art, and the picture is integrated with the bare sycamore trees facing the street, conforming to the growth of the trees and perfectly showing the natural light and shadow changes they create.
The clear and deep colours bring a profound visual impact, and the powerful splashed ink creates vitality for the picture, spreading to the boundless heights.
Using an experimental method to explore the spanning language between tradition and street spirit, Hua hopes that Chinese landscape painting will no longer be traditional, but another natural time and space with layers of penetration.
“I have always thought of a sentence in my creation, Think big, do small. If there is no accumulation of small streams, there is no way to become a river #East and West/ 我创作一直想的一句话, Think big, do small. #街头水墨 #不积小流无以成江海 #东方西方” Hua Tunan
The work took five days to complete, and the “Natural Gravity” series also spanned from easel painting to urban art.
Conveying the concept of inclusiveness of all things in Chinese culture, starting from the historic street of Nanchang Road, it reinterprets the contemporary humanities of the metropolis with the poetic touch of the landscape.
The work can only be completed when the sycamore leaves are flourishing in spring.
Photo Credit Hua Tunan
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