Resident Show Opening 'Convergence'
May 25th 2014
EVENT TYPE Resident Art Show
LOCATION ICAS Studio; 22 King James Street East Lyme CT

  • Resident Artists Wu Xiaoping, Li Wei, Shi Hongbin, and Li Lin, 'Convergence' Art Show Promotional material; May 2014
  • Resident Artists Wu Xiaoping, Li Wei, Shi Hongbin, and Li Lin, 'Convergence' Art Show Promotional material cover; May 2014; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Show 'Convergence' Prior to guests arriving; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Show 'Convergence' Prior to guests arriving; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Show 'Convergence' Prior to guests arriving; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Show 'Convergence' Prior to guests arriving; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Show 'Convergence' Prior to guests arriving; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Show 'Convergence' Prior to guests arriving; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Show 'Convergence' Artists vonversing with a few early guests; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Wu Xiaoping posing with guests; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Shi Hongbin posing with guests; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Li Wei posing with guests; May 2014
  • Resident Artist Li Lin posing with guests; May 2014
'Convergence' is the International Contemporary Artist Space's (ICAS) May 2014 exhibition featuring four contemporary Chinese Ink painters taking part in the ICAS Artist Residency program. Utilizing their knowledge and years of practice in traditional Chinese Ink Painting techniques, each artist has a passion for life's experiences as well as admiration for the beauties in nature and art. Each with their own style and molded by the directions their lives have lead them and a desire to discover and take part in new experiences, these artists draw their inspiration from the journeys they've taken and, as their paths converge, where they look to go next.

Artist Li Lin presents works that reflect the essence of Taoism and a return to nature. His strong sense and respect for the beauty of nature is reflected in his artworks, flowing with expressive ink images of water and bold striking mountain tops. Striving to push the
boundaries of traditional Chinese Ink painting, Li Lin creates contemporary works to bring mystery and intrigue to the viewer, imbuing his art with the sublime aesthetic and spirit of reality with the added depth presented from our modern cultural landscape. Artist Li Wei has an affinity for nature and the relationship between artist and subject. He creates pieces which harken to traditional Chinese Ink Paintings and coupled with more contemporary bold color and contrast. Li transcends creating works which merely seek to form a resemblance of their subject but also to express the humanistic spirit and feelings. Recognizing that the appearance of the image is no longer as important as the emotions, experiences, and charms put forth through the artist's work. Artist Shi Hongbin is a Chinese Ink Painting traditionalist, creating pieces with stunningly precise line work in juxtaposition with expressive flowing brush strokes. He pursues a painting technique which reflects and induces a Zen state of being. Utilizing aquatic scenes with different compositions of fish and plant life, both vibrant and muted, Shi Hongbin seeks to create a surreal world of water, in contrast to that of land, as a means to display an ideal way of life. One which is flowing and calm, free from the vulgarities and pollutants of modern living. Artist Wu Xiaoping takes a more contemporary approach to traditional Chinese Ink painting and calligraphy. Creating works with both literal and symbolic meaning, Wu Xiaoping utilizes the aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy in a more abstracted manner which emphasizes the Chinese proverb 'Paintings and words have the same source.' His artwork questions and explores the meanings words carry and how they are passed along and received in our fast paced modern society and the age of information.