Lukas Pürmayr & Wang Ai / Cultural Forum Beijing

„Blow Up; Reflecting on Surfaces“

Cultural Forum Beijing presents the exhibition “Blow Up; Reflecting on Surface” curated by Alexandra Grimmer from June 19, 2021 – August 10, 2021 in Beijing/China.
For the presentation of their works at Hinterseer Space in Caochangdi, two artists have embarked on a deeper research on the topic of surface. While Lukas Pürmayr (1994 born in Tyrol) remained true to his usual medium, photography, Wang Ai (1971 born in Zhejiang province) recently experimented in a new technique with glass beads that are passed over painted surfaces, altering perception through blurred shapes and light.

Pürmayr’s technique is a testament to his skillful use of analog photography on 35mm film, fascinating colors and synthetic materiality. His “Blow Up” series shows anonymous details found during a walk through Vienna’s Prater in 2020. Pürmayr goes in search of clues, isolating tiny details in the lens of his camera and presenting them as heroes of his photography.
His works are juxtaposed with two light boxes and paintings by Wang Ai, whose philosophy is deeply rooted in Chinese tradition and who combines an international language in the application of his techniques with the philosophy of Buddhism.
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