Title: On Diversion

Exhibition: 23rd March to 23rd April 2017

Artists: Song Yongping and Ma Yuan


On Diversion showcases a wide range of works including print, installation and video by two Chinese artists: Song Yongping and Ma Yuan. Song Yongping takes the image of the dollar bill and transforms it into a statement which encourages the audience to reconsider our complex relationship with money and value in today's society. Ma Yuan’s works, on the other hand, explore the possibility of time and space and the subtle relationship between intangibility and tangibility. On Diversion can be interpreted as the symbolic title for the journey of both artists. It reflects the path of Song Yongping and Ma Yuan through their respective careers and their transition to Contemporary Art.

Song Yongping (b. 1961, Taiyuan, Shanxi) is an artist who works with a variety of media including photography, painting and performance. Song graduated from the Painting Department at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1983. He then went on to organised the Seven Persons Modern Art Exhibition in Shanxi in 1985, and in the following year, the Modern Ceramics Exhibition and Art Events in the Village. In 1986, Song partnered with China Central Television (CCTV) to film art activities in Shanxi for a proposed television program about New Wave Art. He also exhibited at the China/Avant-Garde Exhibition held at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing, 1989). Song currently works in Beijing and exhibits widely. 

Ma Yuan (b.1959, Tianjin) is a professor of Painting Department at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, China. He graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1982 and graduated as the member of the fifth class of oil painting students from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1991. In 2015, his solo exhibition The Ma Yuan Method was presented at the Venice Biennale, Republic of San Marino Pavilion.






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