Title:‘This is all I’m going to say, you know what I mean’
Date: 3rd - 13th Feb. 2015
Location: Project Space Plus, the University of Lincoln, UK
‘This is all I’m going to say, you know what I mean’ is a touring group exhibition that brings together artists based in the UK and in China. The first stop will be in Project Space Plus, Lincoln, with a wide range of artistic expression, by eight contemporary artists - Steve Dutton, John France, Wei Zhen, Chunmei Liu, Fang Lu, Mengmei Zheng, Tao Zhang and Eleni Zevgaridou. Their artworks range across traditional oil paintings, multimedia works, Chinese ink paintings and contemporary sculptures, with a common theme of commenting on opacity in language, particularly in a “critical realistic spirit”. An opportunity for cross-fertilisation between artists from the UK and China, the project will continue in Beijing and Tangshan in China. The artworks from the Chinese artists in this exhibition expressed a positive critical-realism spirit --- the struggling from the modernized society, the worrying for the damaged environment by the over-speed industrial development, the exploration of the human nature, and the discussion on consciousness and unconsciousness, etc. The strong visual impact from their works descript different stories in China.
Besides the Chinese artists, British artist Steve Dutton brings his text-based artworks to the exhibition, express his ideas to the audience directly with text. Since text-based art with literal meaning is still a field yet to be found in China, the contrast and communication between visual art vs. text art and Chinese contemporary art vs. British contemporary art become very attractive.