The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College is pleased to present Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe, the Beijing-born artist’s largest solo exhibition to date in the United States, now on view through July 2, 2016. The show, features a selection of work from 2006 to the present, including new scrolls created specifically for this exhibition.
Taking on the thousand-year-old practice of Chinese scroll painting, Ji employs ink on paper as his primary medium and landscape as his central subject. However, rather than adopting the idealism characteristic of traditional scroll painting, Ji presents the gritty reality of contemporary life in China. Moreover, his work emphasizes the critical relationship between the land and its people and how that balance is being challenged by current social, political, ecological, and economic shifts.
The artist’s compositions are inspired by his fieldwork in rural areas throughout China’s, where entire villages face forced relocation to make way for ambitious infrastructural projects such as the Three Gorges Dam, and where climate change has compromised the natural environment. The resulting artworks are populated with individualized, present-day figures inhabiting land in various stages of transition.
For more information about the exhibition, watch the Yun-Fei Ji video trailer below or visit www.hamilton.edu/wellin.