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X+Q Art at Paul Smith Melbourne

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Paul Smith Melbourne is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition of handmade sculptures by X+Q Art.

The brainchild of contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci, Chinese art collective X+Q Art construct colourful and vivid stories with their arresting sculptural pieces.

Showing in galleries from London to Shanghai and with the exhibition recently on display in his shop in Faubourg St Honore, Paris, Paul Smith is delighted to be hosting the artists’ work in his Melbourne shop. Two of China’s most successful modern artists, Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci have created complimentary pieces that sit side-by-side in the Paul Smith shop each capturing a whimsical and humorous tone.

In her I Have Seen Happiness sculpture series, Xiang Jing aims to celebrate youth and create an optimistic mood with her vibrant rabbit sculptures flocked in rich shades of red, blue, yellow and green.The collection is particularly appropriate given Paul’s own fondness for rabbits.

Whilst in The Angelest Qian and The Angelest Kun, Qu Guangci fuses Eastern and Western sentiments, referencing both in his series of winged oriental angels. Similarly bright to Xiang Jing’s I Have Seen Happiness, Qu also aims to illuminate visitors instilling brightness and positivity through art.

26th February – 10th April 2014
Paul Smith, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne

The brainchild of contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci, Chinese art collective X+Q Art construct colourful

Dancing Auspicious Crane 1

X+Q Art: Masterpiece of Chinese Paintings

X+Q Art, the brainchild of leading contemporary Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci is commissioned by the V&A museum to launch an exclusive range of scarves inspired by the major autumn exhibition Masterpiece of Chinese Paintings 700-1900.

Masterpiece of Chinese Paintings, 700-1900
26 October 2013 – 19 January 2014
The V&A Museum, London

The X+Q Factor – Financial Times How to Spend It

The Modern and the Tradition – ELLE Deco Taiwan

 

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I Have Seen Happiness

You use a red cloth

to cover the eyes, and the sky

You ask what I see

I say, I have seen happiness

– Cui Jian, The Red Cloth

The Chinese art brand X+Q Art is invited for a special exhibition at Paul Smith flagship store in Paris to coincide with the Paris Fashion Week in autumn 2013.

I Have Seen Happiness, is an artwork especially created by the artist Xiang Jing and X+Q Art, personifies youth and innocence, inspired by the song from Cui Jian, the father of Chinese Rock. This sculptural representation of happiness is flocked in a rich red, blue, yellow and green, making it soft to touch. The sculpture embodies happiness, pureness and optimism, inspiring the pursuit of happiness and beauty in this word.

X+Q Art at Paul Smith
October – November 2013
3 rue Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris
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X+Q @ ENTRATALIBERA

X+Q Art @ ENTRATALIBERA for Fuori Salon 2013

Milan Invitation

Following phenomenal success in China and at London Design Festival last year, X+Q Art, which produces limited edition artworks based on the large scale sculptures by the art duo Xiang and Qu, will take part in a showcase exhibition On the Road, alongside international design visionaries Michael Young and Lapo Ciatti, at Milan Design Week this year. The showcase, which takes place at ENTRATALIBERA, known as Design Glamour Store, an 800sqm conceptual design gallery space, will also feature the two artists’ stunning original sculptures.

Showcase details

X+Q Art at ENTRATALIBERA Fuorisalone, 9th – 27th April

Reception: 11th April, 19.00

Address: Corso Indipendenza, 16, 20129 Milan, Italy

Phone: +39 02 7000 6147

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Soka Hong Ling invitation

Hong Ling Contemporary Chinese Landscape – Exhibition Consultant

30 October – 12 November 2012

Soka Art at Asia House
In partnership with Asian Art in London, King’s College London China Institute and EMI Classics

Hong Ling, one of China’s most revered landscape painters is to unveil his first UK exhibition, Hong Ling: Contemporary Chinese Landscape, at Asia House, as part of the Asian Art in London 2012.

Hong Ling’s work is magnificent and has given us all great pleasure. I hope to see more of his work showing in the UK.
Sir John Boyd, chairman of Asia House, former chairman of British Museum

“The concept of landscape painting in the East and West is rather different in my view. My aim is to convey the Chinese aesthetics of the universe – ‘my mind is the universe; the universe is my mind’ – through oil painting, a medium with its roots in the West.”

Hong Ling on JMW Turner’s Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth (c.1842), TATE ETC, Spring 2013

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The Nordic Cool – The Power of the Arts


It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.

Oscar Wilde, saw on a shop window in Stockholm

 

 

A highlight of the trip is that we managed to visit three most picturesque art galleries –

  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
    – an old country house which has undergone seven expansions by the visionary Danish architects. The sculpture garden is playful and somehow communicates a spiritual side of the Danish coast beyond the time
  • Fotografiska, Stockholm
    – beautifully curated show with Sally Mann’s photography on the controversial topic on decay and death
  • Artipelag, Stockholm
    – with hardly any English directory guide (very rare in Sweden I was told – only because the island was just open to the public the week before) we mounted a boat and headed to the dreamland combining art and archipelago, and it did not disappoint us. With the nordic sea and pine forest as the backdrop, we were surrounded by things that inspire, be it art, architecture or nature.

When you walk around the cultural institutions during the week, you will be surprised to find how packed they are. There are cultural tourists, educational groups, retired people, people on their lunch breaks, from all walks of life.

A city is not only a city of its time. It is linked to history. I was fascinated by the educated nordic crowds. What kind of history can nurture such a nation? I hardly know anything about them if not because of the TV series like Borgon or the Bridge. Geographically it’s on the edge of Europe, away from the chaos. But it’s not away from the centre of the universe – the power of the arts here says it all. Another chance perhaps when I come back, I will try to find out the reason behind it; but for now, let’s just enjoy the chance of being a tourist who is falling in love with the stylish land.

 

 

 

 

X+Q Showroom

X+Q Art

September, 2012

Squint South Kensington, London Design Festival 2012

Leading contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci will be showcasing their design brand X+Q Art in London on 20 September during the London Design Festival (14-23 September 2012).

For Beijing Duo X+Q, home is where the art is Jing Daily

I always believe that being a sculptor is a spiritual profession that is closest to God, because as a sculptor you are creating and shaping lives, too – Dazed Digital interview with Qu Guangci