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I’m Only Sleeping 

Wednesday, May 11 2011
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Zhong Biao’s solo exhibit, “Reflected on Air,” is about travelers, young and old. The Chinese contemporary artist paints human forms that are fluid in their movements, backing them with remarkably surreal images. We love Fragmented, a painting from one of Biao’s past exhibitions. It depicts a girl sleeping peacefully, a book propped on her legs. However, below her pillow and composure is an explosion of destruction: fire, smoke, gunpowder, and a fleeing man — the orange glow of fire is striking against the clouds of smoke. Biao clearly illustrates his ideas, yet conveys time and people in a dreamlike manner. Blank Pages, part of “Reflected on Air,” is just as stunning: The acrylic paint creates soft, golden fabrics and feathers — similar to Fragmented in its media. The work conveys at once that every moment is fleeting yet also connected to the infinite.
May 11-June 28, 2011

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