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QIN FENG: Ink Innovator

March 1st

3 - 6pm

Saturday, March 1st, 2014




T 845-765-8988  212-625-1250


Ethan Cohen proudly presents a solo exhibition by renowned Chinese painter Qin Feng, opening with an extraordinary performance by the artist at Ethan Cohen KuBe on March 1st from 3-6pm.


As one of the first artists in China to radically synthesize Western modernism and traditional Chinese ink-painting, Qin Feng (pronounced chin-fung) is a pioneer in contemporary Chinese ink art. We invite you to witness his creative process in action at Ethan Cohen KuBe, experiencing his bold brushstrokes up close and in motion. The awe-inspiring results are meditative images that seamlessly blend ancient Chinese ink methods and modern Western Abstract Expressionism.


Qin Feng overtly flirts with modern Western art movements, ushering the skills and vision of a millennia into the next century. He emphasizes cultural contrast through the use of tea (symbolizing Asia) and coffee (symbolizing the West) as background colors.


Qin Feng has mastered the use of art as a universal means to communicate across cultural barriers, reinterpreting familiar concepts and languages in adopting this post-modern expressive style. He often incorporates Chinese, Uighur, Arabic, and Hindu language into his work, a reflection of his upbringing in China’s multilingual frontier region Xinjiang and his fascination with the spoken and written word. His artworks represent the evolution that has allowed Chinese artists to free themselves from the confines of tradition, yet simultaneously formed a new chapter in their heritage.


The show at Ethan Cohen KuBe serves as an extension of the exhibition FLOW: Ink Innovators at Ethan Cohen New York, and raises the question of the origin and the flow of artistic ideas. If Qin Feng's works are perfect examples for cross-cultural influences, is it possible that Western art practices helped China to break out of its straitjacket of tradition? Or would that be speaking from a culturally biased perspective? In the end, does the Chinese tradition not continue on its own path?


Embark with us on this spectacular artistic adventure and contribute to the stimulating discussions induced through Qin Feng's work.


We look forward to seeing you.