Illusory Metamorphoses_Grass Cloth version No 1 110cmx140cm

Fu Wenjun, Illusory Metamorphoses, Grass Cloth version No 1 110 cm x140 cm, Images Courtesy of the Artist

MIAMI, Florida 13, 2014-   From January 17th to 20th, 2014, the Contemporary Art Projects USA directed by Sunny Isles-based art marketing consultant Tata Fernandez will be individually showcasing the work of Chinese conceptual photographer Fu Wenjun at the fifth edition of MIA International Art Fair aboard SeaFair in Downtown Miami.

As a conceptual photographer -whose works have been exhibited at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing- Wenjun, 58, developed his passion for a new medium in a smooth fashion coming from years studying oil painting and then moving on to photography.

In 1987, he obtained an arts degree from the Sinchuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, which is China’s oldest art academy of higher learning; but it was at the turn of the new millennium that Wenjun dedicated himself solely to conceptual photography.

“The transition from photography to conceptual photography did not occur by chance,” Wenjun said, “It came from an intellectual transition, a slow process which goes along my cognition deepening process.”

Two months ago in Paris, during the “19th World Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition” at the Carrousel du Louvre, his pieces belonging to the series “Illusory Metamorphoses” were highly praised by critics and featured in a variety of news outlets that included the European Times, The People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, andthe Chinese Channel of Phoenix Television.

“The main theme of the exhibition was Heritage and Territory and I am very pleased to know that through my works visitors recognized the importance of the international aspect of contemporary culture which transcends those themes,” Wenjun added.

Next week, at the Contemporary Art Projects USA booth at MIA, Wenjun will exhibit eight photographs depicting the famous Dazu Rock Carvings combined with models of the X-ray human skeleton printed in Rongchang grass cloth.

Exploring faith and religion, life and death, Wenjun presents the dichotomies of existence and illusion using the almost-extinct grass cloth as an artistic experiment on the contemporary transformation of an intangible culture.

The two curators selected for this show are Zang Chaonan and Luis Valenzuela. Fu Wenjun will be traveling from China for this unique exhibition.

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