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Chambers Fine Art: Artfarm Summer Exhibition: Hong Lei and Taca Sui

Hong Lei, Speak, Memory of Five-Needle Pine, 2005, Color Photograph, 37 1/8 x 47 1/8 in, 洪磊,说吧,记忆五针松,彩色照片,94 x 120 cm

Chambers Fine Art is excited to be participating in Art Trek, a self-guided tour of Upstate Diary's favorite art happenings on May 29th & 30th, 2021, from 11am to 3pm. For this occasion, we are pleased to unveil our summer exhibition at Artfarm for 2021, featuring the work of Hong Lei and Taca Sui.

Hong Lei (born 1960 in Changzhou, China) and Taca Sui (born 1984 in Chingdao, China) share an enormous respect for the great cultural and artistic achievements stretching back thousands of years of China’s past. Born nearly two and a half decades apart from each other, however, they approach this vast subject that can be overwhelming in the the hands of lesser artists from very different perspectives, partly due to temperamental reasons and partly to the different circumstances of their formative years. Hong Lei did not graduate in painting from the Nanjing Art Academy until 1987, three years after Taca was born. Dissatisfied with his Expressionist painting style, he turned to photography in 1996, as did a number of other experimental artists in the mid-1990s. 

Taca Sui studied briefly at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing in 2003 before studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Art Student’s League in New York. His attitude to the past is much more straightforward than that of Hong Lei as the present barely seems to exist for him in the three memorable series of photographs, Odes (2013), Steles (Huang Yi Project), (2013), and Grotto Heavens, (2018). 

Taca Sui, Jiu Long Mountain, 2018, Archival pigment print, Set of 3, 86 1/2 x 55 1/4 in each, Edition of 6 + 2AP, 塔可,九龙山, 收藏级艺术打印,共3件,每件220 x 140.5 cm,6 版 + 2AP

Hong Lei and Taca Sui are both included in the current Asia Society Triennial, divided between Asia Society and the New York Historical Society and Museum & Library. Their work may be seen in Dreaming Together at the New York Historical Society Museum & Library until July 25, 2021.