Ji'An(b. 1967) Jiang
Neighbour No.4
signed 'JJA' in Pinyin; dated '2010.5' (lower right)
ink and colour on silk
67 x 163 cm. (26 3/8 x 64 1/8 in.)
Painted in 2010
Times Art Museum, ChangesoObserve - The First Gongbi Painting Nomination Exhibition, Beijing, China, 2010 (illustrated, p.75).
Jiangxi Fine Arts Publishing House, Chinese Ink Painting - 2012 Chinese Gongbi style Contemporary Painting Nomination Exhibition, Jiangxi, China, 2012 (illustrated, pp.54-55).

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Lot Essay

'The ultimate objective of art is to challenge one's established sensibility'.
- Jiang Ji'an

Jiang Ji'an's art mirrors his fascination with nominal aesthetic and philosophical studies. He successfully delivers beautiful contemporary works which transcend traditional Chinese art techniques with a refreshing point of view, whilst honouring the established Gong bi principles. In Neighbor No. 4, Jiang challenges the viewer's perception of dimensions with a conventional medium. Instead of being just a planar image, Neighbor No. 4 expands to create a three-dimensional impression. The frame and the windows partition the space into several elements, whilst the blurry shadow serves as a vehicle for interpretation. In this process, a triangular structure-the venue, the exhibition, and the viewer-is presented. Jiang's 'thinking-in-reverse' approach dissolves our deep-rooted habits and inspires us to reexamine the relationship between' man and art, man and space' through a methodical and quantified execution.

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