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Song Kun (b.1977)
U've Been Gone
signed in Chinese, dated '2005', and titled in Chinese and English (on the reverse)
oil on artificial leather
140 x 185 cm. (55 1/8 x 72 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2005

Lot Essay

Song Kun often expresses her reflections with a mature yet delicate style, but has decided to experiment with new artistic languages when it comes to expressing the sentiments that prevail among the 70's youth.
Song's work is unique in that it not only presents female touches and tenderness but also exhibited subtle edginess with the use of powerful brushstrokes. Song's brazen brushstrokes, the hallmark of Expressionism, are the result of years of study on Classicism figures as well as lighting and illumination. As if making a piece of jade, Song spends years shaping a raw jade stone into bi (flat jade disc), inventing new artistic expression with her refined taste and techniques.

Song creates a surreal observing space based on her investigation into human figures and identities. Her work is painted on synthetic leather, with which fake and industrial texture magnifies a sense of aloofnesss and desire depicted in the present lot. 'The langauge is the content and the material finds itself as the piece develops, based on what message needs to be delivered,' Song once said. The painting reflects the artist's dexteiry and her passion for continuous experiment.

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