you can’t live forever.

Artist: Lei Chak Man
Opening reception: July 15, 2017, 4 p.m.
Duration: July 15, 2017—August 14, 2017
(11:00—18:00, Monday & Tuesday closed)

Location: Ying Gallery, No.258-2-1 Cao Chang Di Village, Cui Ge Zhuang, Chao Yang District, Beijing, China, 100015

Ying Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition “you can’t live forever.” by artist Lei Chak Man on July 15, 2017. Spanning over a period of one month, this exhibition will showcase a collection of selected works by the artist produced from 2015-2017. Showcasing a series of works made with a variety of different mediums, including stickers, mirrors, acrylics, smoke, marker pens and paper cutout, as well as excerpts, sound recordings, poetry and lyrics, this exhibition muses on the passage of time with an interspersing of words, sounds and images. The exhibition will last until August 14, 2017.

The exhibition title "you can’t live forever” refers to an excerpt from the chapter shuolinxun in the ancient Chinese text Huainanzi: "a mayfly completes the process from birth to death in a matter of one single day, exerting all of its happiness.” When a mayfly reaches maturity, it will only live as short as a single day. And during this 24-hour period (86400 seconds), it has to shed its skin twice, learn how to fly, find a spouse, copulate, lay eggs and die. In relating to the time-sensitive nature of the matured mayfly, the works in this exhibition use “points” as a unifying element not only to symbolize the movement of time in seconds, but their accumulation over a vast surface is a record of the passage of time to possibly suggest the 86400 seconds of each and every day is never the same twice. On one hand, the subject matters depicted in the works span across from children’s toys and motivational stickers, the September 11 attacks, T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets to F. Scott Fitzgerald”s The Great Gatsby in a drifty, schizophrenic-like exploration of time, desire, unpredictability and death. On the other hand, each work represents an independent “proposal” based on the artist’s own sense-experience to illustrate the length, depth, and fields of time: length represents the linear duration of a life span; depth represents the experience gathered and intensity exerted (or felt); fields represent the expanse and diverse uncertainty. Each “proposal” intermixes the idea of the innocence (child) and the idea of worldliness (adult) to present the extremes of fantasy and reality brought together.

Lei Chak Man (1977-) was born in Hong Kong and moved to Macau when he was eight years old. At the age of twelve, his family immigrated to Canada. He continued his studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), the École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in France, and at the Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario), earning an MFA degree in 2008.

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