Drifting Fragments: Exhibition by Lijun Xiong

The Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series

P144 Power Art Gallery, William Paterson University

Organized By

The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University

Xiong Lijun is an oil painting artist, Professor at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, and a visiting scholar at Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, 2018.

Lijun's work focuses on youth subculture and has a strong sense of "the times" (reflecting this era), which is the epitome of popular culture since China's reform and opening up. Her recent works, which have a clear narrative concept of "floating city," have turned more attention to individuals and their living environment. Most of the scenes in her works exist in real life, happened all of a sudden and soon faded. Multifarious and exquisite parts of the world meet and overlap like a montage, and the people in it, constantly switching their thinking between fragments of different scenes, are wandering in the distance, becoming a contradiction between ideal and reality. The city not only offers excessive opportunities for humanity, but also breeds endless trouble. Anxiety or easiness, depression or pleasure are all passive choices at the moment. People are trudging in the spirit of self-fulfillment. Her work reflects the dissolution of noble culture in today's society and the loss of the spiritual home of young people. They are like a visual feast of indulgence and self-paralysis.


Opening Reception

10/30/2018, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Power Art Gallery, William Paterson University


The Art Traditions of Sichuan Academy of Arts and Lijun Xiong’s Artworks

By Lijun Xiong, Professor of Sichuan Academy of Arts, China
11/06/2018, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at P144 Power Art Gallery, William Paterson University