Published to accompany 'Tracing the Milky Way,' a group show featuring six Chinese artists at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing from March to May 2011. Includes essays by Martina Koppel-Yang, Jean de Losiy, Guo Xiaoyan and Hou Hanru, artist interviews and biographies.
'"Tracing the Milky Way" recounts the story of life’s journey, and the unique opportunities destiny provides through moments and encounters, forever marking and redefining one’s path. "Tracing the Milky Way" is, surprisingly, the first time in Beijing this group of leading artists are united. A group of friends, among them artists, writers, poets, critics and curators, all on an infinite voyage, all in constant dialogue with their inner selves. Their works are working on different horizons with singular vocabulary and attitude. The only possible point in common they might have would be in their revelation to us the importance and relevance of the imagination as the faculty of perception and knowledge of the soul. Chen Zhen, Huang Yong Ping, Shen Yuan, Wang Du, Yan Pei-Ming and Yang Jiechang are a unique mixture of personalities whose visions when combined catalyse an explosion of natural and supranatural, real and imaginary, terrestrial and extra-terrestrial. The soul or psyche as the intelligent primary source of the cosmos and the envisioned mediator between divine and human… In short, the motor force behind life’s work and creativity.' (Excerpt from 'Forword' by Jerome Sans, p. 9)