Past Exhibition


05 Dec - 27 Feb  |  2020 -2021
Cherney MichaelLee Chun-yiWang TiandeZhang Yu
Public hours Saturday 10am-6pm or by appointment

Brushless Video Series Premiere
Saturday, 6 February 2021
Hourly screening with two guided tour sessions:
11:00am Guided tour in Chinese
4:00pm Guided tour in English
On the occasion of Hong Kong Art Gallery Association’s SouthSide Saturday on February 6th, Alisan Fine Arts Aberdeen is excited to present a series of 4 short videos produced in conjunction with the current exhibition Brushless. Each video focuses on the exhibited artists: Michael Cherney, Lee Chun-yi, Wang Tiande, Zhang Yu and sheds light on the inspiration behind their work and their creative practice. Individually these artists employ Chinese seals and ink rubbings, fingerprints, photography, and incense to produce internationally acclaimed work that pushes the boundaries of classical ink painting.
Language: Cantonese, Putonghua, and English (subtitles: Chinese/English).
The total film duration of the four clips is around 12 minutes.
In addition to the hourly screening, there will be two guided tours following the 11 am and 4 pm sessions.
To maintain better social distancing and in case of last-minute changes, we kindly ask you to RSVP

About the Exhibition
Alisan Fine Arts is excited to present Brushless, a group exhibition featuring four internationally renowned artists whose practices revolutionize contemporary ink painting with the use of various tools and media. While brush and ink form the backbone of traditional Chinese ink painting and aesthetics, these four pioneering artists have chosen to push the boundaries of this classical practice by replacing the brush with the use of stamping, photography, incense sticks, and the artist’s own index finger. Together, they have collectively redefined and revived the ancient art form with their robust understanding and respect for the tradition, as well as their clear insights into the future trajectory of ink painting.

Artists included in this exhibition are American photographer, Michael Cherney who uses the materiality of photographic images printed on rice paper; cosmopolitan Taiwanese artist Lee Chun-yi whose approach departs from the conventional use of brushes by employing Chinese seals and ink rubbings on paper to form a semi-photographic image; while avant-garde ink artist Wang Tiande uses the brush to paint, the additional use of incense sticks adds a unique and ephemeral quality to his traditional landscapes, and lastly Zhang Yu whose experimental use of his index finger as the sole tool of creation, fully explores the relationship between self-identity, time, and existence.

The continuing contribution from these four innovative artists has helped in expanding the possibilities of ink painting, serving to reveal the profound potential and contemporaneity of ink art.

An e-catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition