Ironside has always been a hub for rising talents and emerging creative businesses. This past month was no exception again with the opening of Gallery ART LEXÏNG, who represents rising contemporary artists from across Asia. To inaugurate their space here at Ironside, they opened with a captivating show by artist Ye Hongxing, titled, “The Dazzling World of Ye Hongxing.” The opening night brought nearly 300 Miami art enthusiasts out to experience a night of Chinese contemporary art and social fun, along with cocktails provided by Bombay Sapphire and nibbles from Shokudo Miami.
Hongxing’s new artworks are jewel-strewn images comprised of stickers, diamante, glass beads and stones. Vivid scenes are made from layers of tiny colorful embellishments. From a distance, the works appear as hyper real compositions of nature, complete with animals and creatures in a colorful wonderland. On closer inspection, the large scenes are assembled from thousands of stickers. Mass produced materials collected from retail and haberdashery outfits depict clashing images of nature, buddhas, skulls, shoes and helicopters. Hongxing’s wild clash of east versus west motifs reveals a visual reading of a modern China. Caught in the frenzy of the country’s economic and technological progress, her pieces aim to lend a narrative on the dizzying impact on its people, highlighting the fusion of modern technology and secularism with the more traditional and spiritual aspects of Chinese culture. “The Dazzling World of Ye Hongxing” will be on display at ART LEXÏNG through March 10, 2015.
It's no wonder why Gallery Director Lexing Zhang became a fan of her work:
Ye has pioneered this new medium "stickers" and taken it to another level with her psychedelic compositions. Who doesn’t want to live with thousands of Hello Kitties and smiley faces?
And following the artist's overwhelming response to her collaborations with luxury shoe designer, Christian Louboutin and her residency program at the prestigious Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, California this past fall, Beijing-based artist Ye Hongxing’s profile and reputation continues to soar as one of China’s most relevant and successful contemporary artists.
My hope is that people can go into my works and experience it through their own life journeys. - Ye Hongxing