“Wandering in the Crossroads,” an exhibition of Qian Wu’s latest works, co-curated by Lan Zhan and Elga Wimmer, opened at Elga Wimmer PCC, New York, on June 19. From the city of Xiamen in Fujian province, China, Wu has been painting since the age of six. His practice stems from academic studies, including an undergraduate major in social and cultural analysis and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute as well as studio courses.
The removal of boundaries of eastern and western iconography, and an integration of traditional Chinese painting with the bold strokes of western abstraction and the combination of different media signify his work. Rather than the marks and architectural patterning of Franz Kline or Hans Hofmann, who Wu cited as influences, these canvases ( mixing concepts and media: oil, acrylic, ink and watercolor) resemble the early paintings of Jackson Pollock with poles dividing and creating road or forestlike patterns on the canvas.
This show is up until July 2 at Elga Wimmer PCC, 526 W. 26th St., #310, New York, New York, 10001. Tuesday through Saturday from 12—6 p.m. or by appointment by calling (212) 206-0006, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org