- Alvin XIONG (熊炜) -

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Cheers,

Alvin Xiong


17/05/2014


New website coming in 2 days!!!

Hi my friend,

The blog is stopped to update, my new website will be opened to public online on 17th May 2014. 


Cheers,


Alvin Xiong

15/05/2014

'Blue song'

Photograph

Year: 2013

Size:  600 x 900 mm (without frame)

Note: Limited edition 7pieces. 

2014, 'Faith' group show, Art-On Gallery, Nelson, NewZealand


'Dancing in the drakness No.2'

Photograph

Year: 2013

Size:  540 x 900 mm (without frame)

Note: Limited edition 7pieces. 

2014, 'Impromptu' group show, Pierre Peeters Gallery, Auckland, NewZealand


installation directly on the gallery wall

'Echo' 

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mirror, led

Year: 2014

Size:  1570 x 800 x 170mm

Note: 2014, 'Be the Light of My Lantern', George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


'Two of me'

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oil on canvas

Year: 2014

Size:  1200 x 750 mm

Note: Finalist in 'The Adam Portrait Award and Exhibition 2014', New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


'Symbiote'

water colour on photograph

Year: 2013

Size:  520 x 400 mm

Note: Finalist in 'The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2014', Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hamilton, New Zealand

Collection: 2014, James Wallace, New Zealand

Artist Statement:

This work is to investigate the possibility of mixing watercolour and the inkjet printing. Because I believe these two water-based materials can be integrated very well to create a new art feature which is different to conventional watercolour and digital printing.


'Tempera Research'

Year: 2011

Publish:  Alte Brücke Verlag, Heidelburg, Germany

Collection: 

2011, Sun-Yat Sen Library of Guangdong Province, China

2012, Galerie Schillerstrasse, Heidelberg, Germany

 

'7 Songs' 

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mirror, canvas, wood

Year: 2013

Size:  410 x 260 x 80mm



'Improvisation' 

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Installation (mirror, LED light)

Year: 2013

Size:  740 x 740 x 100mm

Note: Elam Graduate Show 2013, Mondrian Building, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland

Artist Statement:

'light creates the power and magic of a painting, its richness, eloquence,sensuality, and beauty.' [1]

                                                      - Otto Piene, Light Ballet

I was inspired by the process of long exposure photographic techniques to create images, which I used by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. Man Ray's 'Space Writing' (self-portrait)[2]influenced me to think that light could be used as a painting medium instead of traditional techniques. I had thought that the photographic 'light painting' had limitations in that it was only represented in two-dimensional surface. Photography captures the action of tracks of light moving, but does not show the actual light itself. Otto Piene's Light Ballet[3]gave me a new way to think about the possibility of using a spatial construction to make my work. Piene said, ‘Moholy’s Light-Space Modulator was the unmistakable forebear of light ballets’[4]and that 'the instruments were my (Piene) primitive light instruments, which ingood time I turned into light sculptures and light machines.' [5] 

The idea of my works are to convert the photographic technique to be a painting concept that which is light itself is to be the medium. I use the elements of lights, colour and mirrors to create the images in my works differing from traditional painters use pigmented paints to create their images. I want to use my work to investigate the relationship between the viewer's body and inherent beauty of point and line in a dark space. As Kandinsky said: 'Everystill and every moving point (= line) became equally alive and revealed its should to me.’[6] 

The works are the output of my ongoing research with the use of light as the medium to interpret painting, but they are not necessarily to be read as 'paintings'.  Viewers can go into the dark space and to experience the immersive experience.

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[1]Light Ballet, 1928, Cambridge, MA

[2]Man Ray ‘Space Writing’(self-portrait), 1935, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick

[3]Light Ballet, 1928, Cambridge, MA

[4]Light Ballet, 1928, Cambridge, MA

[5]Light Ballet, 1928, Cambridge, MA

[6]Kandinsky, 1993, Thames and Hudson,London


'Lullaby' 

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Installation (mirror, LED light)

Year: 2013

Size:  3700 x 3700 x 100mm

Note: Elam Graduate Show 2013, Mondrian Building, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland

Artist Statement:

'light creates the power and magic of a painting, its richness, eloquence,sensuality, and beauty.' [1]

                                                        - Otto Piene, Light Ballet

I was inspired by the process of long exposure photographic techniques to create images, which I used by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. Man Ray's 'Space Writing' (self-portrait)[2]influenced me to think that light could be used as a painting medium instead of traditional techniques. I had thought that the photographic 'light painting' had limitations in that it was only represented in two-dimensional surface. Photography captures the action of tracks of light moving, but does not show the actual light itself. Otto Piene's Light Ballet[3]gave me a new way to think about the possibility of using a spatial construction to make my work. Piene said, ‘Moholy’s Light-Space Modulator was the unmistakable forebear of light ballets’[4]and that 'the instruments were my (Piene) primitive light instruments, which ingood time I turned into light sculptures and light machines.' [5] 

The idea of my works are to convert the photographic technique to be a painting concept that which is light itself is to be the medium. I use the elements of lights, colour and mirrors to create the images in my works differing from traditional painters use pigmented paints to create their images. I want to use my work to investigate the relationship between the viewer's body and inherent beauty of point and line in a dark space. As Kandinsky said: 'Everystill and every moving point (= line) became equally alive and revealed its should to me.’[6] 

The works are the output of my ongoing research with the use of light as the medium to interpret painting, but they are not necessarily to be read as 'paintings'.  Viewers can go into the dark space and to experience the immersive experience.

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[1]Light Ballet, 1928, Cambridge, MA

[2]Man Ray ‘Space Writing’(self-portrait), 1935, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick

[3]Light Ballet, 1928, Cambridge, MA

[4]Light Ballet, 1928, Cambridge, MA

[5]Light Ballet, 1928, Cambridge, MA

[6]Kandinsky, 1993, Thames and Hudson,London


'Dream on' Finalist in Waiheke Art Award 2013

'Dream on'  

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gel pen on paper

Year: 2013

Size: 400 x 800 mm

Note: Finalist in 'Walker & Wall Waiheke Art Award 2013', Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Waiheke Isaland

2014, 'Faith' group show, Art-On Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand

'Impression'

Photograph

Year: 2013

Size:  700 x 900 mm

Note: Awarded BEST DIGITAL ARTWORK category in 'National Youth Art Award 2013', Artspost Gallery, Hamilton

2014, 'Faith' group show, Art-On Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand

Artist Statement:

The work is to investigate line and space. I want to make the viewer feel the depth of space viausing various lines.  

I found that the lights' movements could give me different width line tracks. And there is the inherent space depth in these tracks, because each light source is in their realphysical place. It means when I am taking photo and moving my camera, the front and the behind lights will leave the different definition marks in the photo. All the marks integrate together to show a space depth.


'Rhapsody No.1' 

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mirror, light, canvas

Year: 2013

Size: 500 x 400 mm

Note: Finalist in 'National Youth Art Award 2013', Artspost Gallery, Hamilton

Artist Statement:

The idea of my work is to develop the existent idea 'light painting' further. The biggest challenge in this project is that the work doesn’t involve any photography techniques, especially the long time exposure. It means that I have to use a new form to interpret the 'old' idea. I integrated the light painting concept and the conventional painting process inusing 3D material to make the work. The light is like the colour paint and the broken mirrors are the painting brushes. I call the output work is 'kinetic light painting sculpture'.


'Impression No.2'  

Photography

Year: 2013

Size: 700 x 1000mm

Note: Limited edition 7.

2013, 'The Stockroom' exhibition, Elam Projecspace Gallery, Auckland

2014, 'Impromptu', Pierre Peeters Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2014, 'Faith', Art-On Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand


'Continuous Flow' 

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tempera on wall

Year: 2013

Size: appox. 6000 x 1500 mm

Note: 2013, Some say I so I say light' exhibition, Elam Projecspace Gallery, Auckland

Artist Statement:

Samsara is the repeating cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth within Hinduism and Buddhism. My work explores the beliefs of one being reborn in a new biological structure.

No.1: Title: 'One'.  Finalist in ''The Trusts Art & Sculpture Award 2013'

Drawing Project Series (10 Pics) 

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Place: Parnell in Auckland (Part one)

gel pen on colour paper

Year: 2013

Size: A4

Note:  No.1: Title: 'One', the finalist in ''The Trusts Art & Sculpture Award 2013', Auckland; Child Cancer foundation Art Auction 2013, Hamilton

Artist Statement: 

The idea of this project came from the Maori word 'Aotearoa'. The common translation is 'the land of the long white cloud'.

Thework is my personal impression and expression about the phrase and New Zealand. The colour blue, green and brown represent the blue sky, the green land and the fertile earth in New Zealand. The long white cloud is one of the most unforgettable scenery during my living time here, because it makes me to image thekiwi family daily life, it should be relax and enjoyable.  

The work is a free handmade drawing in using white gel pen on colour paper, becauseI want to keep my drawing to be more unaffected. It reflects New Zealand is acountry that has a great tradition to protect and balance the natural environment and human being. 

My drawing follows the traditional drawing rule that is to use simple lines todepict objects. Minimalism influenced me using the simplest and fewest elementsto create the maximum effect. My interpretation of the maximum effect in mywork is that I use the simple colour and lines to express the personal impression of a country. The colour field painting inspired me to less emphasis ongesture, brush strokes and action in favour of colouras an individual subject in artwork. So the colour in my work is an independentobject to represent the existence object, for instance sky, mountain and earth. 



Work in the normal light space

Light Box Project - Unititled  

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canvas on wooden box

Year: 06. 2013

Size: Box, 400x 400x 400mm; Stand, 250x 300 x 500mm   

Note: First semester work of my light project in the Transitional Certificate study for MFA in Elam school of fine arts.

These photos only show the still effect of the light in the box, the actual light in the work is continuously turntable. 

Artist Statement: 

My intension is to use light to reflect that time is passing. I was inspired by the sunlight. Because we notice that time is passing when we see the sunlight changing from brightness to darkness.

In my first semester project, I have used different materials to investigate my idea. For instance, transferring my photographic image to oil painting, printing photography on different kinds of paper, painting watercolour on photograph on watercolour paper, painting acrylic on the canvas raw side and printing photograph on the samecanvas opposite side, making installation with readymade products. I believe that all the experiments can help me to understand and develop my project. Up to now, I found that I could use box to express my idea.

In my project, I use wooden box to reflect human being's body. I think that wood is a natural object as our body, so I choose wood as the box structure material. And the boxes are covered by paper and canvas, because I think these materials can reflect our skin or they are like the veil to hide the living secret. I put different kinds of light in my boxes, because I believe that light can be related to time, power, emotion and life. It can enhance my idea. 

In my works, I want to achieve when the viewers see my works, they will think there is something that seems like living thing inside the boxes. It means that they can get the reflection between their bodies and the works' body to think about life. But when they realize what is inside the boxes, they can think that life is simple. 


Light Box Project - Unititled (Video of the work) 

canvas on Wowoden box

Year: 06. 2013

Size: Box, 400 x 400 x 400mm; Stand, 250 x 300 x 500mm   

Note: This is the video of my work 'Untitled Box'. If you would like to get more details about it, you can check the photos in the other page of my website.  

Work in the normal light space

Light Box Project -Blue Box ) 

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paper on wooden box, video tape

Year: 06. 2013

Size:  400 x 400 x 1700mm  

Note: First semester work of my light project in the Transitional Certificate study for MFA in Elam school of fine arts.

These photos only show the still effect of the light in the box, the actual light in the work slowly turns on to turns off. It means that the light changes from brightness to darkness continuously as a circle and it is like a deep breath.  

Artist Statement: 

My intension is to use light to reflect that time is passing. I was inspired by the sunlight. Because we notice that time is passing when we see the sunlight changing from brightness to darkness.

In my first semester project, I have used different materials to investigate my idea. For instance, transferring my photographic image to oil painting, printing photography on different kinds of paper, painting watercolour on photograph on watercolour paper, painting acrylic on the canvas raw side and printing photograph on the samecanvas opposite side, making installation with readymade products. I believe that all the experiments can help me to understand and develop my project. Up to now, I found that I could use box to express my idea.

In my project, I use wooden box to reflect human being's body. I think that wood is a natural object as our body, so I choose wood as the box structure material. And the boxes are covered by paper and canvas, because I think these materials can reflect our skin or they are like the veil to hide the living secret. I put different kinds of light in my boxes, because I believe that light can be related to time, power,emotion and life. It can enhance my idea. 

In my works, I want to achieve when the viewers see my works, they will think there is something that seems like living thing inside the boxes. It means that they can get the reflection between their bodies and the work's body to think about life. But when they realize what is inside the boxes, they can think that life is simple.


Light Box Project - Blue Box (Video of the work) 

paper on wooden box, video tape

Year: 06. 2013

Size:  400 x 400 x 1700mm  

Note: This is the video of my work 'Blue box'. If you would like to get more details about it, you can check the photos in the other page of my website.  

Wheturangi Road in Auckland No.1

Drawing Project Series (5 pics) 

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Place: Wheturangi Road in Auckland

gel pen on colour paper

Year: 2013

Size: A4

Artist Statement: 

My idea is to draw the beatiful houses in New Zealand to document the living culture here and enjoy the beauty scenery when I walk street by street to research the houses. 

What I want to achieve is that when people see my drawings, they will re-know that New Zealand is what a beauty country and everyone has a wonderful live here. Because I think the houses can reflect people's living attitude.  


Custom portrait

Commision potrait 

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oil on french linen

Year: 2012

Size: 600 x 700mm

Note:

Privatly collected by the customer in Auckland


Painting in day time

'Angel'

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oil on canvas with thread

Year: 2012

Size: 300 x 400mm

The painting will show different effects followed the time and light changing. It reflects our face always changing in our life.

'Out of the viewfinder'

oil on canvas

Year: 2012

Size: 500 x 600mm

Note:  2014, 'Faith' group show, Art-On Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand

No.1

'Always with you/ Toujours aver toi'  

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photography

Year: 2011

No.1

Ten little lanscapes / Dix petits paysages  (10 pics)

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oil on linen

Year: 2010

Size: No.1-2 150 x 100mm, No.3-10 A4

Note: ten paintings were collected by private collector in New Zealand, 2013

No.1 2014, 'Faith' group show, Art-On Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand

'Dancing in the Darkness / Dancer dans la Nuit'  

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photography

Year: 2011

'Loneliness / La solitude' 

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photography

Year: 2010

Artist

Alvin XIONG (熊炜 XIONG Wei)

b.1987

Chinese New Zealander

Born in Guangzhou(Canton), China
Live in Auckland, New Zealand

2011
Bachelor's degree major in oil painting at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China
2012
Studied at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Auckland
2013
Studied Transitional Certificate at Elam School of Fine Arts (University of Auckland), New Zealand
2014
Study MFA at Elam

Full CV is on the website second page

alvin.xiong@qq.com

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