Curated by the well-known UK curator Karen Smith, Platform China is delighted to present the solo exhibition of Jia Aili. Born in the late 1970s, Jia Aili graduated from Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts. He is a young and promising artist. His art is an explanation of his spiritual life, truly showing the personality and soul of the artist.
‘The Wasteland’ is Jia Aili’s first solo exhibition. His works present his pure idealism. Through his hands, he articulates, desperation as beautiful poetry. He turns negative emotion into a positive resource, just like renowned Russian writer Dostoyevsky, who uses negative feelings to bring luster to his literature works. The artist shows sorrowfulness, helplessness, even death, by painting desperation on the canvas, in the open and elegant environment. He creates a kind of special spirit grave which is wild and desolate, to express the dumps inside the inner Serbonian bog. In the works, you can see the extreme sense which courses through city life, but yet also draws in the raw and mysterious ocean, sky and wilderness, all aboriginal, clean, pure and wild. Thus, through the banishment of self’s misery, penance for human sins are fulfilled. The artist attributes the personal emotion to public social responsibility, the multiple meanings and extensions are a kind of contemporary character.
‘The Wasteland’ shows you a different Jia Aili, his spirit world, his uncharted regions, his unknown aesthetics.