De Profundis is a group show curated by Weiying Yu featuring Jinning Wang, Ni Pan, Peiyao Zhang, Tianfang Yu, Zeus Zou, and Stephanie Baker.
Art, as Oscar Wilde describes in "De Profundis", begins where imitation ends. Accordingly, can abstract painting and photography be perceived as rarified, as an uncompromising self-absorption, or does it manifest sensitivity through meditating on individual spirits and beliefs?
De Profundis brings together artists working in contrasting but connected ways to contemplate themes of time, place and memories, each working with aspects of the ‘Abstract,’ with varying degrees of referentiality. This exhibition endeavors to connect the practices of painting and photography through imagery, revealing the psychological, beyond the purely physical. Mimesis is suspected as the primary concern as it is replaced to privilege the psychic processes over the material world of the everyday.
Image Credit: Zeus Zou, Beijing Fantasy - Alice's Fair
The Swell Gallery is located on the first floor of SFAI's Fort Mason Campus at Pier 2, 2 Marina Boulevard.