“Where do you come from?” is a common question we all hear and think about. Artist Hui Tian uses this question as an introspective way of approaching reading or “having a conversation with” a work of art. This is why the Novado gallery is emphasizing Tian with “Where Are You From?”, A solo exhibition that emphasizes the effect of constant introspection.
Over the centuries, intellectuals, politicians, thinkers and artists have played a role in influencing aspects of positive leadership while participating in and guiding social change. When a famous person has a certain notoriety with a good reputation, he can become fundamental in exchanging ideas for change with a positive attitude.
Tian’s works on canvas and paper are his response to current issues and his attention to well-known personalities who somehow caught the public’s attention.
Through the representations of famous characters and the artist’s motivations for creating these works, “Where do you come from? Aims to remind us of the desire for positive change. It also highlights the ethical responsibility that these VIPs and the artist bear and must accept as such.
“My point of view is that contemporary art is not just about aesthetics, but more importantly, the artist responding to the problems of his time,” says Tian. “We live in a time of global crisis, environmental, economic, medical, political, social and pandemic inequalities. My art is the cry and the cry of my soul in this special time.
The exhibition opens July 17 and runs until August 28. The gallery’s opening hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and by appointment on Sunday. The Novado Gallery is located in the Moderna Lofts building at 110 Morgan St., Jersey City.