A Potent Force brings together the work of two strongly individual Chinese artists, Duan Jianyu and Hu Xiaoyuan. Duan Jianyu was born in 1970; Hu Xiaoyuan in 1977. They graduated in 1995 from the oil painting department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and in 2002 from the design department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, respectively. Duan Jianyu lives and works in Guangzhou; Hu Xiaoyuan in Beijing.
As a title, the phrase A Potent Force was conceived to intone the lyrical, introspective, and sentient intellectual prowess that characterises these two subtle plays with painting (Duan Jianyu) and conceptual video and installation (Hu Xiaoyuan).
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