Ding Yi: Cross Galaxy

The Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition, Shenzhen, China
16 August – 15 October 2023

Ding Yi: Cross Galaxy breaks the linear narrative of time, selecting more than 60 works from Ding Yi's "Cross" series. New paintings, installations and digital artworks have been created especially for this exhibition.

Ding Yi is well known as a geometric abstract artist who uses the "+" character and grids. These symbols, reminiscent of mathematical formulas, have become an aesthetic label for Ding Yi's style which came about in 1988. The 1980s of Chinese contemporary art was a huge laboratory in which all kinds of avant-garde and experimental art forms emerged, riding the wave of reform and opening-up policies. Witnessing a break with the past and a subversion of values in which newness itself is considered a virtue, Ding Yi distanced himself from the frenzy. He began to search for trivial things that are small, humble, and insignificant, and difficult to be regarded as art materials. He found the symbols "x" and "+", which are familiar to the public but do not carry specific meaning.