Chen Wenling: Creating a new spring by sculptures

By Deng Zhangyu ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-04-12 07:07:08

Chen Wenling: Creating a new spring by sculptures

Chinese artist Chen Wenling is holding his solo show, Everything Is Awesome, to display his latest sculptures in Beijing. [Photo provided to China Daily] 

Chen Wenling's first show since his struggle with nasopharyngeal cancer displays more than 30 large sculptures in a green patch of Beijing's Shunyi district.

Indeed, the thrust of the show calls upon viewers to consider questions of mortality and a spirit of not only survival but even joy in the face of adversity.

Everything Is Awesome is Chen's largest outdoor exhibition to date.

The Beijing-based artist made most of the displayed works before his 2014 diagnosis.

"Art is my salvation. It makes me happy and gives me the vitality to fight cancer," the 47-year-old tells China Daily at the show's April 2 opening.

Playfulness permeates his works.

His Red Memory series-that of the slender, crimson characters-won the artist international acclaim in 2000. The series appears at the ongoing show as individuals appreciating trees and flowers.

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