Cute cats and AI technology highlighted in Hainan's art season

By Chen Shumin / HICN / Updated: 19:11,25-January-2022

On January 22, exhibitions titled "Find Meow Notice" and "The Fifth Season", two highlights of the 2022 Hainan Island Spring International Art Season, kicked off in Haikou, the capital city of China's island province of Hainan.

Featuring 20 cat-themed paintings in the style of ‘naïve art’ (the school of ‘naïve art’ is characterized by childlike simplicity of execution and vision - as such it has been valued by modernists seeking to get away from what they see as the insincere sophistication of art created within the traditional system) and other interactive artistic devices, all created by Belarusian artist Rimashevsky Igor Vileorovich, the exhibition “Find Meow Notice” creates a fairyland dominated by adorable cats raising humans as pets, bringing the audience a childlike, fresh angle to reflect on our city lives.

“Find Meow Notice”  CHEN WANG

“Find Meow Notice”  CHEN WANG

At the exhibition's opening ceremony, Rimashevsky, speaking via video link, explained how cats have inspired his creations for decades and expressed his hope to visit China with his work in person in the future.  

The other interesting exhibition, created by British visual artist Celyn Bricker, explores the relationship between technology, humans, and nature, by using AI and digital simulations to create interactive works such as a painting that can tackle air pollution and a special glass able to prevent birds from flying into buildings.
 

“The Fifth Season”  CHEN WANG

“The Fifth Season”  CHEN WANG

As for the creative name of his exhibition - "The Fifth Season", Celyn Bricker believes that a new season will emerge in the future based on his study of climate change. He found that this concept existed in the traditional Chinese calendar - the period called "Chang Xia (长夏)" between usual Summer and Autumn, or between the Start of Autumn (立秋) and the Autumn Equinox (秋分) which falls in the 6th Chinese lunar month.

The two exhibitions will last until February 20, and visitors can make an appointment by scanning the QR code below to enter the official WeChat mini program of the “Hainan Island Spring International Art Season”.

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