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By Zhang Zixuan (China Daily)

11:17, May 24, 2013

A section from the montage of images by Zhang Xiaodi, who won the talent award at the annual "Focus on Talents" art project. (China Daily)

An ongoing exhibition showcases art pieces that reflect keen observation of life. They are works of 10 emerging artists under the age of 30. Zhang Zixuan reports.

The Today Art Museum and Martell Art Fund have jointly announced the finalists and winner of the third "Focus on Talents" art project and held an exhibition to spotlight these new talents.

Launched in 2010, the art project is an annual non-profit award targeted at emerging artists under the age of 30 who have been engaged in art for more than two years.

"The last two years, we received projects that contain great intensity. But this year, the works are a lot calmer," comments Tan Ping, deputy director of Central Academy of Fine Arts and chairman of the jury.

Today Art Museum director Hsieh Su-chen says the young artists have not fully figured out what is the best way to express themselves. "But such immaturity is the most exciting and hopeful part," she says.

Dong Bingfeng, curator of the finalist exhibition, says the art project has lowered all the thresholds to encourage more creative ideas, materials and spaces.

"Our key criteria is, the art must reflect keen observation of society," Dong stresses. The other criteria include standards of creativity, imagination, insight, expression and experimentation.

The 10 finalists are: Chen Chenchen, Chu Bingchao, Gao Shengjie, Gao Su, He Shiyi, Lei Lei, Lu Yanxiang, Tong Xiao, Xu Sheng and Zhang Xiaodi. They were selected from more than 500 entries.

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