The Moment of Existence - Qiu Hao Solo Show

2013-03-16 16:00 - 2013-04-30 18:30

The Moment of Existence - Qiu Hao Solo Show

When: 16th Mar. to 30th Apr. 2013, 11am to 6:30pm (Close on Monday)
Where: AroundSpace Gallery
Opening: 16th Mar. 2013, Saturday, 4pm to 8pm

The Moment of Existence - Qiu Hao Solo Show


L'existence précède l'essence-Jean-Paul Sartre. Existentialists believe that the meaning of human existence can't be discovered through rational thinking; they rather emphasize the individuality, freedom and subjective human experience.

work by qiu hao

A central proposition of Existentialism is that there is not an ultimate goal in our world. We often find ourselves living in a hostile world; we cannot avoid making choices of our characteristics, goals and opinions; even no choice is a "choice". The upcoming exhibition at Aroundspace Gallery, The Moment of Existence is Qiu Hao's first solo exhibition. All works presented are products of his "choices", as well as critical reflection of his personal experience.

Qiu combined silk, rice paper, lambskin, horsehair and other materials, and made them co-exist in his work, with subtle treatment that is difficult to detect. All works were derived from his "choices", and possessed the sensations of touch evoked by their textures. Qiu's art is trying to simplify the reality and purify the nature. These either figurative or abstract shapes are the reflection of his deep inner world and a sumptuous outside world. He made artworks of fixable shapes after careful consideration and accurate interpretation, and framed them in their "spiritual moment".

work by qiu hao

Some of Qiu's artworks are filled with energy that can be detected in their presence; while others are nearly nothingness as if they lost their gravity. The world and the truth of our existence reveal our anxiety and fear of uncertainty, yet these uneasy moments are turned into peaceful energy in Qiu Hao's art.Qiu always attempted to capture Eastern aesthetics and spirits by using Western methodology and logic. The East prefers feel while the West prefers read, which can be interpreted as subjective experience vs. objective knowledge. It is from the subjective human experience that we obtain the power to confront the world and ourselves.

work by qiu hao

Qiu Hao
Qiu Hao was born in 1978 in the city of Taicang, an hour drive west to Shanghai. In 2001, after graduated from college with a degree in interior design, Qiu went to study Fashion of Women's wear at Central Saint Martins in London. After received his master degree in 2006, Qiu returned to Shanghai to establish an eponymous label "QIUHAO". His collection and story have been featured in Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel, V Magazine, WWD, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and many others; also, he has been invited to show his collection in Singapore, Paris, Stockholm, and Sydney.

Qiu Hao's knitwear collection was presented at the Palais de Tokyo during the Couture Fashion Week in 2008; the collection also won the prestigious "Woolmark Prize", and Qiu Hao thus joined a group of world top designers, Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Karan, and Giorgio Armani in the Woolmark Hall of Fame. In 2010, Qiu Hao was named by Forbes "one of the top 25 most important people" in the Chinese fashion industry. In 2011, Qiu Hao was nominated for the "Breakthrough Designer Award" at the Global Fashion Awards by WGSN.

work by qiu hao

Qiu Hao is a very special designer who not only has been awarded numerous prizes, but has deep understanding of art. He never stops his art practice since he was a student. Painting, photography, and video are his comfortable art media and have been incorporated into his design work frequently. Qiu has participated a number of art projects and group shows internationally. AroudSpace is pleased to present his first solo show in Shanghai, The Moment of Existence. We believe that our audience will enjoy the experience to explore Qiu Hao’s inner artistic world.


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