Liu Jianhua Solo Exhibition

2012-07-26 10:00 - 2012-09-01 18:00

Liu Jianhua Solo Exhibition

When: July 26 - Sep 1, 2012
Where: Pace Beijing
Open: Juiy 26, 2012, Thu, 16:30

Liu Jianhua Solo Exhibition


Pace Beijing is pleased to present a solo exhibition by installation artist Liu Jianhua. Following his preview two solo exhibitions at Beijing Commune, the artist is examining a deeper exploration into the thematic overlap of contemporary art and the traditional Chinese spirit, unveiling a new aesthetic that drifts away from the prevailing popular value system in the country. 

Beginning in 2008, Liu Jianhua started to shift the theoretical focus of his artistic creation away from sociological interpretations and towards the development of his own unique conception of what he refers to as "quiet aesthetics." In his recent work, the artist avoids the distracting noise of a superficial reality, watching calmly and rethinking thoroughly his view of society, the cultural environment and the human spirit from a distance.

1.2metres, 2012, iron, dimensions variable

1.2metres, 2012, iron, dimensions variable

This exhibition will include two new sets of Liu Jianhua's recent work, A Fine Line Between and Elegance and Peril, the Experience in Your Sight. The works feature a daring materiality designed to deliver a new visual experience to the audience. Through these innovations in materials, the artist seeks to elicit a different interpretation from viewers than what is the customary response to other installation work. In A Fine Line Between, Yingqing (Shadow Blue) antique dishes and Qinghua (Blue and White) porcelain are intentionally mixed together to create subtle nuances, implying the possibility of an objective judgment and recognition gained from daily observation. Our everyday perception has been skillfully transformed into a philosophical inquiry, with sculptural functionality serving as epistemological metaphor.

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Untitled 2012, 2012, porcelain, dimensions variable Untitled 2012, 2012, porcelain, dimensions variable Untitled 2012, 2012, porcelain, dimensions variable
Untitled 2012, 2012, porcelain, dimensions variable


Elegance and Peril, the Experience in Your Sight presents a constant feeling deeply woven into people's daily life. This piece utilizes iron wires as its medium, reappropriating these mundane connective tools by elevating their utility from the anonymous materials of mass production to the precious status of rarefied art objects. Iron wires have been transformed and expanded from a kind of relatively violent material into a clearing where elegance and danger co-exist, opening a new perspective and the possibility of refreshed analysis and judgment.

The era of information overload also poses the threat of cultural homogenization. In response to the pervasive current psychological state of people, trapped in an unthinking addiction to rapid development and technological innovation, Liu Jianhua tries to awaken a traditional spirit through his artistic creation. He provides a kind of reflection and introspection that is independent of any popular value and interest, a re-interpretation of individuality and spirituality in contemporary times.

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Liu Jianhua
Liu Jianhua was born in 1962 in Jiangxi Province, China. He currently lives and works in Shanghai, China. He has shown and gained popularity both locally and internationally, including exhibitions such as Silent Anomalies, Art & Public Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (2012); Screaming Wall, UCCA, Beijing, China (2011); Liu Jianhua: Horizon, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China (2009) and Dream in Conflict, Galleria Continua Gallery, San Gimignano, Italy (2008). Group exhibitions include ARSENALE 2012: The 1st Kiev Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine (2012); The 2nd Beijing Voice: Leaving Realism Behind in Pace Beijing, Beijing, China (2011); The 14th International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, Carrara, Italy (2010), as well as New World Order: Present-Day Installation Art and Photography in the Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (2008).


Time: 10:00-18:00 (Tue-Sat)
Tel: 010-59789781
Add: 798 Art Zone, Jiuxianqiao Road 2, Chaoyang District, Beijing


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