Weaving Resemblance and Dissimilarity by Shi Jindian and Shi Shao

Shi Jindian

6th March - 10th May 2020

191 South Suzhou Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China

Art+ Shanghai Gallery is honored to present Shi Jindian’s solo exhibition 'Weaving Resemblance and Dissimilarity' as the opening show of 2020 together with the artist’s daughter Shi Shao as an invited artist. The exhibition will spotlight the works of the father complemented by a series of paintings by his daughter. For the very first exhibition of Shi Jindian at Art+ Shanghai Gallery, we attempted to comprehensively showcase his multifaceted oeuvre of work, including his most well-known creations of interwoven stainless-steel wire processed under controlled combustion, and a series of paintings that the artist has been working on for more than a decade. Shi Shao’s works exhibited next to her father’s add a warm touch to the overall narrative, setting each other’s works off and creating a pleasant contrast. The lines in the hands of the artists are inherited from ancient China, yet they continue to outline the contours of the contemporary in this complicated moment.

Shi Jindian began to consciously examine his artistic language at the beginning of the 1990s. After China’s reform and opening up, local artists got access to Western art history and were eager to make their statements. During that time he started to experiment with items connected with his personal experiences and feelings, like doors of Chinese architectural structures, furniture items like tables and chairs, wrapping the objects with steel wire, firing, and extracting the fired traces until eventually creating a brand new object.

The exhibition also includes a series of paintings that Shi Jindian started to work on around ten years ago. His painting and installation series have been carried out at the same time mutually inspiring each other. In Repetition of line (《线的重复》) and Superposition of line (《线的叠加》) series, as the titles imply, the use of lines is an important means of expression. The artist used a knife to peel off the surface or a black pen to draw the line segments, sometimes making an addition, sometimes making a subtraction, and then repeating the process. Carbonized Line (《碳化的线》)is more of a flat expression of the three-dimensional wired and fired series.

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Art+ Shanghai Gallery is honored to present Shi Jindian’s solo exhibition 'Weaving Resemblance and Dissimilarity' as the opening show of 2020 together with the artist’s daughter Shi Shao as an invited artist. The exhibition will spotlight the works of the father complemented by a series of paintings by his daughter. For the very first exhibition of Shi Jindian at Art+ Shanghai Gallery, we attempted to comprehensively showcase his multifaceted oeuvre of work, including his most well-known creations of interwoven stainless-steel wire processed under controlled combustion, and a series of paintings that the artist has been working on for more than a decade. Shi Shao’s works exhibited next to her father’s add a warm touch to the overall narrative, setting each other’s works off and creating a pleasant contrast. The lines in the hands of the artists are inherited from ancient China, yet they continue to outline the contours of the contemporary in this complicated moment.

Shi Jindian began to consciously examine his artistic language at the beginning of the 1990s. After China’s reform and opening up, local artists got access to Western art history and were eager to make their statements. During that time he started to experiment with items connected with his personal experiences and feelings, like doors of Chinese architectural structures, furniture items like tables and chairs, wrapping the objects with steel wire, firing, and extracting the fired traces until eventually creating a brand new object.

The exhibition also includes a series of paintings that Shi Jindian started to work on around ten years ago. His painting and installation series have been carried out at the same time mutually inspiring each other. In Repetition of line (《线的重复》) and Superposition of line (《线的叠加》) series, as the titles imply, the use of lines is an important means of expression. The artist used a knife to peel off the surface or a black pen to draw the line segments, sometimes making an addition, sometimes making a subtraction, and then repeating the process. Carbonized Line (《碳化的线》)is more of a flat expression of the three-dimensional wired and fired series.

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