Inna Art Space present a solo exhibition themed Bathed in the sun for Xie Xuanxuan from September 10 to October 20, 2022, during which time nearly 20 oil paintings on canvas created by her over recent years will be showcased. These paintings, full of childishness, are vibrant in color and naive in style. The fantastic narration from the female perspective recounts the artist’s rich experience of life. Bright surface of the paintings delivers a pleasant mood to the audience, and in the meantime, it also reveals her obscure personal experience.
Xie Xuanxuan, Bathed in the sun, Oil on canvas, 130x130cm
(上) 谢玄玄，王冠，2021，木板油画，38×29 cm
(Top) Xie Xuanxuan, Crown 2, Oil on wood
(Below) Xie Xuanxuan, king and queen, Oil oncanvas and spray paint, 146×106 cm(含框 Includes frame)
(左) 谢玄玄，拥抱的椅子，2022，布面油画， 130×140 cm
(Left) Xie Xuanxuan, The cuddle chair, Oil oncanvas
(右) 谢玄玄，月亮，2021，木板油画，30×50 cm
(Right) Xie Xuanxuan, Moon, Oil on wood
(左)谢玄玄，拿你想要的，2022，布面油画， 80×100 cm
(Left)Xie Xuanxuan, Get what you want, Oil oncanvas
(右)谢玄玄，相拥，2020，布面油画，100×80 cm(Left)Xie Xuanxuan, Hug, Oil on canvas
Xie Xuanxuan,There is noting new under the sun, Oil on canvas
If sunshine permeates everywhere, there will be no hiding place for shadows. Perhaps because the sun was shining then, the shadows were no longer dark. Everything was charming and refreshing.
The exhibition theme — Bathed in the sun — is taken from a painting of the same name by Xie Xuanxuan . The works exhibited this time, full of poetry, are just like the artist’s eulogy for spring: “We welcome flowers, fruits and grape leaves. Flowers are bathing in sunshine, and spring sends off winter.” As Leo Tolstoy wrote in the Resurrection, “Despite scraping away every vestige of vegetation, cutting down the trees, turning away birds and beasts, and filling the air with the smoke of naphtha and coal, still spring was spring, even in the town.”
Xie Xuanxuan, 100 little red flowers (part), Oil on canvas and spray paint, 200x150cm
Xie Xuanxuan has utilized mixed and witty elements in her paintings to depict daily wonders. Her paintings are full of anthropomorphic characters and contradictory elements, creating a weird atmosphere but not lacking childlike innocence. With unique colors and shape language, she seeks to find a kind of “truth that can only be seen by stripping off the sweet wrappers”. Crown frequently appears in her paintings. Sunlight scatters from the crown, endowing chairs, flowers and fruits with new life. In her new work named 100 Little Red Flowers, the flowers hide in the shadows, presenting a metaphor of personalization. Xie Xuanxuan thinks that the scene in this painting means a challenge to the ubiquitous rewarding system in life. Things are not always black or white, and only careful reflection can lead us to the inner truth. She has an enlightened view on the changes in life-even if the sun was shining then and the clouds are gathering now, it is still a good thing.谢玄玄 , 王座 2，2022，3D 打印、丙烯着色Xie Xuanxuan, Throne 2, 3D printing andacrylic coloring, 70×65×94 cm
The exhibition will present several paintings with chairs as the objects. This series continues to expand in Xie Xuanxuan ’s recent works. By drawing an analogy between the human and chairs, the artist endows each chair with a unique mood. She describes diversified feelings and states of chairs with extraordinary sensibility. She believes that each chair has a king of its own. Sitting and leaning are fused into a chair in her heart, as well as an imaginary body. The body and the chair are closely connected and entangled with each other.
The Sad Chair, The Chairs Are Hugging, The Chairs Are Kissing, The Chair Is on Vacation, Husband-Wife Chairs, Musical Chairs…All these are the names of works in Xie Xuanxuan ’s chair series. In the Get the chair, a childhood game, chairs sit outward in a circle. In the round table, a carnival of chairs with nobody present, chairs gather inward. In the Throne 1, the earliest chair-related work of Xie, there is a children’s dining chair with a smiling face; she replaces the throne with this character, signifying both a challenge to power and a joke about parent-child relationship.Xie Xuanxuan, Round table, Oil on canvas, 200x150cm
Xie Xuanxuan, The love story of chair anddesk, Oil on canvas and spray paint, 140×100 cm
Xie Xuanxuan has added words to some of her recent works. The relationship between images and words makes the paintings interesting and absurd. These words explain the images and are integrated into the images as well. Naming has attracted more attention to some extent. Names start a game between words and objects, and also raise a question: In this era when images spread unchecked, people do not care about the definite meaning of images at all. Will the arrogation of words against paintings restrict or arouse imagination?
Xie Xuanxuan: Bathed in the sun
2022/09/10 - 10/20
Inna Art Space, Building 12, Liuhe Road No.139, Hangzhou
清影 | 谢玄玄《因为当时阳光普照》将于9月10日开幕
清影艺术空间于2008年由徐益英女士在杭州创立，并于2019年在纽约下东区开设了新空间。十多年来，基于杭州在中国当代艺术版图中的重要意义，清影从地缘格局出发，广泛且深入地推介了诸多极具才华和潜力的艺术家。与此同时，清影将全球视野作为机构文化中的价值标准，极力构建国内与国际艺术家的互动平台。通过持续地策展、研究、出版与市场推广，清影逐渐完善了具有自身特质的运营机制，矢志于未来向广域的艺术世界展现更强的能量与活力。Inna Art Space was founded in 2008 by Yiying (Inna) Xu in Hangzhou, China, and established their Lower East Side premises in New York in 2019. After over a decade, with a basis in the formational influence of Hangzhou in the Chinese contemporary arts, the space has consistently worked to promote the talents of innumerable upcoming practitioners. The space has ceaselessly assumed a global perspective, doing all within their means to erect a platform for interaction between both Chinese and international practitioners. By way of their interactions with the public through their ongoing curatorial projects, research, and publishing, the space has gradually refined its own means of operation, setting their sights on manifesting greater strength and vitality towards a broader creative spectrum for the future.New York
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