Chen Shaoxing, an avant-garde Chinese artist
I didn’t know Chen Shaoxiong. I saw one of his artworks concerning Venice and I was attracted by the sense of time that it poured out. So I searched for other info and pieces, more and more enthralled by this conceptual artist. He was born in Shantou, Guangdong province, in 1962; graduated from the Guangzhou Fine Art Academy, successful exhibitions in Tokyo, Beijing, Zurich, London, Chicago, Venice, and other important museums and art galleries of the world. His official presentation says that Chen Shaoxing reflects modern China. I think that one of the features of a great artist is his universality, and Chen Shaoxing goes beyond China, no doubt, giving us an extraordinary vision of the reality that is at the same time ordinary and transfigured. Looking at his artworks, what I feel is a sort of pain that derives from the passage of time. To fix this emotion, Chen Shaoxing uses to pull the wool – a light but crucial shred – over our eyes. Nothing is permanent; everything changes like the water of a mountain stream. And the imagines are tools that allow you to be a sudden insider in foreign, far worlds. I like his blurred atmospheres, his skies, and the ability to curb panoramas’ realism forcing you to reflect, to search for an answer hidden in your memoirs.
The “Primae Noctis Art Gallery” is going to present Chen Shaoxing in Lugano, together with another Chinese artist, Liu Ding, on 2nd of May.