Galerie Urs Meile:HU QINGYAN


Hu Qingyan
Firewood, 2012
200 x 200 x 200 cm
(8 m3 stere)

Until March 30, 2013

Galerie Urs Meile Lucerne
Rosenberghöhe 4, CH-6004 Luzern
T +41 (0)41 420 33 18, F +41 (0)41 420 21 69,
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 –18h00
Saturday: Visitors welcome, please schedule an appointment

Under the title 借尸还魂 Reincarnation in a New Guise, Hu Qingyan’s first solo show outside of China, the artist shows us the broad scope of his exploration of the theme of sculpture. Hu Qingyan (*1982 in Weifan, Shandong Province, lives and works in Beijing) realizes his works in diverse materials, such as marble, wood, clay, canvas, and paper; however, he does not assign any particular significance to the materials themselves.
Rather, he tries to test the possibilities and thelimitations of the medium.The monumental installation Firewood is the major work in the exhibition at Galerie Urs Meile in Lucerne. Hundreds of wooden logs are stacked in a pile more than six feet high, and each log has been carved by hand. Against initial expectations suggested by a cursory glance, the inside of the cube is not empty, but also filled with wooden logs. Hu decided upon the cube as his presentational form, because it is, in his eyes, a pure, simple form, just as wood is, for him, a pure, simple material. Through his works of art, Hu Qingyan succeeds in questioning our ingrained perceptual and visual habits, while using the means of sculpture to create works that are more than just object-related.
The subsequent exhibition will showcase Xie Nanxing The Second Round With A Whip (April 12 – July 6, 2013, Opening April 12, 18 – 20h00). Xie Nanxing will present two series of his recent paintings. In both series the artist explores what he calls the «ashes» or «dust» found in every representation—echoes from the vast repository of collective visual memory that make images comprehensible.

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