James Cohan Gallery
170 Yue Yang Road 1/F, Building 1, Lane 1
(86) 2154660825 FAX (86) 2154660823
Shi Zhiying
dal 12/6/2015 al 8/8/2015

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Ivy Zhou


Shi Zhiying

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Shi Zhiying

James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai

I Don't Pretend to Understand the Universe. The artist paintings have consistently strived to present the facts'of the world, the physicality of time and space, as we know them or often imagine them to be.

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James Cohan Gallery Shanghai is pleased to present its second solo exhibition with the Shanghai-based painter Shi Zhiying. The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 13 and continue to August 9, 2015, with a special reception for the artist on June 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Long recognized for her monochromatic paintings of the open sea, fields of grass, sand gardens, and ancient sacred structures, Shi Zhiying’s new exhibition, entitled “I don’t pretend to understand the universe” is inspired by Hermann Hesse’s novel The Glass Bead Game. The title of the exhibition, however, comes from a direct quote by Albert Einstein who wryly stated, “I don’t pretend to understand the universe as it’s a great deal bigger than I am.” Shi Zhiying paintings have consistently strived to present ‘the facts’ of the world, the physicality of time and space, as we know them or often imagine them to be. The paintings in this exhibition refer to Hesse’s last full-length novel in his lifetime, published in 1943, about an elite school resembling a monastery founded sometime in an imagined and distant future, which tries to explain the laws of the universe through a game invented and played with glass beads. “I have found the motifs in Hesse’s novel”, Shi Zhiying has said, “to be quite Oriental, often connecting spiritual pursuits and reality in an intrinsic or harmonious way.” Continuity and temporality continues to play a major part in her new paintings and watercolors. “The forces between two beads fascinate me,” the artist has stated, “and throughout this body of work I explore ways in which they interact—besides their relationship in the space, the two objects appear to attract or repel simultaneously. This simple tension is the most basic form for nearly everything we know. Painting expresses spirituality through material forms, which can be extended to comprehend or explain our relationship with the universe or with people.”

In all of Shi Zhiying’s new works there is an implied movement of objects through each brushstroke. “For this particular project,” Shi asserts, “the challenges are to represent the position and temporality of celestial bodies and glass beads through painting itself, and, in the end, how to understand this world.”

In addition to the exhibition at the gallery, Jewelvary will present a carefully selected micro-survey of Shi Zhiying’s works from the past five years. The opening of this exhibition will be on June 5th, one week before the James Cohan Gallery exhibition. On view will be paintings that date from 2010 to 2015, including works from the artist’s seascape, grass, and sand series, leading up to works from Shi Zhiying’s The Relics series, which was the subject of her first solo exhibition at James Cohan Gallery in New York in 2013. The Jewelvary exhibition provides an opportunity for viewers to experience and better understand the artist’s rigorous practice and her relationship to her carefully considered subject matter.

Born in Shanghai, 1979, Shi Zhiying graduated from the Oil Painting Department at the Shanghai University Fine Arts College. In 2009, the artist was the subject of a major solo exhibition entitled From The Pacific Ocean to the High Seas at the Ullens Center of Contemporary Art in Beijing. Her work has been featured in distinguished group exhibitions including Reactivation- the 9th Shanghai Biennale at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, N Minutes Video Art Festival, Shanghai, Decade of the Rabbit, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, and DAS ICH IM ANDEREN, Stiftung Mercator, Essen, in 2011; Double Act – 2010 Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Red Town Warehouse, Shanghai, and Centennial Celebration of Women in Art, Shanghai Art Museum, in 2010; and in solo exhibitions at James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, in 2012, and White Space, Beijing, in 2010 and 2013. Currently her work is included in the U.S. traveling exhibition entitled, My Generation: Young Chinese Artists which opened at the Tampa Museum of Art and will be presented this fall at the Orange County Museum of Art in California. She currently lives and works in Shanghai.

Image: Shi Zhiying, Beads No.2, 2015, Oil on canvas, 240 x 180 cm

Press Contact:
You Yang at yyou@jamescohan.com or call +86 21 5466825

Opening: Saturday, June 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

James Cohan Gallery
1F, Building 1, Lane 170 Yue Yang Road
by Yong Jia Road

Li Shan
dal 6/9/2015 al 16/10/2015

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