Galerie Urs Meile is honored to announce You, the solo exhibition of artist Shao Fan (courtesy name Yu Han) will be held at Suzhou Museum on November 9, 2018. This solo show is a comprehensive exhibition of the artist's practice from 1989 to 2018. It is also a continuation of the exhibition of the same title held this June at the Ludwig Museum.
Shao Fan, courtesy name Yu Han, is one of the few Chinese contemporary artists able to move freely between sculpture, oil painting, ink painting, landscape design, architecture and design while maintaining a fresh, unique viewpoint. His works are reserved yet full of tension, with a lofty, restrained tone, conveying his attitudes on the state of the world through a serene, cautious gaze. In his recurring “rabbit” portraits, he has striven to strip away any vestiges of habitual visual experience, and to view animals from an animal perspective. In this way, he has granted these “little” animals great dignity. Artist and subject penetrate each other, transcending ordinary vision to reach a unique experience that produces new imagery. The large animals in the painting meet the viewer’s gaze head on as one acknowledges the other and in turn learns more about themselves. As Beate Reifenscheid, director of Ludwig Museum, which just held the exhibition You–Shao Fan, said, “They look at you with stoic serenity, with a gaze that is as penetrating as it is unapproachable.”
His artistic state is independent, isolated and cold. His works, whether in oil, ink or sculpture, all present extreme peace and serenity, permeated with an inner tension of life. Meeting the gaze of his artworks is like meditation. In one brushstroke after another, what emerges is not so much his individual art or recollection of the old classics as it is a response to the world today.