This exhibition, Liu Wei’s largest institutional solo show to date, revolves around a grouping of major new paintings, sculptures, and videos which refer back to his fifteen years of mature output while also opening up interpretive pathways for works yet to come.
Liu Wei (b. 1972, Beijing) is one of the most important artistic voices of his generation. Coming from the heated conceptual climate of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou during the 1990s and a key member of the late 1990s “Post-Sense Sensibility” formation, Liu Wei has gone on in the past decade to pioneer an artistic language all his own. Based on a fastidious combination of elements abstract and concrete, Chinese and universal, his practice addresses the new ways of seeing and knowing made possible in contemporary China. Present throughout his practice is a unique sense of how juxtapositions of objects and materials create meanings, and of how objects placed in space structure viewers’ experiences.