(Beijing, August 6, 2010, for immediate release) F2 Gallery presents a solo exhibition by emerging young Chinese artist Xu Heng from September 11th to Nov 15th 2010.
It seems there is no one good term to describe Xu Heng's overall practice. His conceptual photography work touches on the issues of gender, sexuality and male/ female relationships in the current Chinese society. However, passing the obvious appearance of the work, underneath the surface, his work embodies his deep personal spiritual pursuit. Xu employs his own body in every single work that he has created since 2003, and he dresses himself in a disguise of a woman in different poses. Most recently he started to utilize digital image manipulation to enhance the expression of his artistic concepts.
The first work that Xu ever created on the "transgender" topic was at the end of his sophomore year while studying at the Central Academy of Fine Art in 2003. Titled "Iiiiiiii," Xu appears as a young lady seven times in different poses in a space resembles to a living room, while the artist as his actual self sits at the left back corner starting into the lens. It was a spontaneous experiment, as well as a thrilling experience for him. "Iiiiiiii," opened up a whole new artistic world for him and became a turning point in his life.
During the next three years, Xu transformed a one-time experiment into a full artistic project; he took on the multiple roles of fashion designer, stylist, model and artist all into one. In 2006, the work "17 of My Front and Back" is the result of his continuous labor and creativity; in this work, Xu role-played as traditional Chinese girls dressed up in military uniform, show girl and ballerina outfits among others. The work plays out the collective male projection of the stereotypical fantasy of female identities.
From 2007 to 2010, Xu spent another three years on his new series "Empty Body" while choosing the most refined visual language to express his aesthetics. Unlike posing as various female figures as he did in his previous works, Xu started to utilize digital technologies to facilitate the realization of his ideas, allowing the concepts behind his work to deepen and become more complex. The imagery of male and female manequins repetitively appears along with his female persona. The new series manifests the idea of the incompleteness of each human being, since we only can be either male or female. The urge to be completed by the other half is commonly found as male-female attraction in our daily life. However, Xu takes this pursuit of wholeness into his artistic practice; in his work, he is complete, in both a physical and spiritual sense. The artist hopes to bring diverse viewpoints to the audiences who come across his work, and through his art to help them to look beyond the surface.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Xu Heng was born in Yichang, Hubei Province in1983. He graduated from Central Academy of Fine Art with a BFA in Photography and Digital Media in 2005. Since 2002, Xu has been participating in exhibitions in China and abroad. His selected recent exhibitions include Xu Heng Solo Exhibition, F2 Gallery, Beijing (2010); VISUALGALLERY AT PHOTOKINA, Germany (2008); ZhuYi! Chinese Contemporary Photography, ARTIUM Basque Museum-Central for Contemporary Art, Spain (2007); PIEA International Traveling Photo Exhibitions, USA, Canada, Australia (2005-07); Post Electronic Image, Must Be contemporary art center, Beijing (2006); Out of Order, F2 Gallery (2006). Xu now lives and works in Beijing.
ABOUT F2 GALLERY
F2 Gallery is located in the cutting-edge Caochangdi area of Beijing adjacent to the world-renowned 798 Art District. The gallery is set in an idyllic courtyard and distinguishes itself by its lush surroundings, reflecting the very private relationship that the owners have with their clients and the artists whose work they represent and collect.
F2 Gallery aims to contribute to the cross-cultural exchange of blue chip and cutting edge contemporary art, in all its forms, between China and the West. Furthermore, F2 Gallery provides specialist consultancy services to artists, private clients, corporations, public institutions and museums.
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Our gallery Fabien Fryns Fine Art in Los Angeles presents exhibition:
"Do You See What I Mean?" - Group exhibition featuring artists Hu Xiaoyuan, Stella Lai, Li Qing, Liu Wie, Qiu Xiaofei, Song Kun, Sun Xun, Wu Junyong, Yuan Yuan and Zhou Yilun.
July 31 - September 25, 2010 at Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Los Angeles, United States.
For more information about this exhibition, please visit www.fabienfryns.com
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