Shi Jinsong delves into various creative fields such as sculpture and installation with undeniable force. He explores the traditions and myths of Chinese culture by engaging in an ever instructive dialogue with the contemporary period.
The work is varied and eclectic in terms of both subjects and production. What might seem as a series of analyses of society and the individual is ultimately a single truth for the artist. The living environment is turned into the setting for his works in which he will place man in the abyss, where man’s individuality risks being stifled by his surroundings.
An artist of daily life for some ten years, he speaks only of himself and what surrounds him, thereby showing an elevation of experience and man’s reactions to it, leading to purification of the work by abandoning everything superficial and letting only the elementary show through. Quatrain-Plum Blossom 2007.
The birth of his daughter in 1999 led Shi Jinsong to show in three dimensions the world in which he functioned henceforth. A critique of Chinese society that is gradually gaining access to all the external signs of comfort so dear to the middle classes in all continents ensued. Sweet Life, presented in 2003 at the Georges Pompidou Centre in the exhibition Alors la Chine? [And Chine then?] adopts the medium used to the artist’s aesthetic.
Today, the same preoccupation can be seen in works such as Take Off The Armor’s Mountain 2009. The raw material occupies such an important place in his work that the critical character is kept subtly at distance and therefore accessible in all the potential sophistication of reflection by the author and the viewer.
Since then, many fields have been explored reaching a paroxysm of the visual debacle to get back to the fundamentals that interest the author: man’s place, the power that man can have over his environment, but also the power to enslave himself.
With the experimentation of nothingness, Shi Jinsong restores man, as an object of the will keen to leave a trace, proof that all that had meaning. In this exhibition, the use of trees and garden elements is a confession of trust to the symbolic powers that pieces of lives can have, the abandonment of which will allow every expression of the poetics of destruction.
Hubei School of Fine Arts, sculpture and traditional arts (CN)
A personnal design show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (TW)
Shi Jinsong’s Art Fair, Klein Sun Gallery, New-York (USA)
Art Materials Company Owner’s Garden, Phoenix Art Palace, Shanghai (CN)
Penetrate, Today Art Museum, Beijing (CN)
Poetic Dewelling in Contemporary Art, PIFO New Art Studios, Beijing (CN)
To be or not to be, Artoon Art Center, Shanghai (CN)
Post-tradition and its Origins, Uccastore (CN)
Original Home, Hongkun Museum of Fine Art, Beijing (CN)
New sculpture, Hi Art Center, Beijing (CN)
A room Not of One’s Own, Space Station, Beijing (CN)
Myth/History, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (CN)
Confronting Anitya, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing (CN)
International Exhibition of the Chinese Contemporary Ceramic Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing (CN)
Civilisation Round i, White Box Museum, Beijing (CN)
One Meter Square, Linda Gallery, Beijing (CN)
Learning from the Literati 3, OV Gallery, Shanghai (CN)
Taste of the East : Masterpiece of Chinese Art, Shanghai Art Museum (CN)
XXX – Next 10 Year of Contemporary Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing (CN)
The Tale of Angels, The red mansion Foundation, London (UK)
Chine Gardens for living Old Palacio, Brussels (BE)
Ne Zha 2008: A child’s Boutique, Chambers Fine Art, New York (USA)
OPEN 10 : International Exhibition of sculptures and installations, Lido, Venice (IT)
TREE x9, Today Art Museum, Beijing (CN)
HALONG-KELLONG: New products Launch Party, Platform China, Beijing (CN)
Ne Zha Baby Boutique, Chambers Fine Art, New York (USA)
Cold Energy, Pyo Gallery, Beijing (CN)
The 6th Shanghai Biennal, Shanghai (CN)
Renovation – Relations of production, Long March, Beijing (CN)
Second Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu (CN)
Alors, La Chine, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
Artificial Respiration, Sanha Art Center, Beijing (CN)
Open Sky, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shaghai (CN)
Fondation Louis Vuitton (FR)
Groninger Museum (NL)
Uli Sigg Collection, M+ Museum (HK)
White Rabbit Collection (AU)