Fragmented Selection – Shen Hao Solo Exhibition

Date | Sep 20 – Oct 19, 2014
Vernissage | Sep 20, 2014 (Sat) 3pm
Venue | Asia Art Center (Beijing)|100015 No.2, Jiuxianqiao Rd., Dashanzi 798 Art District, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Shen Hao’s works have taken that originally uncertain element, and mystically transformed the images to something familiar, and these shapes can be recognized by us because of their relation to things which we find familiar. But the artist also maintains his “imaginative narration”, as Shen Hao uses all kind of things like puzzle pieces to organize a painting’s contents, while also using the “horizon” and all kind of “hard edges”, to emphasize the colors of a “virtualization”. This means the artist himself becomes the “leading” force in the work, and the entire painting bears relation to the artist’s personal narrative style.

The works “Fragmented Selection” and “Rice and Yuan”, compel the artist’s thought processes to the direction of “knowledge”, “language” and “signs”, transforming what  his original personal language to a “deeply structured” knowledge was. Even if he leaves many images from life, the artist is working to explore creation beyond narration of a sense both beyond the past and the present. Among which, Shen Hao can work the detailed image elements from their sources, uniting text, signs and images, through creative reorganization, while also expressing doubts, engaging in argumentation, and exploring interpretation.

Shen Hao has never thought of himself as being somehow above the masses, and indeed his uninhibited character has left him surrounded by suspicions, which is why, Shen Hao considers that his creation affords him an opportunity for interpretation which is highly personalized, and not authoritarian, and provides a complete elucidation. Moreover the artist maintains his position that “art is not able to save mankind, but it can help foster our interchange”. At the same as emphasizing greater knowledge within the images, Shen Hao also maintains that “artistic work is part of the creation of life”, and this kind of work possesses both its contradictions and complexities, which reflect the reality of the contradictions and complexity of contemporary humanity. Reality is counterpoised between real life, while the artist also reflects a certain artistic sense of humor, and amidst the relaxed and witty, Shen Hao takes all kind of conflicting factors and transforms them into grand, joyful, varied and interactive expressions of tolerance and reconciliation.

—Zhao Li