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Shi Yong:One Man’s Art History
Solo Exhibition ShanghART, Shanghai
Date: 11.07, 2021 - 01.09, 2022

Artists: SHI Yong 施勇

Opening: 4 pm, 7 Nov. 2021
Exhibition: 7 Nov '21 – 9 Jan '22 (11am–6pm, Mon closed)
Location: ShanghART Shanghai, West Bund, Bldg.10, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

My works don't always follow a linear timeline. It is more like a multi-dimensional field, open but fuzzy, free and full of resistance. Viewing contemporary art from a broader range, my creative motivation is deeply rooted in realistic circumstances. Our past, present, and future may always be in an uncertain relationship. I don’t fear that, because art lets us touch reality in the uncertain, then withdraw from it.


About the artist

Shi Yong was born in Shanghai in 1963. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Shanghai Light Industrial School. He now resides and works in Shanghai. Shi Yong is a representative figure of contemporary Chinese artists who first started working with installation and video media. Since 1993, his works have been widely exhibited both in China and abroad. His earliest artistic practices focused on revealing the subtlety of our reality and the inherent tension of the "system". Since the end of 1990s, Shi began focusing on the idea of Shanghai’s transformations under the Chinese economic reform, which contributed to a discussion of globalization and consumerism. Since 2006, with the work "Sorry, There will be no Documenta in 2007", he turned his attention to the art world itself, pondering how to provide a more rational perspective through his creative works. Shi Yong’s 2015 solo exhibition "Let All Potential Be Internally Resolved Using Beautiful Form" continues his artistic practice, disclosing his intention to expand the reflection and practice of “control” under the seemingly “abstract” future.

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