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Qiu Shihua

Galerie Karsten Greve Paris

Calme
January 16 - April 18, 2015
 
Opening: Friday, January 16, 2015, 5 - 8 pm
in presence of the artist
 
WORKS
 
The exhibition Calme marks the beginning of the collaboration between Galerie Karsten Greve and the Chinese artist Qiu Shihua. Dedicating to him his first solo exhibition in France for almost ten years, the gallery exposes a selection of oil on canvas paintings produced between 2010 and 2014. Never titled, Qiu Shihua’s works have no strictly representative or crisply figurative intention: the lightness of the marks and the precision of an ethereal and almost indecipherable technique evoke an impression, or atmosphere as Qiu Shihua would say, on the canvas. Whether one does or does not discover his ineffable landscapes is thus a question of intuition and trust, all being flat and calm.
 
Born in 1940 in Zizhong, Qiu Shihua is fascinated by the revealing power of the world around us and our way of perceiving it. Dazzled by the garish neon lights of contemporary daily life, at first glance the eye of the observer only perceives one tone in his works; that of the fibres which make up the canvases. Then, gradually, as in any process of consciousness, the marks in the scenes represented reveal themselves, more or less slowly according to our individual disposition to wait and to observe. A stranger to all excess and distrustful of embellishment, Qiu Shihua creates works referring to the perception of the viewer. His close to monochrome paintings thus lay bare the way we see around us and, therefore, the way we see ourselves.
 
At the start of his approach, Qiu Shihua did not receive any real artistic training: he learnt everything single-handedly by painting what he saw with a sense of curiosity. During the sixties, as a student at the Xi’an Art Academy in a China still closed off to the Western world and in particular to his art, Qiu Shihua knew of the Socialist Realism deriving from the Soviet influence and traditional Chinese art. At that time, the artist concentrated on practicing life studies outside, a quite singular choice in view of the cultural context of the country, where the art was primarily dedicated to propaganda. In the seventies, during the Cultural Revolution, Qiu Shihua worked in a cinema in the town of Tongchuan where, amongst other things, he busied himself producing film posters offered by the schedule. In 1984 the artist left this work, he travelled in Europe, visited the Gobi desert and became closer to Taoism. This change brought with it a shift in his production; putting to one side outdoor painting, Qiu Shihua dedicated himself to landscapes through creating them in his studio. Hiding in the subtle outdoor panoramas that one perceives in his paintings are, in effect, those interiors, where the soul traces its course.
 
Qiu Shihua has practiced Taoism for more than 20 years. Indicating a true way of life beyond that of religious practice and philosophical tradition, this term means the teaching of the Way. The paintings which make up the exhibition are born of this principal: the landscape is neither the purpose nor the end but the route which allows us to advance for the same reason as a trip does, to travel. The issue of colour here is off topic, having no place in Qiu Shihua’s process: what counts is not about having colours or not, each tone being an expression of the same thing. More than in terms of shades and palette, the works presented in Calme must be conceived as arising from the opposition between light and darkness. Thus, in making light, darkness rises to the surface, invisible to those who do not know how to see it.
                                                                                                                       
Born in 1940 in Zizhong, in Sichuan Province, China. He graduated from the Xi’an Art Academy in 1962 with a specialisation in Oil Painting. Qiu Shihua is today a fully reputed international artist who was exhibited in 2001 at the New York Kunsthalle and, in Europe, in group exhibitions such as Mahjong at the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland (2005), as well as in Hamburg in Germany and Salzburg in Austria (2006), The Sublime is Now at the Franz Gertsch Museum (2006), and Shanshui at the Kunstmuseum Luzern (2011), in Switzerland. His works were exposed at the Shanghai Biennial in 2004 and at the Venice Biennial in 1999, as well as at the Sao Paolo Biennial in Brazil in 1996. In 2012, important solo exhibitions were dedicated to him by the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin and the Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern Museum, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Qiu Shihua lives and works in Shenzhen, China.
 
 
 
平·静
2015年1月16日至3月21日
 
开幕式1月16日周五5pm至8pm 艺术家莅临现场

 
“平·静”正式开启Karsten Greve 画廊与中国艺术家邱世华的合作。这也是近10年来,邱世华在巴黎的首次个展,展览包括2010至2014年创作的系列油画作品。所有的作品都冠以无题,因为邱世华的油画不是对于现实的模仿式的再现,也没有通常视觉习惯的清晰的具体图像:淡淡的白色笔触,优雅精确,几乎无法察觉。邱世华用我们难以探明的技巧营造出虚无缥缈的山水,也如他所信仰的“气”(主体内在的生命能量)。在这个平与静的世界里,是否能看见那无法言说的风景,完全取决于观者自身的直觉,以及对于艺术家的信任。
 
1940年出生于中国四川资中的邱世华,一直痴迷探索周遭世界的能量,以及人们感受的方式。观者的眼睛已经习惯现代日常生活炫目的霓虹灯的强烈刺激,当他第一眼瞥向邱世华的作品,只能看见白茫茫一片,几乎只有单色的、乳白色的画布表面。然后,意识逐渐产生,图像开始从背景中浮现。其过程因个人观察的能力以及耐心,或快或慢,不尽相同。对于那些操之过急或者心存疑虑的观者,邱世华的作品非常奇特,往往将他们拒之门外,什么也看不见。这个意义来讲,邱世华创作的近乎单色的作品,赤裸裸地揭示人们如何观看世界,由此印证我们如何内观自身。
 

最初拿起画笔,邱世华没有接受任何专业美术训练:只是凭借好奇心,一个人画下所看见的事物。上世纪六十年代,邱世华进入西安美术学院学习。那时,中国仍然没有对西方开放,尤其是艺术,学习中他只能接触到受前苏联影响以及来自中国传统的社会现实主义的油画训练。艺术的首要功能沦为政治宣传工具,邱世华在特殊的文化情景下,出人意料地投入大量时间研究写生技法。七十年代,中国的文革期间,邱世华在陕西铜川市电影院工作,除去日常杂务,他必须按时赶制电影海报。1984年邱世华辞去工作,开始赴欧旅行。一次戈壁沙漠的旅行,将他引向道教。从此,邱世华放弃户外写生,转而在工作室内创作山水画。观者在邱世华绘画中感知的精妙场景,事实上来自艺术家的内心精神世界,是艺术家心灵返回自我的道路。
 
研习道教20余载,邱世华把道教当作自己日常的生活方式,超越宗教信仰和传统哲学思想,即他所谓的“修行”。本次展览的作品也基于同一原则:画中的山水既不是艺术家的构想,也不是他想要达到的结果,他希望如人生的旅行一样,提供给观者一次前行的途径。在此色彩不是艺术家考虑的问题,邱世华的创作过程中没有颜色:在他看来,关键不是有或者没有颜色,因为不同的色彩本质是一样的。进入“平·静”展览,观者发现必须在画面明与暗的相互冲突之中,一幅幅山水图像才可能浮现眼前,超越人们通常熟悉的光影和色调。邱世华通过画面上画出来的光,使得暗部浮现在画的表面,于是主体的图像也随即呈现。这一切,不会观看的人自然无法想象。

 
邱世华1940年出生于中国四川省资中县,1962年毕业于西安美术学院油画专业,是享誉世界的中国重要当代艺术家。邱世华举办的重要国际个人展览及群展包括:“山水—无声的诗?中国当代艺术中的风景”,卢塞恩美术馆,瑞士卢塞恩(2011);“麻将—希客中国当代艺术收藏展”,加利福尼亚大学;伯克利美术馆;太平洋电影文献馆;美国伯克利(2008);汉堡,德国;萨尔斯堡,奥地利(2006);伯尔尼美术馆,瑞士伯尔尼(2005);上海双年展,上海美术馆,中国上海(2004);“邱世华”,美国纽约美术馆;第二届柏林双年展(2001);第48界威尼斯双年展,意大利威尼斯(1999); “邱世华”,巴塞尔美术馆,瑞士巴塞尔(1999)。圣保罗双年展(1996),巴西圣保罗。2012年,邱世华荣幸地成为在德国柏林汉堡火车站当代美术馆举办大型巡回回顾展的第一位中国当代艺术家。同年,展览巡回至德国凯泽斯劳滕皇家艺廊博物馆。邱世华目前生活工作于中国深圳。
 
 
 

 
 
 
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