b.1977 Xi'an, Shanxi Province, China
Xu expands on the possibilities and meanings expressed through the visual representation of form, colour and space that is intrinsic to the noumenon of painting. On a canvas where imagery is concealed by rational and metaphysical constructions, Xu fully reveals both the sensory effects that lurk beneath as well as the potential energy inherent in a certain praxis of physicality. At the same time, these new works also capture the artist's suspicions on the legitimacy of semantic correspondence between "conception" and "painting". The exhibition features three series of works showcasing the artist's rich structural imagination as well as his immense control of it. As mentioned by Wang Min-an, these paintings on one hand express a sense of ‘captivity’, yet define‘anti-captivity’ and ‘anti-canvas’ on the other. As one of the most active young artists today, Xu sets out to continue his work exploring blurred boundaries and constructions of relationships and the ordered-self.
Xu Xiaoguo majored in Oil Painting and graduated from the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. Currently based in Beijing, Xu's works take various artistic forms such as painting, pictorials and video. In recent years, Xu had been lauded with various accolades for his art, including but not limited to first prize for the "798 Arts Festival Young Artists Recommendation Exhibition", the "Academy Award for Young Artists of Film Media" from the Beijing Film Academy International New Media Arts Triennial Exhibition and the "Guanghua Qianyu Award".
12.26, 2015 - 3.5, 2015