2019 West Bund Art & Design
Sleeping Bag，Pattern and Video Archive
Nov. 7 (Thu.) 12:00-20:00
Nov. 8 (Fri.) 11:00-12:00
Nov. 8 (Fri.) 12:00-19:00
Nov. 9 (Sat.) 10:00-19:00
Nov. 10 (Sun.) 10:00-19:00
A+ Contemporary will present at 2019 West Bund Art & Design, Booth N319, with “Sleeping Bag, Pattern and Video Archive” – a solo project by artist Chen Xi, including painting, works on paper and animated short films by the artist. The works on canvas and paper portray mechanical scenes and witty humanoid creatures. They are the artist’s unique style of the apocalyptic thriller and science fiction.
Chen Xi，Human Perspective（Detail），Watercolor, acrylic on paper，75 x 105 cm x 5 pic
The quintuplet painting on the left wall – Human Perspective – reveals a micro world consisting of unique figures as sleeping bags and alienated mechanical elements. Wrapped in symbiotic sleeping bags, these figures assemble to be various tribes and districts. Seemingly tranquil, the scenes imply Chen Xi’s vision of an unknown world with environmental changing and nature attacking. A series of works on paper on the right wall present parts and elements from a larger visionary mechanical world, whether they are intricate geometric patterns with abstract colors, or characters in Chen’s animations. The viewing area in the center of the booth is specially designed for Chen Xi’s animated short films. The setting links the reality with the virtuality, leading the audience into the visionary world constructed by the artist.
Chen Xi，Details of my abstract painting that form a parallel world composed of machines. NO.15，2014，Acrylic on paper，150 x 100 cm (with framing)
In Chen Xi’s world of self-contained, the narrative is built around different characters and multiple story lines. This virtual world is a metaphor for the human condition, revealing a bleak and sentimental atmosphere beneath its humor. The composition about dimensions in painting and animation reflects the artist’s proficiency on painting theory, geometric rule and spatial structure. The artist also integrates his personal experience and emotion as well as observation of the surrounding world into his creative consciousness.
Chen Xi，Freehand science fiction NO.11，2014，Ink on rice paper，86.6 x 100.6 cm
Chen Xi was born in 1985 in Wuhan. He graduated from Jiangnan University with BA in Fine Art in 2008 and from East China Normal University with MFA in 2012. Chen Xi currently lives and works in Beijing. His solo exhibitions include: Ideal Person (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2018), ∞ (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2016), Preserved Wilderness (A307, Beijing, 2015). Selected group exhibitions include: Art Basel Hong Kong Film (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2019), 30-min forecast (N3 Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2019), Art Basel Hong Kong Film (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2018), Closer to the Beautiful World (Klein Sun Gallery, New York, 2017), Moments and more (OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai, Shanghai, 2017), Shanghai Project Chapter 2 – Seeds of Time (Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, 2017), Art Basel Hong Kong Film – Data, Algorithm and Beyond (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2018), RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS/BERLIN (Gaîté Lyrique, Paris and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2017), Take Me Out (chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016), The sublime object (Star Gallery, Beijing, 2015), Evolution of Model (A+Contemporary, Shanghai, 2015), Ode to Joy (Star Gallery, Beijing, 2015), The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition (Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 2015), Ministry of Truth II: The Factitious and its Realm (Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, 2014), Design Shanghai (Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2013), Nonexistent Reality (Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, 2013), Time Of The Dragon (Rauma Art Museum, Finland, 2012). Filmography：Sleepwalking Through the Walk Simulators was nominated as “Best Narrative Feature” and “Best Artistic Originality” in the 12th FIRST International Film Festival，2018.