Past Exhibitions

Diez Años de Quentin Shih

Presented by ART LEXÏNG  

September 22nd - October 15th, 2018

Mon-Sat, 11am- 6pm

 

Opening Reception:

September 22nd 7pm - 9pm 

Tonalá 138, Roma Norte CDMX, Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

 

ART LEXÏNG unveils a solo exhibition of Beijing-based artist Quentin Shih (aka Xiaofan Shi) “Ten Years of Quentin Shih” in Mexico. The marks the artist's first dedicated solo exhibition in Mexico during the 2018 edition of Gallery Weekend Mexico.

 

Quentin Shih is recognized worldwide for his theatrical, large format tableau-like photographs which are subject to a rigorous composition and complex post-production process. His international breakthrough was made with the 2008 series Stranger In The Glass Box, a collaboration with haute couturier Christian Dior. In the series, fashion models wearing Christian Dior haute couture and sealed in glass boxes are inspected by small groups of identically dressed Chinese bystanders who resemble stereotyped characters from Communist propaganda posters, photographed against the backdrop of gritty industrial settings in northern China. The results are haunting juxtapositions which contrast the harmony of uniformity against the fundamental beauty of uniqueness, triggering a powerful emotional response where predictability proves to be both beautiful and grotesque. His photographs are provocative manifestations ripe with pan-cultural significance.

 

Shanghai: In 2010, to celebrate the re-opening of the Dior Boutique in Shanghai, the House of Dior again commissioned Quentin Shih to produce “Shanghai Dreamers”, a beautiful series through which Shih plays with surrealism, creating oil-painting-style compositions by retouching his subjects, and using the visual repetition Chinese cultural stereotypes in a pattern to contrast the rigor and uniformity of Chinese mass culture against his subject. The arresting, dreamlike images proved highly controversial upon their release.

 

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Moments is a continuation of the "Haute Couture meets surreal urban environment" thematic. Flaired pants, plaid shirts, road signs with traditional Chinese characters and English paired together with police in uniforms; like the familiar scenes of Wan Kai-wai’s movies, they're accompanied by alien-like models in the most familiar Hong Kong environments and crowds. Shih notes, "Models in Dior and Hong Kong characters had a lot of chemical reactions. I'm interested in [these] visual reactions: Although there is no clear story, all the characters are interacting with a certain link among them.”

 

Havana: Stemming from his series La Habana In Waiting 2013, Shih explores the unwritten tensions and melancholy residing in Cuban citizens quietly sitting for an artist's lens. His silent stages are populated by actors with no scripts, no direction: they exist in a kind of temporal limbo, captured in a film still.

 

in 2017, Quentin Shih was granted permission to shoot a series in Pyongyang, North Korea together with five other renown international photographers. During this perfectly guided and protected tour in one of the most closed countries of the world, Quentin focused his lense on the young girls in Pyongyang, the restrained yet curious eyes that longed for a dialogue.

 

PRESS INFORMATION

 

Opening reception:

Saturday September 22nd, from 7pm to 9pm Exhibition runs from September 22nd - October 15th Mon-Sat, 11am- 6pm

 

Address:

ART LEXÏNG
Tonalá 138 Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX

 

For further information, press enquiries, images or interview requests,

please contact:
Lexing Zhang – Gallery director/ ART LEXÏNG
lexing@artlexing.com / 001 305 299 9732 / www.artlexing.com

 

EDITORS NOTES

 

About ART LEXÏNG

Miami-based gallery ART LEXÏNG is committed to promoting museum-quality works from emerging Asian artists, each with truly original and challenging perspectives filtered through photography, sculpture and traditional two-dimensional media. Partnering with respected museums and galleries and participating in internationally-acclaimed art fairs throughout the United States, Europe and beyond, ART LEXÏNG strives to present its global audience with only the most forward-thinking, provocative works from Asia's brightest young talents. 

 

About Quentin Shih

Quentin Shih (Shi Xiaofan) was born in Tianjin in 1975. He graduated from Southeast University in Nanjing in 1998 and participated in the year-long School of Visual Arts' (SVA) PhotoGlobal residency program in 2009. Shih rose to international prominence in 2008 with his celebrated series Stranger In A Glass Box, collaborating with French haute couturier Dior. Shih was the winner in the Fine Arts category of the 2009 Hasselblad Masters Award and was named 2007 Photographer of the Year by Esquire Magazine (China). Shih has participated in solo and group exhibitions at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, the Contemporary Art Galleries at the University of Connecticut, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and selected venues in Beijing, Brussels, Paris, Miami, Los Angeles, and Boston. Shih's work is held in the public collections of the 21st Century Museum Louisville in Kentucky, the Worcester Museum of Art and the Danforth Museum of Art in Massachusetts and the Christian Dior Collection in Paris. Shih lives and works in New York City.

 

STRANGER IN THE GLASS BOX

Quentin Shih

Stranger in the Glass Box No.12

2008

C-print

112 x 191 cm

Quentin Shih

Stranger in the Glass Box No.12

2008

C-print

112 x 191 cm

SHANGHAI DREAMERS

Quentin Shih

Shanghai Dreamers NO.5

2010

C-print

112 x 112 cm

Quentin Shih

Shanghai Dreamers NO.6

2010

C-print

112 x 112 cm

Quentin Shih

Gifts for Wuhan No.6

2012

C-print

112 x 180 cm

Quentin Shih

Gifts for Wuhan No.1

2012

C-print

112 x 180 cm

HONG KONG MOMENTS

Quentin Shih

​​Hong Kong Moments No.1

2009

C-print

112 x 191 cm

Quentin Shih

Hong Kong Moments No.2

2009

C-print

112 x 191 cm

LA HABANA IN WAITING

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA - YOUNG GIRLS