Hive-Becoming XXIII An Image, an Eidolon: Zhu Xiangmin Solo Exhibition


Hive Center for Contemporary Art is honored to announce the opening of Hive·Becoming XXIII, An Image, an Eidolon: Zhu Xiangmin Solo Exhibition on Dec. 25th. The young artist Zhu Xiangmin was born in Hunan province in 1989. He got both his Bachelor and Master degree from China Academy of Art with a focus on painting. This exhibition will present Zhu Xiangmin's oil paintings from 2014 to the present, it was curated by Yang Jian, and will be open until Feb. 17th  2017.


For the transcendence of figurative art is a classic topic in art history. Universally concretization is defined as narrative or graphic, the method to surpass concreteness could be roughly divided into two kinds, one is to be abstractive, the other is to be image. Masters in art history often have a personal response on understanding image; Paul Cézanne draws the image to a "sensory" level, such as the sensible shape, which directly acts on the mental system. In Francis Bacon's case, where the human body is visualized as a force of "deformation", the real space and the object are "transformed" to a position of high concentration of strength and symbolism, then reach the sense of lack after extreme saturation, silence after noisy. These two examples illustrate the so-called image on the one hand towards the creator of the main body and resort to the nervous system, on the other hand to the object and its various related factors. These understandings of the image can be also read from Charles Pierre Baudelaire's concept of "being here" in phenomenology: I am both in me and in the senses through which I feel, through him, and in him.


Zhu Xiangmin tries to use a visual language to touch, and to replace the traditional sense of vision, exploring the essence of image and the spiritual home of the ontology. He believes in the logic which brings artists get away from everyday routine, instead making closer to his perceptual world. The artist pursues a way of making the pigment as a body-derived organ, to impart paint a tactile and tactile feel. When the object becomes the material of the image, the pigment becomes the body, thereby allowing the material to delivery the indescribable but perceptible logic for the artist. Paul Klee's well-known saying, "not to show what can be seen, but to make things visible,"


In Zhu Xiangmin's work, he uses the means of removing, adding, crossing, breaking, snapping, and geometrizing  to break through the prototypes, extending the characters to seemingly chaotic and disorder natural boundaries. At this point, the reconstructed character image and the external material meet to create a special texture: radial vegetation, blown balloons, dark background, movement left traces, irregular shadows, and so on. Other elements release the sense of extension among the characters, it seems like that these elements are trying to break from these broken body relationships organs; or that a substance in the body is searching for escaping,  just like a spirit beyond the demands of freedom.


Zhu Xiangmin's ambition about creating image resembles what Giorgio Agamben describes as an "exceptional state" in his recent work, that is, through the suspension of laws and rules, to a state that is not governed by any measure. Perhaps this is simply a state that can't be achieved; life is abandoned, exiled from the legal norms,  and became a truly naked life. This naked state maight be too nihilistic, a little bit arrogant, but it is fascinating for the group of artists. A range of horizons never attracts real artists, but this paranoia and obsession may be the reason the group is being called an artist.


Zhu Xiangmin

1989       Born in Hunan province, China

2012       Graduated with BA from Oil Printing Department of China Academic

2015       Graduated with MA from Oil Printing Department of China Academic


Solo Exhibition

2016   Hive·Becoming XXIII An Image, An Eidolon: Zhu Xiangmin Solo Exhibiiton, Hive

       Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2015   Study the Phenomena of Nature·Ideal, Grand Space, Beijing, China


Group Exhibition

2015   “Progress Every Day” Masters-nominated Exhibition 2015, Zhuzhong Art Museum,

       Beijing, China

       Luo Zhongli Fellowship, Luo Zhongli Art Museum, Chongqing, China

       “INTER YOUTH” International Painting Exhibition, Art Museum of China Academy of

       Art, Hangzhou, China

       CAA Excellent Graduation Works Exhibition, Art Museum of China Academy of Art,

       Hangzhou, China

       An Interesting Exhibition——Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Xiling

       Gallery, Hangzhou, China

       “Cross the Year” Group Exhibition, Renke Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China

       Multidimensional representation——Exhibition of the Forth studio in China Academy of

       Art Oil painting department, Ningbo Museum of Art, Ningbo, China

2014   Be Doing, Community Art Space, Hangzhou, China

          No.4 Studio Special Theory of Relativity, Banye House, Hangzhou, China

          Virtual Buzz, Hangzhou Art Fair, Hangzhou, China

          Spring is Coming, Sanshang Art Space, Hangzhou, China

2013   Growing Shanghai Youth Biennial, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

          Yes·Young——Invitational Exhibition of Oil Painting, No.6 East Street, Hangzhou,


       Visual Jiangnan—Zhejiang province Oil Painting Exhibition, Ningbo Museum of Art,

       Ningbo, China

          Live Place—the Power of Collage, GuanshanyueArt Museum, Shenzhen, China

2012       “Star of the Century” Teaching Research Exhibition of Oil Painting department in China

       Academy of Art, Art Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China



2015       The winner of INTER YOUTHExperiment Prize

              The winner of  "Lin Fengmian" Creation Shcolarship

2013       Shanghai Youth Biennial Second Award

2009-2012     The Director Nomination Prize of China Academic of Art

2012       "E Land" Scholarship in China Academic of Art

              The winner of  "Lin Fengmian" Creation Shcolarship

              The Excellence Award of  "Aussino Cup" Annual Nomination Exhibition


Hive-Becoming XXIII An Image, an Eidolon: Zhu Xiangmin Solo Exhibition

DATE: Dec 25, 2016 - Feb 17, 2017

ADDRESS: E06,798 Art Zone, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

CURATOR: Yang Jian

ARTIST: Zhu Xiangmin