Hive•Becoming XIV Inter-Layer: Zhao Xinyu Solo Exhibition


Hive·Becoming XIV  Inter-Layer: Zhao Xinyu Solo Exhibition

Artist: Zhao Xinyu

CuratorNina Nyima Lhamo

Opening: 6th Sept. 2015, 16:00

Exhibition Dates: 6th Sept. - 5th Oct.2015


Hive Center for Contemporary Art is honored to announce the opening of Hive·Becoming XIV Inter-Layer: Zhao Xinyu Solo Exhibition on Sept. 6th in the D/E halls. The exhibition will feature Zhao’s works since his graduation in 2012.


Zhao Xinyu is good at supervising the whole frame by “object-shaping” and “scene-transforming”. His final project represents a series of bright and quiet train compartments where the supposed clamor has been deliberately omitted; though the tea cup on the table may suggest the existence of people, only the simple objects remain.


Since 2013, Zhao begins to “construct scenes” by taking a sequence of daily life or by organizing the objects in an absurd manner to interpret the extraordinary spatial logic. The artist strives to represent the form, texture and color of the objects regularly masked behind the dazzling background so that their commonly-ignored details are magnified. The humorous “observation” of the objects leads to another way of scene-constructing with the purpose of the interaction with objects and the interaction among objects. The dislocation of the objects bears a tone of humor. As for these works with relatively complicated scenes, the absence of people makes the objects become the protagonists in terms of personification.


In his most recent works, Zhao has narrowed down the domain of “scene-constructing” to one object in order to pursue the simplicity. The identity of the scenes is obscured and the frame becomes the close-ups of one or several objects. When reflecting upon the relationship of picture and painting, Zhao makes efforts to “guarantee the existence of painting”; when discussing the basic pictorial elements like space, structure and color, he emphasizes on the particular media of painting as well. Furthermore, as the paint becomes heavier, a three-dimensional sense emerges thanks to the intervention of volume of paint and strokes applied. Zhao intends to reconstruct the objects in the most powerful field of painting with a sense of matter generated by the media of oil-painting so as to simplify the objects as pure forms: the basic elements like form, color and light get rid of narrative, metaphor or ideology and become the absolute protagonists.


“Inter-Layer” refers to the middle layer of real paint as well as a in-between state. As an emerging artist, Zhao makes an attempt to experiment with the field that attracts him constantly; he locates himself in the buffer zone between avant-garde rebellion and conservatism so as to reach the state of freedom.


Zhao Xinyu

1989       Born in Inner Mongolia

2012       Graduated with B.A from the Oil Painting Department, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts

Nowlives and works in Chongqing


Hive•Becoming XIV Inter-Layer: Zhao Xinyu Solo Exhibition

DATE: Sep 06 - Oct 05, 2015

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

CURATOR: Nina Nyima Lhamo

ARTIST: Zhao Xinyu