Chen Lizhu: Absence - Space


Chen Lizhu: Absence - Space

Artists: Chen Lizhu

Opening: 6th Sept. 2015, 16:00

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


Hive Center for Contemporary Art will feature Chen Lizhu Solo Exhibition Absence-Space in the Hall C on Sept. 6th 2015.

Chen Lizhu was born in Fujian in 1979. From 2005 to 2007, Chen studies at Frank Mohr Institute, Minerva, Hanzehogeschool Groningen in Netherlands; from then on , she launched her abstract artistic career. During this period, once she even abandoned the form of painting and dealt with the media of installation. These experimental works reflect effectively the pictorial way of thinking suggesting a classical and abstract complex of painting.

Chen is fairly sensitive to color. After her return to China, she reemployed painting as major creative media and conducted her experiment with the poetics of color. From 2007 to 2009, Chen Lizhu started to consider and study “the nature of color”-“studying color like scientists in a lab, for example, how does warm and cold colors “coexist”, how the colors appear in different environment of humidity.” From 2010 to 2012, she spent two years studying Malevich’s Black Square and her final accomplishment was a small painting, Farewell to Malevich. In the picture, two little corners were cut off from Malevich’s black square along the diagonal line. This seemingly simple action changed the picture’s state from static to dynamic. What was more important, the picture changed from planar to three-dimensional: from one black square in one plane to two black squares overlapping in the space. That was how Chen Lizhu started her space experiment which marks her Space Series.

The Space Series, being created since 2012, will be the major works featured in this exhibition.

Chen Lizhu loves Chinese Gardens, particularly the traditional technique of “borrowing scenery” which brings the scenes outside the garden in the interior viewing horizon of the garden. She uses the same technique in the frame that involves the infinity in the limited space. The “habitable and enjoyable” space suggested by Guo Xi, the theorist in Song Dynasty, is the style that she intends to pursue. The spectator can imagine himself inside the painting and follows the frame (color and form) as it shifts; the way by which she deals with the space may be regarded as that of the public architecture. The Space Series reveal as a group or a series which create the continuity of time and extends the spatial viewpoint. Chen Lizhu hopes to provide the spectator with the time of “reading” and “walking” ; in the “Space”, Seeing is no longer “appreciating” a painting in the traditional meaning. 


Lizhu Chen

1979              Born in Fujian, China

2000-2004     Institute of  Fine Arts in Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China, BFA

2005-2007     Frank Mohr Institute, Minerva, Hanzehogeschool Groningen, Netherlands, MFA

2010              Guest teacher in the Xiamen University

2012-2013     Artist residency in Park Soo Keun Museum, Korea

2014              The Laforêt Family Summer Vacation Project, Italy


Chen Lizhu: Absence - Space

DATE: Sep 06 - Oct 05, 2015

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


ARTIST: Chen Lizhu