Xie Lei

XIE LEI 2019

O, 2018
Oil on wood
21 × 16 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Stares, 2018
Oil on canvas
33 × 24 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Seeing And Not Being Seen, 2018
Oil on canvas
50 × 40 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Not to be seen, 2018
Oil on canvas
27 × 19 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Seeing by touching, 2018
Oil on canvas
30 × 40 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Untitled, 2018
Oil on canvas
50 × 40 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Thriver 1, 2018
Oil on canvas
50 × 40 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Thriver 2, 2018
Oil on canvas
33 × 24 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Thriver 3, 2018
Oil on canvas
50 × 40 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Untitled, 2017

Untitled #4, 2017
Oil on canvas
146 × 95 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Untitled #3, 2017
Oil on canvas
162 × 130 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Untitled #2, 2017
Oil on canvas
157.5 × 136 cm
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Poe's Garden 2016

Poe’s Garden, 2016
Oil on canvas
160 × 480 cm  (63 × 188.9 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Connectional, 2016
Oil on canvas
50 × 40 cm  (19.6 × 15.7 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Butterfly, 2016
Oil on canvas
33 × 24 cm (12.9 × 9.4 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Mind Sweepers, 2016
Oil on canvas
100 × 80 cm  (39.3 × 31.5 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Together Around, 2016
Oil on canvas
33 × 58 cm  (12.9 × 22.8 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Sleeper, 2016
Oil on canvas
24 × 35 cm  (9.4 × 13.7 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Pensive, 2016
Oil on canvas
22 × 27 cm  (8.6 × 10.6 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Illumination, 2016
Oil on canvas
120 × 261 cm  (47.2 × 102.7 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Revelation, 2016
Oil on canvas
73 × 100 cm  (28.7 × 39.3 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Weight of Thought, 2016
Oil on canvas
40 × 50 cm  (15.7 × 19.6 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Revert to Origin, 2016
Oil on canvas
160 × 200 cm  (63 × 78.7 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Night Thoughts, 2016
Oil on canvas
22 × 27 cm  (8.6 × 10.6 in)
Xie Lei
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Born in 1983, Anhui, China
Lives and works in Paris, France

Education

2016
– PhD in Fine-Arts (Practice-based), Ecole des Beaux-Arts / Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

2014
– Painting Research Programme, Royal College of Art, London

2010
– DNSAP (with felicitations of jury), Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris

2006
– BA, China Central Academy of Fine-Arts (CAFA), Beijing

Solo Exhibitions

2019

– XIE LEI, Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2017
– Poe’s Garden, Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC, Canada

– Walden II, Yima Gallery, Chengdu, China

2016
– Entre Chien et Loup, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris

2015
– Sans rivage, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

2014
– Murmur, Grenier du Chapître, Cahors / France
– Sortilège et diableries : l’inquiètant ordinaire, Château d’Ardelay, Les Herbiers / France

2013
– Xie Lei, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
– Everything And Nothing, FEAST Projects, Hong Kong

2012
– Chimères, Yishu 8, Beijing
– Xie Lei, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genève

2011
– Destination, FEAST Projects, Hong Kong
– Xie Lei, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

2009
– Enter At Own Risk, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

Group Exhibitions

2018

– Z Gallery Arts @ CONTEXT art miami, Miami, FL
-How To See [What Isn’t There], Langen Foundation, Neuss, curated by Gianni Jetzer
-Persona Grata, Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris, curated by Anne-Laure Flacelière, Isabelle Renard
-Group Show Moulin Joly, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
-Collection David H. Brolliet – Geneva, Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis

2017

– Z Gallery Arts @ CONTEXT art miami, Miami, FL

2016
– Utopie Picturale III, Galerie Forma, Lausanne

2014
– Memo II, White Space, Beijing
– Utopie Picturale II, Fonderie Kugler, Genève

2013
– Utopie Picturale, Villa Dutoit, Genève
– Ca grimpe?!, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genève

2012
– 1912-2012 France – Chine, un siècle de dialogue, Yishu8, Beijing
– Visage et Portrait, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genève
– Tranches de carrés sur tranches de cercles, Saline Royale, Arc-et-Senans / France

2011
– Résonance / Dissonance, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
– Le Vent d’après, (curator Jean de Loisy), Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris

2010
– Ligne de Chance, Fondation Ricard, Paris

2008
– Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
– Shcontemporary, Marlborough Gallery, Shanghai
– Institut de France, Paris
– Marlborough Gallery, New York
– Galerie Serge Aboukrat, Paris
– Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge / France

2007
– Galerie Serge Aboukrat, Paris

2006
– Shi Tang Arts Space, Beijing

Grants

2012
– Prix Alphonse Cellier

2011
– Prix Nicolas Feuillate

2010
– Bourse de la Mairie de Paris pour l’art contemporain

2008
– Bourse Colin-Lefrancq, Hunter College, New York

2003
– Drawing Award CAFA

Catalogues

2014
– Murmur, Les Rencontres d’Art Contemporain, text by Guitemie Maldonado

2013
– XIE LEI, galerie Anne de Villepoix, text by François-René Martin

2012
– XIE LEI – Chimères, Yishu8, text by Henry-Claude Cousseau, Liang Shuhan, Emmanuel Fessy
– Tranches de carrés sur tranches de cercles, Saline Royale d’Arc-et-Senans, text by Pauline Lafille
– XIE LEI, galerie Charlotte Moser

2011
– Destination, FEAST Projects, text by Philippe Koutouzis
– XIE LEI, galerie Anne de Villepoix
– Le Vent d’après, Beaux-Arts de Paris, text by Jean de Loisy

2010
– Ligne de Chance, Fondation Ricard and Beaux-Arts de Paris

2008
– Salon de Montrouge

Press

2015
– LeJournaldesArts.fr, 26 October, “Les visions hallucinées de Xie Lei” by Pauline Vidal

2014
– Asian Art, February 2014, Profile 2-5, by Olivia Sand
– Elephant Magazine, Issue 19, summer 2014, p.6

2013
– Le Journal des Arts, N° 398, 4-17 October, p.31, “La peinture Onirique de Xie Lei” by Pauline Vidal
– Le Monde, N°21361, 22-23 September, p.12, by Philippe Dagen
– FAZ, 27 September, by Bettina Wohlfarth

2012
– Time Out Beijing, 09 November, p.75, “Hidden Current” by Liu Shiyao
– Gallery, November Issue, “Xie Lei: New Communication And Allure” by Yue Lian
– Contemporary Art, December Issue, “Xie Lei: Double re-interpretation of east and west tradition” by Chen Hongming
– Master Oriental Art, December Issue, p.18, “Xie Lei in Yishu8” by Xu Nan
– Hi Art, 22 October, “Xie Lei pay tribute to masters in ‘Chimères’ ” by Tian Tian
– Beijing Review, 23 October, “Chimères: Xie Lei in Yishu8” by Yang Jiaqing
– Jinghua Newspaper, 23 October, “Xie Lei solo” by Xu Qinghong
– Xin Hua News Daily, 23 October, “Xie Lei, Chinese artist in France” by Zhang Shuqi
– China Art Newspaper, N° 1215, 20 October, “Xie Lei debut in Yishu8” by Xiong Ying

2011
– Connaissance des Arts, February N°690, p.104 “l’artiste du mois: le monde surnaturel de Xie Lei” by Valérie de Maulmin
– A Nous, 4 July, p.24, “Espoirs – Le Vent d’après” by Sonia Desprez
– Splux, December, p.64-65, “Destination” by Monica Lau
– The Art Economist, Issue 9, p.67, “Xie Lei, artist to watch” by Bruce Helander
– Le Figaro, 14 February, by Valérie Duponchelle

XIE LEI | XIE LEI

On View: Feb 21 – Mar 23. 2019
Artist Reception: Thursday, Feb 21, 2019. 6PM – 8PM
Gallery Hours: Fri – Sat 10AM – 5PM And by appointment
102 – 1688 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1G1

Stare, 2018 oil on canvas

33 x 24cm Xie Lei @ Z Gallery Arts

 

This is the first time I have written something for my own exhibition. It’s not a statement, but some fragments of thoughts and notes merging as the stream of consciousness.

 

I discovered quite recently a popular 1970s British sketch ‘How Not to Be Seen’ from Monty Python’s Flying Circus in which the narrator introduces people who are hiding in the landscape. The narrator explains the importance of not being seen and then he delights in blowing them up.

 

The landscapes were no more peaceful than before, neither were the on-screen images themselves, and that which was even more invisible (I might say humanity, but wouldn’t like to use this word here) was destroyed by this obsessive and ironic perversion.

 

Paradoxically (like Poussin’s 17th Century landscape paintings that depict hiding and mysterious tragedies) it reminded me of an image I came across in a newspaper last summer, which, ever since, has stuck in my mind.

 

The photograph showed Turkish-German footballer Mesut Özil at his controversial meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during his presidential campaign. In the image, Özil was silently praying on the football pitch. I have to admit that I have never been interested in football and know nothing about it. Nonetheless, I was very intrigued by his presence in the image and by the potentiality of the image’s banality, within which another image was hiding, or, beyond this image, something new could appear and disappear. I wondered why some fans had adopted a racist attitude towards Özil, and how he has managed to balance his dual identity, as asking him to choose one side over the other is somehow like asking him to disobey himself.

 

This image attracted me, but I saw it with the detachment shaped by my own experience: That of an artist born in China and living in France for over twelve years, a period not yet so long, but neither too short. I bring a new body of work exploring the themes of ambiguity and sociocultural identity to this exhibition in the city of Vancouver, a place where significant immigration has continued for centuries and where questions of diversity, integration and cohabitation still remain to this day. My paintings are here, talking without speaking…

 

Xie Lei

 

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Xie Lei was born in 1983 in Anhui Province, China. He has been living and working in Paris since 2006, where Galerie Anne de Villepoix regularly organizes solo exhibitions of his work. French public institutions have organized solo exhibitions of his work, including Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2016); Château d’Ardelay, Les Herbiers (2014) and Les Rencontres d’Art Contemporain in Cahors (2014). He had recently other solo exhibitions at the Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva; Feast Projects, Hong Kong and Foundation Yishu 8, Beijing. His work was also shown in group exhibitions at Langen Foundation, Neuss (cur. Gianni Jetzer); Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris (cur. Anne-Laure Flacelière, Isabelle Renard); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris (cur. Jean de Loisy, Ulla von Brandenburg); Foundation Fernet-Branca, Saint- Louis; Saline Royale in Arc-et-Senans and Foundation Ricard in Paris. In 2016, Xie Lei has received his practice-based PhD in visual-arts at Ecole normale supérieure and Ecole Nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (PSL). 

 

downloads press release

Out of a Whirlwind

Liang Shuhan

Elephant

Issue 19 – Summer 2014

From Dreams to Fables

Henry-Claude Cousseau

Incandescences

Guitemie Maldonado