Today is the opening of “Impressions” the second solo exhibition by Qiu Shihua @GalerieKarstenGreve Paris, from 6 to 8 p.m..
Scarcely any trace at all remains of the genesis of the creation on canvas, and the matter itself has a transparent fluid-like quality that allows the canvas to show through and to look almost completely untouched. In this way, Qiu Shihua employs the Taoist concept of "action without action" – allowing the result to occur according to its own path – or rather, vice-versa: no action via action. Through the creative act itself, he obtains a painting that is intriguing to the onlooker due to what does indeed look like its own apparent absence: he has managed to depict emptiness. It is worth pointing out that in Chinese the word for ‘white’ and the word for ‘empty’ (respectively Baise and Kongbai) have the same root (-bai-). The colour white therefore answers to a yearning for emptiness as the ultimate essence of all things.
Qiu Shihua’s paintings therefore require the onlooker to adjust their eyes continuously, thus allowing the painting to reveal itself in time. This exhibition encourages the public to travel into a metaphysical world ruled over by a sense of calm, and wherein the experience of looking becomes one of self-awareness and of ultimate realities.
(Image: Qiu Shihua, Untitled, 2005, Oil on canvas, 76 x 86.3 x 2 cm / 30 x 34 x 3/4 in ©Qiu Shihua, Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve Paris, Köln, St. Moritz Photo : Christoph Münstermann
Movie: Interview with artist Qiu Shihua as part of the group exhibition “Ink and the Mind” at INK Studio, Beijing, 2016, directed by #AlanYeung, interview by #NatalineColonello, produced by #InkStudioBeijing)
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