MO: RECREATING A REAL UNREALITY

By Wang Kaimei 2016-06-17 11:57


A photograph is a secret about a secret. Upon the shutter pressed down, the process of image making starts from the exposure of the negative goes on with a series of works of amplifying and stabilizing the latent images in the darkroom, it continues slowly but steadily until a picture is formed. The final outcome is a thin layer of film attached to a material, which becomes the physical body of an object that we call a photograph. For artist Shao Wenhuan, his work hasn’t just stopped there. The starting point of Shao’sart is photography, but the image making process has gone much beneath and beyond the tradition of photography. Shao does various alternations on the surface of the negatives and in the process of photo development integrating techniques of painting and sculpturing. Through peeling, scratching, over writing on both the negatives and the photograph, the image-making goes on from darkroom to clear chamber, from representing to recreating.  The very thin layer of film attached to the physical material of a photograph separates the real world from the imaginative one and becomes itself a secret carrier.Shao’s artworks contain revisitation of the uncertainty and recreation of the unreality. At the crossroad where the real and the unreal meet, Shao’s images remind us of the mystical of the world we live in.


Artist Biography

Shao Wenhuan is a Chinese artist. He studied in Mixed Media and Painting at the China Academy of Art in 2002; during his studies he spent a year studying painting at the École National des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, France. He is currently a professor at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. His most recent solo exhibitions include: And All the Sounds are Still in M97 Gallery, Shanghai (2015); Mystery of Yards, Time Machine Image Centre, Beijing (2011); Indefinite…, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai (2010). Shao has exhibited widely in China and abroad, including group exhibitions at the Mingyuan Museum, Shanghai; the Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; Hangzhou Fine Arts Academy Museum, Hangzhou; the Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan; and the Lucerne Art Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland among others. His status as a truly international is exemplified through his involvement and exhibitions of his work at various international art festivals around the world including: the Dakar Biennale, Senegal (2016); Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (2014); Beijing Photography Biennial, Beijing (2013); Lianzhou International FOTO, Lianzhou (2013); the First Biennial of Contemporary Art in Italy (2012); and First Biennale di Alessandria, Italy (2011).