At Rest,, 2012; Cut painting, wood

At Rest,, 2012; Cut painting, wood

The solo show of Beijing based artist Colin Siyuan Chinnery, It Might Also Be, is curated by Wang Jianwei. It is an integrated project taking place across two different venues in Shanghai, opening at Art-Ba-Ba Mobile Space on 4 September, and at AIKE-DELLARCO on 5 September.

This exhibition project has one core factor uniting both venues; Colin Chinnery has collected “failed paintings” by well-known artists in Beijing and Shanghai, and has used them as the material for his work. These failed paintings are works that artists are not satisfied with and were never intended to be shown, but instead represent the intense struggle between each artist and the canvas in front of them. It is this struggle that Chinnery is exploring in this project, using distinct concepts of articulation for each venue.

For his show at Art-Ba-Ba Mobile Space, Chinnery has perverted the concept behind the legendary “Salon des Refusés” exhibition of 1863 in Paris, where the works of artists such as Édouard Manet who were rejected by the official Paris Salon were exhibited to critical scorn. In contrast, the works to be shown here have been rejected by the artists themselves, and have been selected by the “curator” for a special exhibition. However, this is not an exhibition but an artwork, and consequently these rejected paintings are not artworks but readymade objects to be used in an installation. Chinnery is creating a subtle distinction between artwork and exhibition relating it to his own double identity as artist and curator.

A Face in Two Halves, 2012; cut painting, wood, mirror

A Face in Two Halves, 2012; cut painting, wood, mirror

At AIKE-DELLARCO, Chinnery is using the physical properties of each failed painting to create new hybrid objects. Paintings are cut up, leaving only the canvas covering the stretcher frame underneath, transforming these two-dimensional images into physical structures. The cut out canvas fragments have been combined with waste materials collected from artists’ studio floors, playing with the images on the original canvases to make new narratives. The formal rigour of this show deliberately erases the traces of the original artists in order to find Chinnery’s own visual ideas. In contrast to the show at Art-Ba-Ba Mobile Space, the commercial framework of the gallery confirms the identity of the artist and artworks.

Colin Siyuan Chinnery is an artist and curator based in Beijing. He was Director in 2009 and 2010 of ShContemporary Art Fair in Shanghai, and before that he was Chief Curator / Deputy Director at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing. As an artist, Chinnery co-founded the Complete Art Experience Project (2005-6), an artists’ collective whose works were presented in several important exhibitions in China and United States, including the 2005 Guangzhou Triennial. This Fall, apart from this “It Might Also Be”, Chinnery’s work shall also be on view at ShanghART’s show EDIT: Image Fetish and Phobia, and the 4th edition of Guangzhou Triennale.

About the exhibition 

Opening: 5-8pm, 5 September, 2012

Venue: AIKE-DELLARCO main space | F2,Bldg 1,50 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai

Time, date and addresses:

2012.9.4 – 10.7 Art-Ba-Ba Mobile Space | 1/F, Bldg 10, 18 Wuwei Road, Shanghai

2012.9.5 – 10.15 AIKE-DELLARCO main space | F2,Bldg 1,50 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai

Courtesy of the artist and AIKE-DELLARCO, for further information please visit

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