Poster of Wang Youshen Per Square Meter

ShanghART Beijing is pleased to present Wang Youshen’s solo exhibition “Per Square Meter” on 13th September, 2014. This is the first solo exhibition with Wang Youshen in ShanghART Beijing space, and also the first solo exhibition in Beijing after a lapse of 20 years.

“Per Square Meter” is an exhibition about an “event”: Artist twice experienced the process of constructing to dismantling of his studio from 2007 to 2011.

Two Studios in five years, from sign a contract, start construction to demolition, from blossom to fade. Time and space are compressed, everything running in a absurd way. A “Rashomon” story is completed, which recorded a “uncontrolled” daily behavior.

“Per Square Meter” describes an extension of a physical unit of space related to a social event or an art event. The whole process is consisted of installation, picture, sound, documentary and paperwork, the multiple visual relationship paves an interesting path to the explanation.

The recent four years after 2011, Wang started the project “Per Square Meter”, in the process of deconstruction and reorganization, he tries to complete a unrealistic reconstruction. A “uncontrolled” daily behavior and social event switched into a “controllable” art production and artistic event, everything seems never happened, everything from realistic physical world changed into a illusive mental world.

Our individuals are like plural ‘per square meter’ , keep the constant melting and reconstructing.

About the artist

Wang Youshen was born in Beijing in 1964. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, resides and works in Beijing. Recent important exhibitions include “Aura of Poetry”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai(2014); “Wang Youshen”-Wang Youshen Double Solo Exhibition, Regis Center at the university of Minnesota & Minneapolis Photo Center, U.S.A(2013); “Media Study, Motif and Cases”, Linda Gallery, Beijing(2012); The Seventh Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, “Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World”, OCAT, Shenzhen(2012); “Reshaping History: Chinart from 200-2009”, The Theme, China National Convention Center, Beijing(2010); “Yi Pai: Century Thinking”, A contemporary Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing(2009); “Case Studies of Artists in Art History and Art Criticism”, SZ Art Center(2008); “85 New Wave”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2007); “Wuhan 2nd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts”, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan(2007); the 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2006); “Zooming into Focus”, National Art Museum of China (Beijing, 2005); 5th Shanghai Biennale: “Techniques of the Visible”, Shanghai Art Museum (2004); “Washing – New Works by Wang Youshen”, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2004); The First Guangzhou Trienniale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong(2002); Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan(2000).

About the exhibition

Opening: 16:00-19:00, Sat, 13 September, 2014

Duration: 14th September to 20th October, 2014, 11:00 – 18:00 (Mon. Closed)

Address: ShanghART Beijing, No. 261 Cao Chang Di, Old Airport Rd, Chaoyang District

Contact: +86 10 6432 3202 |

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