WANG YOUSHEN: A Double Exhibition

When 21 May 2013 - 22 Jun 2013
Where Quarter Gallery Regis Center for Art (East)
405 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
United States
Enquiry 612-625-8096

Courtesy of the artist

May 21 – June 22 2013

Quarter Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, 612/624-7530 USA

Mpls Photo Center
2400 N. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, 612/643-3511 USA

Press Release:

The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota and the Mpls Photo Center present WANG YOUSHEN: A Double Exhibition.

WANG will be displayed at the Quarter Gallery in the Regis Center for Art. The concept for this exhibition is derived from the artist’s family name, which is also the most common surname shared by 92,880,000 people in China, accounting for 7.25% of the country’s total population. Wang is kinship, ethnic groups and the public context of relationship. Photographs made in China and in Minneapolis will be displayed on the walls and hanging from the ceiling.

YOUSHEN will be displayed at the Mpls Photo Center. The concept for this exhibition is coexistence, with a focus on the private things in life that are internal, micro issues. The exhibition will include 36 groups of photographs from the series The Whole Story of the Death of My Grandmother, created between 1989 and 1994. For this installation, the gallery will be converted into a “darkroom” space, stressing the process aspect of the work.

Wang Youshen was born in Beijing in 1964 and began his artistic training at the Beijing Art Academy when he was 16. Upon his graduation he chose to continue his training at the Art Academy’s Folk Art Department and majored in illustration and graphic art. As a teenage student during the 1980′s, the exciting artistic milieu had a marked influence on his development and philosophies. As with other young artists at that time, he went through various styles, from classical to modern and experimented with all kinds of materials. The 1985 art movement was in essence about subverting the art training of the academy. Wang Youshen became one of the few well-known installation artists in China.

The selection of the materials has always been of primary concern in his work. He is particularly interested in various forms of printing. His works “Newspaper” Series” used newspapers as raw material, covering a portion of the Great Wall with one issue of the Beijing Youth Daily. In another, he printed an issue directly onto fabric, transforming curtains, clothes and even bed sheets. This served to introduce a very public item into a private domestic arena. His work “Before and After My Grandmother Passed Away” was a photographic record of a portion of his grandmother’s life exposed to the public. “Washing: 1941, Datong, Ten Thousand Men in Ditch” was carried out to coincide with the Fiftieth Year Commemoration of the Second World War and a detailed report of an incident during the war where hundreds of thousands of Chinese were buried alive by the Japanese in Datong in 1941. In the exhibition water was recycled through shower equipment while washing the photographs in the bath. This physical washing of the images eventually caused the photographic images to disappear and to signify that as water washes the images away, time too will eventually wash people’s memories clear of the hurt that occurred during the war.

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