ShanghART Gallery is delighted to announce Li Shan's solo exhibition at The Armory Show 2022, focusing on his long-term research in the field of Bio Art. Li Shan, born 1942 in Heilongjiang, China, is one of the leading figures in Chinese contemporary art. Over his fifty-year artistic career, he has been a participant and witness to many important art movements and has played an central role in the development of contemporary art in China.
This exhibition selects important and never seen works from 25 critical years of the artists career. These five works attest to Li Shan's insistence on contemplation, constant exploration, and reflection on the relationship between human being and nature through artistic creation.
In 1993, inspired by the half-human, half-animal Loughton Candidate, by the young Matthew Barney, Li Shan began to sketch and experiment with his Bio Art, the Reading series, which includes very early artworks completed under the guidance of molecular biology. The logic of his Bio Art works is to combine different parts of animals and human beings through genetic transcription and technology, filling the picture with his wild imagination of the possibility of creatures and human beings. These often winged, heteromorphic creatures, grow and populate the frames like living cells.
A documentation of Li Shan's numerous sketches (presented on a screen) let the public enjoy the artist's creativity and research and gain insight into the visual strategies and decision-making process for creating Bio Art.