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Shao Yi Biography

Shao Yi’s meticulously made objects operate on the threshold between sculpture, installation art, and craft. In many of the new (2010/2011) works, the unexpected combination of stylistically distinct objects and material suggest various kinds of personal and mythical relationships. Combined together, these objects and paintings comprise subtle geometries and undistorted perspectives.

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Shao Yi’s recent works mainly focus on the discovery and the use of new textures and material. Beginning in 2011, the artist purchased a piece of safety glass, smashed it into small pieces and initiated his new series of works, including 12x12x12, Hong, Parabola and so forth. Shao Yi produces these geometrical patterns or words, starting from a single point, an angle or for example from details of a particular side. The pieces of glass are extended on other edges and sides, presenting various forms at each step.

Similarly, Shao Yi’s idiosyncratic 2010 works are composed of traditional auspicious patterns, modern industrial molds, folk art. From two and three-dimensional works to installations, Shao Yi builds a unique system of faith-related symbols. He turns auspicious patterns such as Ru yi, Yuan bao, Pi xiu and bats into abstract creatures or decorative landscape paintings, while modern industrial wood molds are reassembled into curious and extravagant totemic sculptures. Daily ready-mades or amulets are displayed on one side of wooden billboards and large scale aluminum badges on the other, expanding common materials’ numerous evocative possibilities.

The installation piece Broadcast (2008) likewise represents the coalescence of everyday objects. Audio and images are juxtaposed to demonstrate the most quotidian still pictures in real life. Broadcast consists of Cultural Revolution era speakers the artist collected from rural areas around China. The viewer is confronted with a barrage of voices blaring from the speakers at once. Political propaganda intermingles with regular conversations – it is impossible to distinguish which is which. The artist perfectly encapsulates the atmosphere of China during the Cultural Revolution, when politics infiltrated private lives to the point where politics was life.

Shao Yi was born in Hang Zhou in 1967, he lives and works in Hang Zhou and Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include Elementary Spectacle, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2010), Light Fogging - Shao Yi Solo Exhibition, BizArt Center, Shanghai (2008). Things from the gallery warehouse, ShangART H-Space, Shanghai (2009), Contemporary Art Exhibition in Songjiang, Songjiang Creative Studio, Shanghai (2009).

Shao Yi Featured Artworks

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2014.6.21(part 11) by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao Yi2014.6.21(part 11), 2014The crushed mirror glasses by the fist, silk screen printing (words excerpt from Benjamin), handwriting comments by red marker pen
80 x 60 cm
ShanghART Enquire about this work
Psychiatric Centre Immateriality Status 1 by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiPsychiatric Centre Immateriality Status 1, 2016Galvanized steel plate
118 x 70 cm
ShanghART Enquire about this work
Immateriality Status I by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiImmateriality Status I, 2016Galvanized steel plate
118 x 70 cm
ShanghART Enquire about this work
Lighting Project by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiLighting Project, 2016Tuff, car tail lights, steel plate, transformer, jack
ShanghART Enquire about this work
Ripple 2 by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiRipple 2, 2016Steel plate
120 x 224 x 25 cm
ShanghART Enquire about this work
Paper Boat I by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiPaper Boat I, 2015Steel plate
120 x 180 cm
ShanghART Enquire about this work
Work No. 3 by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiWork No. 3, 2013Glass, UV glue and frame
32 x 37 cm
ShanghART Enquire about this work

Shao Yi Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Wind Flirts among Words 夏风惹来一堆字 at ShanghART, Shanghai
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27 July–28 August 2019 Group Exhibition Summer Wind Flirts among Words 夏风惹来一堆字 ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Shao Yi, Shao Yi Is Here at ShanghART, Beijing
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1 May–12 July 2016 Shao Yi Shao Yi Is Here ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, 7 SEVEN at ShanghART, Singapore
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21 November 2015–10 January 2016 Group Show 7 SEVEN ShanghART, Singapore

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'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore Related Press 'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore 16 November 2016, Art Radar Journal

Mention new media art, and the first things which might come to mind are a sense of ephemerality and insubstantiality – the evanescence of artworks which exist, in some sense, as particular arrangements of bits. Not so with The Dynamics , a largely new media-based group exhibition at Singapore’s ShanghART gallery, which places some...

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