Shen Yuan's solo exhibition - UCCA. Ending in July
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Shen Yuan: Hurried Words

Date: May 16, 2009 - July 18, 2009
Venue: UCCA Beijing (Middle Room)
Curated by Guo Xiaoyan, UCCA Chief Curator

(Press release. Source: UCCA website)

UCCA presents Shen Yuan: Hurried Words, a poetic installation displaying two important recent works; a "landscape" made of combs and more than eighty small cloth tongues blown by hair driers. These two works, both connected with hair and related daily objects, open new forms of dialogue between cultures, a central feature of the art of Shen Yuan, who migrated to France about 20 years ago.

A giant comb is exhibited in UCCA Middle Hall, above which are various kinds of tangled hairstyles made of Asian, African, and Western hair. This idea comes from everyday life when we comb our hair; some stay on the comb and resemble heads, mini hairstyles or growing plants. The artist imagines them as a gathering crowd or forest. Beside, a huge hairdryer blows air causing the many tongues to fly over while muted by the sound of the device.

After she left China in 1990, Shen Yuan used the cultural splits caused by migration such as a new language and identity, as a departure point for her future art development and as elements of survival in a foreign land.

"Hurried Words is named as such because they always seem to be not apprehensible, and are unable to catch others' attention. The hair dryer sends out a deafening noise. Here Shen Yuan intends to show how language loses itself in the work; she invites the audience to experience 'hurried words' after deviating topics and changing meanings", explains Guo Xioayan, exhibition curator.

The Artist

Shen Yuan was born in Xianyou, Fujian Province, in 1959. She graduated from Zhejiang Fine Art College in 1982. She participated in the China Avant Garde exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in 1989 before moving to Paris. Recognized as a major contemporary Chinese artist, Shen Yuan's art is characterized by a tolerant spirit and exquisite skill, often full of delicate and supple feeling vitally related with daily life. In her art she hopes to reveal the latent language in objects, to transform the non-living into life, the corruptible into the magical, and the useful into the useless. She always tactfully adopts a variety of sounds in her works such as battle cries and murmurs in an improvised and frank style that gives audiences a feeling of suspicion and wonder. Shen Yuan believes it is the artist's responsibility to give objects information, to bestow non-living things with an ability to communicate using existing, diverse, oral or written language.

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