Hu Qingyan is a famous Chinese sculptor and performance artist. His ideas on representation and space are based on an expanded definition of the medium of sculpture, and he challenges his viewers with his autonomous concepts.
Hu Qingyan was born in 1982 in Weifang, Shandong Province, China and studied sculpture at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
His work to date has explored the possibilities and limitations of different media which include wood, marble and clay and the effects of their transformation from one form to another. It is his concern that contemporary sculpture should develop and be enriched by new approaches and new issues.
Hu Qingyan sculpts objects from his daily surroundings out of a given amount of clay. Once an object is finished, the artist uses the same clay to sculpt another one out of it. As example, the exhibition “Eternal Glory” alludes to a similar idea about repeated reoccurrences, and being reborn in different forms. The series Narrative by a “Pile of Clay” is presented in forty photographs depicting the original object next to the different stages of its clay copy. Although sculptures are usually static objects, this sculptural work manifests the process of sculpting, and borders on performance. Hu Qingyan has a strong interest in intermediality, and combines the medium of sculpture with others, such as photography, performance, video, or painting.
Aside from his works dealing with the idea of copies and the replication of everyday objects, Hu Qingyan is also interested in the opposite approach: representing objects and people in sculpture without shaping their original appearance. “Making an object that is, in some ways, very distant from its original, actual form, while at the same time very closely resembling it, is for me, much more interesting than making a figurative sculpture in the perfect form.”
The artist currently lives and works in Beijing and Jinan.
|2015||Eternal Glory||Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China||Solo|
|2015||Mármakos||Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland||Group|
|2014||Center Perspective: Probability about the Way of Practice||Shone-Show Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|2013||借尸还魂 Reincarnation in a New Guise||Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland||Solo|
|2013||28 Chinese Rubell Family Collection||Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, USA||Group|
|2013||Datong International Sculpture Biennale,||Datong, China||Group|
|2013||中 (Middle)||Not Vital Foundation, Ardez, Switzerland||Group|
|2013||Building Bridges||Zeitgenössische Kunst aus China, Wolfsberg, Ermatingen, Switzerland||Group|
|2013||Colour Sculpture||Sui Jianguo and a Couple of His Students (2), Fujian Art Museum, Fuzhou, China||Group|
|2012||Blind Spots – Group Exhibition of Young Artists||Gallery Yang, Beijing, China||Group|
|2012||Starting Youth Artists Introducing Plan b||China Sculpture Institute, Today Art Museum||Group|
|2012||Untitled||China Sculpture Institute, Beijing, China||Group|
|2011||Revealing The Ruse||Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China||Solo|
|2011||ENDLESS VARIATIONS||Redstar Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|2011||Art Nova 100||Ditan Park, Beijing, China||Group|
|2011||EXTRACT – the 3rd Stall Keeper Show||C5Art, Beijing, China||Group|
|2011||Optional Exercise||Li-Space, Beijing, China||Group|
|2010||Get Moving||Li-Space, Beijing, China||Group|
|2010||Giant Cup Today National Art Students Annual Awards of Nomination 2010||Today Art Museum, Beijing, China||Group|
|2010||The Shape of Sculpture||Galerie Michael Schultz, Beijing, China||Group|
|2010||Little Step Forward: Contemporary Experimental Guest-Exhibition of Young Chinese Artists||Metal Warehouse, Creativity Square, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China||Group|
|2010||Sculpture – Artworks of Sui Jianguo and his Students||A4 Gallery, Chengdu, China||Group|
|2010||Space & Visual Energy||Zero Field Art Centre, Beijing, China||Group|
|2010||Chop: Contemporary Wood Sculpture Exhibition||Other Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|2009||Not in Reality – 2009 Young Sculptors Invitational Exhibition||Zero Field Art Center, Beijing, China||Group|
|2008||Group Exhibition of Young Artists||China Visual Arts Centre, Beijing, China||Group|
|2008||Nomination Exhibition of Beijing BS.1 Contemporary Museum||Museum of Asian Contemporary Art, Beijing, China||Group|
|2008||Soliloquy – Asian Young Artists Experimental Exhibition||Art House, Beijing, China||Group|
|2006||National Graduates Outstanding Exhibition 2006||Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China||Group|
|2006||Nomination Exhibition of Outstanding National Art Graduates||Today Art Museum, Beijing, China||Group|