Since becoming established in 2008, Magician Space navigates beyond the remit of a conventional gallery by responding to the challenges faced in China.
Our exhibitions are dedicated to providing important platforms for emergent future artists based both across China and internationally, and also supporting figures who have contributed significantly to the history of Chinese contemporary art. In this way, Magician Space seeks to challenge, stimulate, and address the blinds areas overlooked by the development of contemporary art in China.
In the recent years since his return from studies at the Fachhochschule Dortmund in Germany, Shi Guowei has evolved a singular, and compelling, style of visual expression. This resides in a subtle combination of photography and painting. Specifically, between black and white photographs that he makes in conventional fashion by observing scenes and documenting his observations, and an approach to hand-colouring them over an extended period of time.
The subject of Shi Guowei’s recent endeavour, as evidenced in the group of new works presented in “A Walk in the Woods”, is landscape, or rather nature, used in a generic or slightly abstract form that eschews the particular. The artist is less concerned with depicting the physical resemblance of nature, than with finding means to illuminate an inner world of abstract experiences and emotions. This, he does, with a quiet, subtle skill. So much so that, courtesy of his masterful combination of straight documentary photography with a lengthy process of colouring, his “photo-paintings” are imbued with a metaphysical force, and an aura of the sublime.
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