Open Space #13 Xie Lei "Au-delà"
- Galerie 3
Chinese artist Xie Lei presents " Au-delà " in Galerie 3 alongside the exhibition " Mark Rothko ".
Chinese artist Xie Lei has lived and worked in Paris since 2006. His paintings immerse the viewer in a disturbing imaginary world based on real situations, often subtly connected to literary and cinematographic memories or drawn from a profound crucible of personal emotions. The artist dwells on the complexity of events and situations, exploring the ambiguities and tensions they foster. His palette begins with sombre hues that mutate to become luminous and powerful.
In Galerie 3, Xie Lei has chosen to exhibit reflections on today’s questions of identity, life and death in a collection of 5 monumental paintings. Juxtaposed like a frieze along the walls of gallery 3, they form a phantasmagorical landscape through which the artist questions our perception of reality, evoking the possibility of the existence of other worlds. From one canvas to the next, among the branches and foliage, faceless anthropomorphic figures emerge on the surface, their outlines diluted in a palette of green and blue, between appearance and disappearance.
Free access with a ticket for the "Mark Rothko" exhibition.
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Claudia Buizza and Ludovic Delalande
Xie Lei (b. 1983 in China) has lived and worked in Paris since 2006. He graduated from the CAFA in Beijing then the ENSBA in Paris. His works have been exhibited in numerous institutions: MO.CO, Montpellier (FR); CAPC, Bordeaux (FR); Villa Noailles, Hyères (FR); Collection Lambert, Avignon (FR); MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine (FR); Langen Foundation, Neuss (DE); Musée National d’Histoire d’Immigration, Paris (FR); Yishu 8 Foundation, Beijing (CN); Ricard Foundation, Paris (FR). His oeuvres feature in many public and private collections such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, MAC VAL, Colas Foundation, Burger Collection and X Museum. Xie Lei was a resident of the Casa de Velázquez and of the Boghossian Foundation.
Xie Lei chose painting through personal conviction, as it opens up a pathway towards a language capable of expressing his sensory universe and a field of experimentation that allows him to delve into the specificity of this medium in the contemporary world. His work always starts with a basis in reality before taking flight to explore uncertain or ambiguous realms that are transformed by his imagination. Most of his paintings refer to murky or disturbing situations, discreetly linked to literary or cinematographic memories or drawn from a profound crucible of personal emotions. His work dwells on the complexity of events and situations and above all their ambiguity and the tensions they foster. His recent painting intrigues through its exploration of a world in-between sleep and death, torment and eroticism. The colors are somber but shift towards the luminous and the powerful. His touch is both fluid and more textured. Xie Lei’s painting is singular in that it offers up an alternative perception of time: in a salutary manner, it suggests a slowing of the spectator’s gaze and an escape from the intoxicating world of immediacy and constant acceleration.