Li Songsong delves into abstraction and installation for his second solo exhibition at Pace Beijing. Comprised a single work, the artist has created a large metal tunnel internally lined with his characteristically thick color grids and undulating shades. The audience finds passage through this exhibit in an experience of perceptual rebirth, perhaps for the viewers, perhaps for the artist himself.
Li Songsong (b. 1973, Beijing) graduated from the Subsidiary School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1992 before going on to receive his BFA in oil painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. After he graduated from the Subsidiary School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1992, he went on to receive his B.F.A in oil painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. He has since been the focus of many publications and international exhibitions. Li Songsong joined the Gallery in 2010. The artist currently lives and works in Beijing.
Pace Beijing is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Li Songsong. Consisting of a single work, this will be the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery in China. The internationally-acclaimed artist has taken forays into abstraction and alternative forms before, but never one quite so extreme as this exhibition. With this work, Li Songsong literally inverts his signature impasto oil on aluminum medium, turning the traditional structure inside out. However, instead of dismantling and reconstructing found imagery from historic and often politically charged photographs, the artist has chosen to depict nothing. There is a lack of iconography and an absence of figuration with which viewers must grapple to construct their own experiential meaning. Li Songsong does not provide a readily accessible narrative, as the artist presents the possibility for viewers to discover dimension through other means. The passage of the audience through the exhibit can be seen as an experience of perceptual rebirth, perhaps for the viewers, perhaps for the artist himself. Li Songsong offers us no instructions or commentary, but rather invites us to face the challenge of deriving unique personal meaning from our journey through the exhibition.
Li Songsong was born in Beijing in 1973. He graduated from the Subsidiary School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 and received a B.F.A in oil painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. The artist has been included in numerous international exhibitions at institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; MoMA PS1, New York; the Saatchi Gallery, London; Ullens Center, Beijing; the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; the Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; and the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany. His work was included in Through the Looking Glass, a special project for the 2007 Moscow Biennale. Li Songsong was the recipient of the 2011 Martell Artists of the Year Award. He lives and works in Beijing, China.