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Yin Xiuzhen

Second Skin

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About Yin Xiuzhen

A leading female figure in Chinese contemporary art, Yin Xiuzhen (b. 1963, Beijing, China) began her career in the early 1990s following her graduation from Capital Normal University in Beijing where she received a B.A. in oil painting from the Fine Arts Department in1989. Her artworks have since been shown extensively in various international exhibitions. Best known for her works that incorporate second-hand objects, Yin uses her artwork to explore modern issues of globalization and homogenization. By utilizing recycled materials such as sculptural documents of memory, she seeks to personalize objects and allude to the lives of specific individuals, which are often neglected in the drive toward excessive urbanization, rapid modern development and the growing global economy. The artist explains, "In a rapidly changing China, ‘memory’ seems to vanish more quickly than everything else. That’s why preserving memory has become an alternative way of life."

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Press Release

  • Yin Xiuzhen: Second Skin
    Pace Beijing is excited to present an exhibition of Yin Xiuzhen’s recent work. It is her first exhibition with the gallery. Yin Xiuzhen: Second Skin will open on March 18th and remain on view through May 8th, 2010. Yin Xiuzhen’s work is known for her sculptural installations. Most viewers are familiar with her works made of second-hand clothes in which she juxtaposes the soft, often feminine clothes with her industrial or machine-related creations. With an eye towards the familiar, she blends the discarded and nostalgic qualities of second-hand clothes with the heroic and aggressive nature of industrialized products or cities. Second Skin will present 20 new works, including Freeway, a large sculptural recreation of a highway partly made from clothes. With China’s fast-growing demand for cars comes the need for new and expanded roadways. The process of building these roads is often fraught with tension as homes are displaced to make way for the “greater good”. In the exhibition, Yin Xiuzhen again explores clothes’ multiple roles. Besides their function to protect and keep a person warm, they also represent a person’s identity and can give clues to their history. Yin Xiuzhen refers to clothes as a person’s “second skin” and addresses how people are loosing their personal identity in an increasingly globalized world and striving to rediscover it. Yin Xiuzhen was born in 1963; she graduated from the Capital Normal University, Department of Oil Painting. She currently lives and works in Beijing. She is scheduled to exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art’s (New York) Projects series. Yin Xiuzhen’s “Projects 92” is on-view February 24 – May 24, 2010. Her work has been included in “Chinese Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2007, Venice, Italy; “26th San Paulo Biennale” San Paulo, Brazil; “Inside Out: New Chinese Art Exhibition”, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, USA.
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Yin Xiuzhen’s works have been accorded femininity for the “soft” nature of her signature material: reclaimed fabrics from secondhand clothes. But the artist’s womanly virtues perhaps culminate in her “enterable” spaces, whose employ seems to have reached a crescendo in Collective Subconscious, 2007, currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art. For the piece, viewers are invited to step inside a patchwork caterpillar adjoining two ends of a nostalgic Chinese “breadbox car,” a minibus whose c

Through May 24 A site-specific installation exploring both personal and environmental themes, by the leading Chinese artist known for her use of found and recycled materials (used clothing, a minivan). On view here is her highly interactive Collective Subconscious (2007)—a massive, colorful tubelike structure outfitted with stools and filled with hushed pop music—where visitors are invited to hang out and escape the throngs.