Xiaoze Xie is a Chinese American visual artist and a professor of art and art history at Stanford University.
His work shows an obsession with antique tomes and used newspapers. The paintings of stacked papers and tattered pages allude to past headlines and show torn images of historic moments.
The upcoming exhibition augments this collection with recreations of heated events discussed on new media sources such as Sina Weibo. His exhibited paintings showcase the ways in which people have consumed media throughout the ages.
Like many gifted male artists, Xie likes his works to reflect what is happening in modern society.
His latest paintings recreate social events that have provoked public outrage, such as a string of news reports about school principals and teachers sexually assaulting their underage girl students. [vc_single_image image=”1620″ image_size=”full” frame=”noframe” full_width=”no” lightbox=”no” link_target=”_self” shadow=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”]
Artist Xiaoze Xie
Netizens responded with their usual bitter humor: many women posed for photos with signs asking the men to assault them instead.
Xie said humor is often the public’s only coping mechanism for anger and disappointment with a police force that is reluctant to supervise officials or take action to prevent such assaults.
“Grassroots democracy is a major characteristic of modern Chinese society,” Xie said. “The average people can and should have a voice, but their voice is usually quickly forgotten.”
Other paintings include Dingzihu, the Chinese word for residents who refuse to abandon their homes when the government sells their land to real estate developers – a growing phenomenon since it was first reported in Chongqing in 2007.
“When stripped naked, the modern reality is one of powerlessness and disappointment,” Xie said.
The exhibition includes photos of how Xie creates his work, including the sources of inspiration for many of his stacked papers.
Xie’s paintings will be exhibited from September 7 to October 20. [vc_single_image image=”1621″ image_size=”full” frame=”noframe” full_width=”no” lightbox=”no” link_target=”_self” shadow=”no” width=”1/2″ el_position=”first”] [vc_single_image image=”1622″ image_size=”full” frame=”noframe” full_width=”no” lightbox=”no” link_target=”_self” shadow=”no” width=”1/2″ el_position=”last”]
Xiaoze Xie’s works draw inspiration from newspapers and Sina Weibo.
Chambers Fine Art Beijing
September 7 to October 20
Caochangdi Hong 1-D, Chaoyang District
10:30 am – 6 pm (closed Mondays)
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