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Shi Yong Solo Exhibition: A Bunch of Happy Fantasies , Opening of ShanghART S-Space
Solo Exhibition ShanghART S-Space 798 Art Zone, Beijing, Seven Star East Street, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road,Chaoyang District
Date: 03.04, 2016 - 05.20, 2016

Artists: SHI Yong 施勇

Opening: 4th March 2016, 4pm - 7pm
Duration: 5th March 2016 - 20th May 2016
Address: ShanghART S-Space, Seven Star East Street, 798 Art Zone, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Contact: | + 86 10 6432 3202

ShanghART gallery is pleased to present ShanghART S-Space opening exhibition- on 4th March. This exhibition will last until 20th May.

ShanghART S-Space is a special project space located in 798 district Beijing, and also the 7th exhibition space of ShanghART gallery. "S-Space" mainly presents the project with single piece of work. Furthermore, each exhibition will show one project of one artist.

"S" = "Single piece", "Special", "Small", "Smart" and "Seven nine eight".

This exhibition will present the work of Shi Yong- A Bunch of Happy Fantasies. This work is a neon installation and a poetry written by the artist’s friend who has the complicated identity and magical experience. Shi Yong transfers the fantasy character of the poetry to a kind of reality illusion, thereby making it into neon installation, and invertedly displayed.  Shi Yong focuses a lot about fantasy and reality. In terms of ideology of consumerism, modernization of the city, daily behaviors and emotional feelings, he altered the ideas and created his works. This piece is materialized fantasy creation of words and materials. "Fantasy" is an unspeakable thought, and the work once again conveys the artist's subtle control of human perception and cognition. A bunch of inverted mumbling and sweet red lights makes the "happy fantasy" real and touching.

Shi Yong was born in 1963 in Shanghai, and is a prominent figure in the contemporary art world in China. Since 1992, his works and practice - experimental, rational and pioneering - largely influenced the art scene. Recent shows include: Trace of Existence, UCCA, Beijing, China (2016); Borusan Contemporary Perili Kosk, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Off Site Programme, Silent Film, Ikon Gallery, Fletchers Walk, Birmingham, U.K (2014); Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands(2014); Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2012).

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