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Don Gallery 东画廊
2014.03.21 Fri - 2014.05.04 Sun
Opening Exhibition
03/21/2014 18:00
Unit 302, 2879 Longteng Avenue, Shanghai 上海市徐汇滨江龙腾大道2879号302室 Shanghai 200031 CHINA
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Opening Hours
11:0-18:00, Tuesday to Satruday, 13:00-18:00, Sunday
周二至周六,10:00 – 18:00;周日,13:00-18:00
Xixing Cheng

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KIDS, by Hu Zi
[Press Release]

Duration: 21 March–4 May 2014

Opening: 18:00–20:00, 21Mar 2014

Venue: Don Gallery, Room 26, 1331 Middle Fuxing Road, Shanghai

Don Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition KIDS by Hu Zi, opening on Friday, March 21st and continuing through May 4th,2014. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at Don Gallery, after showing int wo group shows at the gallery. On view will be a group of recent works by the artist, which is also a delicate presentation of her works focusing on body, memory and pain during the past two years.

The title KIDS is inspired by American rock singer, poet and artist Patti Smith’s autobiography JUST KIDS. There are two narratives included in the show. The first one is the life of Patti Smith in New Yorkin the 60s. The other is the personal memory ofthe artistin Paris. The stories of these two young women are diffe rent, yet intertwined with each other, constructing a personalnarrative on memory, emotion and pain in adolescence. As for Patti Smith and her times, on view will be a group of portr aits of the rock star herself, Robert Mapplethorpe, her lifelong lover and friend, artist Andy Warhol, David Bowie and the great guitarist of the Rolling Stones Keith Richards; as well as a scene of Chelsea Hotel, a famous hotel in the 60s where many artis ts and musicians lived in. The sepersonages from Patti’s life have deeply influenced Hu Zi.

As for Hu Zi’s personal memories, self – portrait and ortraits of her close friend will be on show. The portrait is somehow a way towards deeper introspection. All these figures have abrupt big eyes, emotional lips, stiff bodies with tension, giving a sense of fragility, sensitivity and anxiety. While on the other hand, the decisive lines and strokes also reveal an inner strength ofthe artist’s being decisive  and independent. Hu Zi re-started oil paintings nearly a year ago. She continues her style and techniques of gouache on paper, and extends freely in oil painting. Her color has begun to break through from black and purple to yellow, green, blue and other colors. Expression through color has been broadened deliberately.

Hu Zi graduated with a master degree in Paintings from China Academicof Art in 2007.During her studies, she used to live in Citéin ternationale des Arts Paris for half year. Now she lives and works in Shanghai. After her graduation,Hu Zi’s works have been shownin many group exhibitions, including the Infantization organized by Shanghai Art Museum, in 2007 and toured to Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France and Art Basel Dreispitzhalle, Switzerland in 2010. She also had two solo exhibitions in Eastlink Gallery in 2008 and 2012. Her works have been included in many private collections.