SHEN WEI: Invisible Atlas at Flowers Gallery

 Shen Wei, Tear, 2013
Ink on archival pigment print
 Shen Wei, Sarangkot, 2014
Acrylic on archival pigment print

Shen Wei, Mask, 2013
Metallic ink on archival pigment print

Chinese artist Shen Wei series Invisible Atlas is inspired by the Chinese philosophy of Qi - an unseen life force and a method of healing. For Shen Wei, this mysterious vital energy is poetic and seductive. Using his own body and personality as a subject, he envisions the internal and external forces channeling through the body and its surroundings. Drawing from memories of his childhood, as well as religious, historical and mythological imagery, the narrative is interwoven with elements of fantasy. Photographic subjects of the figure, objects and landscape are combined with minimally rendered drawings, where luminous dots, circles, arcs, arrows and waves give tangible form to imagined flows and concentrations of Qi....read more here 

To coincide with his solo exhibition, Shen Wei is also curating a group show Second Thought at Flowers Gallery, featuring work by Shiyuan Liu, Tingwei Li and Peter Glenn Oakley.

Shen Wei: Invisible Atlas to February 28, 2015
529 West 20th Street, NYC

Shen Wei discussing his work with me at Flowers Opening

All images Courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery, London / New York 

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