Xue Song, Peace Dove - Dialogue with Magritte, 2017
Xue Song, Tribute to Rothko No. 5, 2015
Xue Song, Two Tigers, 2010
Shanghai’s Long Museum (West Bund) presents Phoenix – Art from the Ashes, a large-scale solo exhibition by the artist Xue Song. Curated by Jeffrey Spalding, the exhibition features important works from Xue’s prolific artistic career spanning over thirty years, including his early ventures with fire and collage, as well as the artist’s current developments and progress with series such as Dialogue with Masters, History & Reality, City & Youth, Chinese Landscape, and Foam.
Long Museum (West Bund) 3398, Longteng Ave., Xuhui Dist., Shanghai
May 18 – July 14, 2019 Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Pine smoke ink, famous throughout China, is a type of precious inkstick made from pine soot, or the deposition of smoke particles from burning pinewood. Xue Song, who is named after the great pines (song in Chinese) of Yellow Mountain, begins his collages by burning printed images, in which the ashes are collected and mixed into his paint; this artistic practice and synthetic medium can be regarded as a new Pine Smoke Ink.
Since the late 1990s, Xue Song has made extensive use of traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting, either as ready-made images for his burnt collage, or as classical themes to be reinvented in a contemporary context. Although his practice is derived from Pop Art, it carries a profound sense of Chinese culture and the spirit of ink painting. The artistic practice of Pine, Smoke, Ink opens a new chapter in genre of Modern Ink.
Eight Viewsof Taiwan first appeared in 1694 in the official Taiwan Chorography. In the four following centuries, the list of Eight Views has undergone a series of changes according to the times, due to not only the island’s development and social growth, but also the people’s choice of aesthetics and sense of cultural identification. What makes a scenery beautiful? A viewer’s opinion often oversteps the boundaries of objectivity. From 2013, three cross-strait artists, Lin (Apex) Pang-soong, Zhou Gang, and Xue Song, were invited for the Eight Views of Taiwan creation project. Without a preconceived list of Eight Views, the artists were invited to travel around Taiwan, and through their experience and interaction with the island, each represent the scenery in their own artistic language, ultimately painting a view into the cultural and historical heritage of Taiwan.