Chen Wei at M97, Shanghai

An old black suitcase with the lid open showing a red interior and the suitcase full with tools.
The Augur’s Game No. 6, 2007.
(Image credit: © Chen Wei, Courtesy of m97 Gallery%A%A)

Spearheading the Chinese artistic revolution with his contemporary take on photographic convention - Chen Wei represents a new generation of Chinese creative, freed from the shackles of political strife that so informed his forebears.

Producing high-colour, large-scale still life-esque photographs, Wei has taken on one of the West’s most specific and history-rooted artistic modes with eye-catching success.

Featuring a range of work produced over the span of the past two years, the exhibition at Shanghai’s M97 Gallery (opens in new tab) (Wei’s first in the city) will showcase some of the most important work from this Hangzhou and Beijing-based artist.

Infatuated with the many eccentricities of early Western medicine, alchemy and philosophy - Wei’s intricately constructed tableaux take taxidermy, melted wax, insects and a whole host of equally evocative objects as their subject.

Building intricate, abstract narratives around his chosen objects by placing them in jarring, unexpected configurations, Wei artfully plays with age old notions of symbolism and allegory – creating an eerie air of foreboding around each photograph.

Sketched out in his studio before being photographed, the still life set-ups feel both staged and incidental. Capturing an equal sense of considered stillness and creative chance, Wei’s photographs represent some of the most innovative work to be making its way out of the People’s Republic.

Records Hypnosis

Records Hypnosis, 2007.

(Image credit: © Chen Wei, Courtesy of m97 Gallery)

Light on the Folding Bed

Light on the Folding Bed, 2009.

(Image credit: © Chen Wei, Courtesy of m97 Gallery)

Method of Slumber

Method of Slumber.

(Image credit: © Chen Wei, Courtesy of m97 Gallery)

Lesson of Weightlessness

Lesson of Weightlessness, 2009.

(Image credit: © Chen Wei, Courtesy of m97 Gallery)

A Difficult Subject I

I Feel That Geometry Is A Difficult Subject I, 2009.

(Image credit: © Chen Wei, Courtesy of m97 Gallery)

A Difficult Subject III

I Feel That Geometry Is A Difficult Subject III, 2009.

(Image credit: © Chen Wei, Courtesy of m97 Gallery)

ADDRESS

M97 Gallery
No. 97 Moganshan Road
2nd floor
Shanghai

China 200060

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