"Emotional Labour" He Yifei Solo Exhibition
City: Shanghai
Duration: 2018-05-26 ~ 2018-07-01
Opening: 4-7pm, Saturday, 26 May 2018
Address: #102-103, Building 17, M50, No.50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai
Participating Artist(s): He Yifei

OPENING PERFORMANCE 5.30-7pm Saturday 26 May 2018

J: GALLERY is honored to announce that the solo exhibition of He Yifei, Emotional Labour will be opened on May 26th, 2018. This is the first solo exhibition of He Yifei in China, which is about to present her latest works mainly in the medium of painting. He Yifei's artworks constantly explore the relationship and mutual influence between spaces and images, and the boundaries of painting are continuously extended in her art creation. The exhibition will last until July 1st, 2018.

He Yifei constantly studies and practices the presence and resurrection of objects in the art creation, and tries to use her intuition of images and objects to unlock the relationship between her artworks and space. Painting to her is a process in which she never stops discovering and introducing other thinking patterns, rather than simply a process of continuous presentation. In her work, painting attempts to get rid of its role as a tool and constantly becomes a new starting point. She is concerned about discovering the possibility between painting and structure in the process of painting, and rethinking the process of art creation and the boundary of painting.

In the abstract framework extended from painting and space, and constituted with the space unprocessed/interfered, the space brush-processed/unprocessed, and the space occupied/vacant, from the original creator and space to the viewers, artworks and space, the placement of body during this period becomes the key of He Yifei's exploration.

The presence of more that 20 tons of sand and gravel in the exhibition space, makes it difficult to distinguish the party in a passive concealed state out from the space, the canvas and the mound. The artist is not an emotional labour in the scene, but as an introduction to the space that exists in the folds of the mound, thus opening up the perception of time and space in the exhibition scene. Painting, in the space it creates, transcends the existence of images, and becomes the boundary of an event and a shareable starting point. In this process, she tries to move painting from the passive physical space into the conscious space. From Pierre Bourdieu’s view, artworks only exist after establishing contact with the viewer. Here, painting as a reflection on space, while space and painting as witnesses to the establishment of a relationship, extends an invitation to space imagination.


He Yifei, born in Wuhan, Hubei Province in 1991, now lives and works in London and Beijing, and she is currently a PhD candidate in the Painting Department of Royal College of Art, London. He Yifei's art creation is usually guided by painting as a medium to move out of images, and provides a shifting relationship through painting to open the perception of time and space in the exhibition space, while giving a way of thinking about the body schema. Her practice gives up the primacy of images in painting, trying to make painting move from the physical space that is passive and plane into the space of multi-dimensional consciousness. Her recent exhibitions include solo exhibition Unwitting Center at Lychee One (London, UK) in 2016, group exhibition Daybreak at Maverick Projects (London, UK) in 2017, and her personal project was featured in the longlist for the Chorus Program of Documenta 14 (Kassel, Germany) in 2017.


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