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Organizer: Three Shadows +3 Gallery

Curator: Song Zhenxi

Opening: 17:00 - 18:00, March 24, 2018

Venue: Three Shadows +3 Gallery

Duration: 10:00-18:00, March 24, 2018 - May 23, 2018 (Closed on Mondays)

Address: Caochangdi 155A, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015

Tel: 86-10-64319063

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Fly Whisk (1/2), 2018

Mixed Media ( photography, gel silver emulsion painting, aluminum wire, oil, acrylic painting on linen )

85 x 100 cm

Three Shadows +3 Gallery is proud to present "Perspectives in the Distance", a solo exhibition by

artist Shao Wenhuan. Combinations of photography and painting, Shao's works are dark and kaleidoscopic puzzles of nature that surge with allusions to art history and the subjectivity of space.

It is easy to get absorbed into the worlds of Shao’s images. Photography is very much at the center, but he manages to conjure destabilized realities and alternate existences all the same. Stars, lakes, stones, the moon – these become hallucinatory landscapes of alienation, the universe turned inside-out. He turns away from the idea of a “correct” or definitive experience and blurs binaries: truth and fiction, existence and emptiness, certainty and the unknown.

In "Perspectives in the Distance", a large number of pieces meditate on forests and mountains encountered in Shao’s travels to the Yellow Mountains and Mount Fuchun (close to Hangzhou and famously depicted by the 14th century painter Huang Gongwang). Together, they constitute a metaphor with the trees as humans, the forests and mountains as society, and their disorder as a parallel to our own. Under the vast starry sky, we may believe we exist in an orderly universe, but its origin is fated to remain unknown.

While intervening in this debate about a true order, Shao also stresses the role of a sense of space in any such dispute. In works like Wings of a Phoenix Bird, the multidimensional rips of aluminum showcase Shao’s break from a single, black-and-white, subjective or objective worldview in his photography. It is not necessarily a rethinking of image consciousness (that is, the way the image acts as a mirror) he strives for, but this rethinking of space.

Photographers often see the world with the camera by moving far and near, by which they share their own sense of seeing. They perceive the distance in forests, society and the universe as a kind of self-organizing order, so as to find the value of their own existence. This exhibition by Shao Wenhuan is about his gaze from afar, and the uncertain dream that stares back at him.


Shadowing Thirty Square Meters, 2016 - 2017

Mixed Media ( photography, gel silver emulsion painting, oil on linen )

201.5 x 153 cm

【 TALK 】

Time and Medium in Shao Wenhuan's Projects - A conversation between Shao Wenhuan and Nataline Colonnello

Time:16:00- 17:30, March 25, 2018

Talk Guests:Shao Wenhuan (Artist) & Nataline Colonnello (Director of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing)

Venue:Three Shadows +3 Gallery

Shao Wenhuan

Shao Wenhuan was born in Hotan, Xinjiang in 1971. In 2002 he enrolled in a graduate program for painting at the Chinese Academy of Art. During this time he also traveled to France to study at the National Superior School of Art in Dijon. After completing his degree, Shao remained at the Chinese Academy of Arts as an Associate Professor. He lives and works in Hangzhou.



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“Membrane – A Way of Recreating ‘The Lies Within Truth’”, 1933 Modern Art Space, Shanghai


“All Is Quiet”, M97 Gallery, Shanghai



“Brush Screen/Work” 2018 AMNUA Photography Exhibition, Art Museum of the Nanjing University of Art, Nanjing

“Mountain Art” Joint Exhibition, New York China Institute, New York


“A Collaboration With Father Time” Jimei Arles Discovery Nomination Forum, Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Center, Xiamen

“So West Lake” The First Art Scene of West Lake Photo Exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou


“China Whispers” Art Exhibition, Bern Museum of Fine Arts, Switzerland

“Insights” Third Photo Shanghai Exhibition, Shanghai

“Floating Island Chronicles” Joint Exhibition, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

“On the Lake” Joint Exhibition, Han Yang Art Center, Hangzhou


“CHINA8 Modern Art Exhibition”, Folkwang Museum, Germany

“Illusion”, Ming Yuan Art Museum, Shanghai

“Dust – Tough – Frame – Sea” Jimei Arles International Photo Exhibition, Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Center, Xiamen

“Hidden Strength” Art Exhibition, Beijing Yang Museum, Beijing


“China Contemporary Photography 2009-2014”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

"New Obscurity", +BTAP Tokyo Gallery, Beijing

" Contemporary Oriental Dimension", the 5th Jinan International Photography Biennale, Jinan

"The Decade of Chinese Contemporary Photography", the 10th Lianzhou Photography International Annual Exhibition, Lianzhou

"Memory", the 2nd Italy and China Contemporary Art Biennale, 798 Art Center, Beijing


“Clear Streams and Distant Mountains: Transformation of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Monica Art Center, Barcelona

"Inspiration and post-Flash", the First Beijing International Photography Biennale, Beijing

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"Heart of the Nature: the First Italy and China Art Biennale", Milan

"Housing Leak Marks: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Zhejiang Art Museum, Zhejiang


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"Alessandria Photo Biennale", Alessandria

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