Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Xiaoze XIE.
XIE will show new paintings from two ongoing series, Fragmentary Views, where he has painted stacked newspapers, and Both Sides Now where newsprint from both sides of a page have bled into one another through semi-transparent sheets. In both bodies of work Xie allows only a fleeting glimpse of information, focusing on the fragments of meaning that occupy the everyday.
The artist continues his ongoing series of works, Fragmentary Views (2001 to present),
which explores the vulnerability and fragmentary nature of historical memory, and the general and superficial perception of world events in the age of ready global media.
The paintings depict stacked newspapers where only bits of information are visible-a greater understanding is implicit, but just out of view.
"What interests me most is the temporary nature of this mundane object loaded with all-encompassing information of changing daily life: from the front-page news to stock market columns to birth announcements and obituaries. Newspapers are recycled. Life goes on." - Xiaoze Xie
In the compressed stacks of newspapers, viewers will notice partial images of fragile life in Baghdad, distraught looks of disbelief of suicide attack victims, the building site of the World Trade Center, campaigns against Fa Lung Gong, and, closer to home, recent events of the "Occupy Movement." The gravity of these events is muffled as it is embedded in the mundane scroll of daily life.
Xiaoze Xie immigrated from the People's Republic of China in 1992, where he was born and studied art and architecture. He has MFA degrees from Beijing and North Texas University, and taught at Bucknell University before assuming his post as Professor of Art at Stanford. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and distinguished private collections.