FEAST Projects presents a second solo exhibition of Xie Lei, who continues in this new group of paintings to seek the unrepresentable. His work is inspired from reality but does not describe or document it. It is an invitation for the spectator to ask about the world surrounding them, the ambiguity of situations, the ambivalence of the human comedy, the duality of elements. His painting hides as much as it reveals echoing the twilight when every sight is confusing and the ordinary becomes uncanny.
“His images are symbolic and display a great dramatic intensity; they speak of joy and of sadness. We need to trust our emotions when looking at Xie Lei's work, this is the key which opens them up.” Explained Philippe Koutouzis, Director of FEAST Projects.
Art critic Emmanuel Fessy describes, “Xie Lei likes to remember Zhuang Zi who dreamt that he was a butterfly and then wondered if he really had this dream, or if it was not a butterfly dreaming that he was Zhuang Zi. In the paintings of Xie Lei, reality is here, all the elements are recognizable but their combination is intriguing.”
“Everything and Nothing is the ambiguity of ourselves, the ambivalence of situations. What I am trying to represent is the tension, the boundaries, the space existing between the two points, not their radical and simple opposition.” – Xie Lei
This exhibition is part of Le French May 2013 programme, presented by FEAST Projects and supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.