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Exhibition Detail
IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
Curated by: Carla Stellweg
329 Broome Street
New York, New York 10002


September 5th, 2012 - September 26th, 2012
Opening: 
September 5th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
The Pure Biological Reaction of “Popular Art”: a. Phenomenon, b. Concept, c. Gleaners’ Suspicions,
The Pure Biological Reaction of “Popular Art”: a. Phenomenon, b. Concept, c. Gleaners’ Suspicions,
2005, oil on canvas, 72 x 54 inches
© Courtesy of the artist & White Box
The Incidental Presentation Given in the Autonomous Complex of Defining Pop Art - Similar to a Lonely Old Man Discussing the Issue of Sperm Activity with a Group of "Problem Kids", XI FEI, Reverse Plato-ism - Pop Art’s One Hundred Whys SeriesXI FEI, Reverse Plato-ism - Pop Art’s One Hundred Whys Series,
The Incidental Presentation Given in the Autonomous Complex of Defining Pop Art - Similar to a Lonely Old Man Discussing the Issue of Sperm Activity with a Group of "Problem Kids",
2005, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 x 1 1/2 inches
© Xi Fei
Pastime - The Definition of Non-Multiple Personality Disorder in Psychology: a. Sex b. Shadows c. Pleasure d. Correlation Coefficients of Failed Birth Controls in an Undifferentiated Matrix, XI FEI, Reverse Plato-ism - Pop Art’s One Hundred Whys SeriesXI FEI, Reverse Plato-ism - Pop Art’s One Hundred Whys Series,
Pastime - The Definition of Non-Multiple Personality Disorder in Psychology: a. Sex b. Shadows c. Pleasure d. Correlation Coefficients of Failed Birth Controls in an Undifferentiated Matrix,
2005, Oil on canvas, 60 x 72 x 1 1/2 inches
© Xi Fei
Clinical CT Scan - The Sensory Presentations of Singular Judgment and “Pop Culture Extension:a. Magnitude b. Principle c. Universality d. The Lip Line of Objective Effectiveness and Intrinsic Effectiveness of Parameters , XI FEI, Reverse Plato-ism - Pop Art’s One Hundred Whys SeriesXI FEI, Reverse Plato-ism - Pop Art’s One Hundred Whys Series,
Clinical CT Scan - The Sensory Presentations of Singular Judgment and “Pop Culture Extension:a. Magnitude b. Principle c. Universality d. The Lip Line of Objective Effectiveness and Intrinsic Effectiveness of Parameters ,
2002, Oil on canvas, 72 x 72 x 2 1/2 inches
© Xi Fei
Correction of Process – The Atavism of Three Masters “Conceptual Group”: a. A Serendipitous Existence of Circumstantial Background in Materialism, b.The Circumstantial Characteristics of Non-Materialistic Property in Essence, Reverse Plato-ism - Pop Art’s One Hundred Whys Series, XI FEIReverse Plato-ism - Pop Art’s One Hundred Whys Series, XI FEI,
Correction of Process – The Atavism of Three Masters “Conceptual Group”: a. A Serendipitous Existence of Circumstantial Background in Materialism, b.The Circumstantial Characteristics of Non-Materialistic Property in Essence,
2006, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 x 1 1/2 inches
© Xi Fei
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White Box is honored to announce Chinese American artist Xi Fei’s first solo exhibition in New York City. In the Belly of the Beast is one of several White Box invitational exhibitions and will be on view from September 5th to 26th. The selection of works focuses on seven paintings from the artist’s large-scale series Pop Art One Hundred Whys – The Offender that Squeezed Out the Last Drop of Milk from Original Sin along with an exciting selection of mixed-media works on paper from the series entitled, Black Hole – The Chaos and Degeneration of Culture.

Combining multiple elements from Eastern and Western cultures, each piece reflects Xi Fei’s shift from growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution to settling as an artist in New York. As an outsider coming into a new, post-industrial and post-capitalist society, He explored the legacy of Pop Art through an unique perspective, quite distinct from a strictly American view of Pop Art’s legacy. Xi Fei’s appropriations are particularly evident in the titles of his paintings. For instance, The Pure Biological Reaction of ‘Popular Art’: a. Phenomenon, b. Concept, c. Gleaners’ Suspicions (2005) reveals his interest in allegory next to parables of a consumerist society with its endless reproductions.

Xi Fei’s works are evocative and narrative, eliciting the viewer’s feelings, ideas, responses and impulses. The works on paper in particular depict imagery of delight and hope – a hope to find ourselves in a new world where one can exit the belly of the beast.

A fully illustrated, color catalog with an introduction by Juan Puntes and texts by Carla Stellweg and Lilly Wei is available upon request.


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