The Glory and the Dream
CHAI Gallery & Art+ Shanghai Gallery proudly announce The Glory and the Dream a solo exhibition of Bei Ling Yue, highlighting China’s changing landscape and illustrating how economic through reform and a new influx of personal wealth and rapid industrialization have influenced urban life.
Shanghai-based artist introduces new works from her Shanghai Series featuring a colorful display of artworks exploring anthropological changes in modern China. Through her photographs, Yue brings us into the city where individuals are living in a world of attainable dreams.
Yue’s does not search purposely for the city's dark corners and neglected populations but instead she captures the details of the neighbourhoods. Later she composes a new-hybrid canvas made from the thousands of detailed images she has amassed on her wanderings.
Her photographs consistently expose a human dimension, an angle of vision, or a profound insight, which are usually unseen or ignored. In this, Yue performs one of art’s important tasks: rendering visible what is otherwise invisible. Yue’s art-making praxis has a transformative dimension as well: it expands our range of vision and shows us things that are important to see.
The way in which Yue views the subjects in her images displays a kind of knowledge and yet simultaneously conceals the actual reality, an oscillating between depiction, melancholy and humour, documentary journalism, and a speaking between the lines—all of it formulated with an alert eye.
Our own sensory, overwhelmed by so much intensity and depth, skewers the surface of each print. The light concentrated in the urban China landscape proposes and encourages a variety of interpretations.