Time Off for Good Behavior
XUE Wang's "Time off For Good Behaviour" is her second solo show with Copro and concerns Crimes both heinous and petty & Criminals legendary and laughable; here is a shadow world filled with the extremities of the human zoo. The offenders seem powerless to break the cycle of their transgressive behaviour- drawn like moths to the consuming flame. Are their victims though wholly innocent? Have they perhaps conspired with their tormentors in some way? The cunning fox steps unwittingly into a trap laid by an equally savvy and unfeeling missy. The aging harridan is served a tea that is to put paid to her incessant nagging. My treatment of this thorny subject is intended to both amuse and question our reactions to crime. On the face of it these actions are morally repugnant and merit our censure. But we are all guilty, at unguarded moments, of feelings of superiority, vanity, lust and cold calculation: the impetuses of crime.
XUE was born in northern China in 1980, the year of the mischievous monkey. After a BA degree in Fashion in China at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art in Shenyang she relocated to London at age 22 to finish her MA at University of Westminster. Painting and drawing, playing around with ideas, juxtaposing images and allowing her imagination free reign have all helped guide her development however her career has not followed a linear path. The self-reflective intimacy of art, which has always been latent in her, forced Xue’s transition from fashion to painting.