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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Lawn No.10, 草坪 10
2015-16
Oil on canvas
78 11/16 x 78 11/16 in.
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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Reliquary
2013
Oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 16 3/16 inches, 52 x 42 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Indian Relief 印度浮雕墙
2013 
Oil on canvas
51 1/16 x 70 5/16 in.
 

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Mars II
2010
Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches; 200 x 200 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Cambodian Relief 柬埔寨浮雕墙
2013 
Oil on canvas
78 1/4 x 118 in.

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Blue and White Porcelain Bowl with Arabic Inscription
2013
Oil on canvas
16 3/16 x 20 1/8 inches; 42 x 52 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Rock Carving of Thousand Buddhas
2013
Oil on canvas
94 3/16 x 70 5/16 inches; 240 x 180 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Stem Cup with Lotus Medallions
2013
Oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 16 3/16 inches; 52 x 42 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Black-Glazed Tray with Oil-Drop Pattern
2013
Oil on canvas
16 3/16 x 20 1/8 inches; 42 x 52 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Zen Garden No.2
2010
Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 118 1/8 inches; 200 x 300 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹 
Grass
2010
Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches; 200 x 200 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Grass
2010
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches; 40 x 30 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Moth on the Wall
2010
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches; 40 x 30 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
The Universe
2010
Oil on canvas
11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches; 30 x 40 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
The Relics
2012
Oil on canvas
63 x 43 5/16 inches; 160 x 110 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Mani Stone
2012
Oil on canvas
19 11/16 x 15 3/4 inches; 50 x 40 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
Palomar Observatory
2012
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 19 11/16 inches; 40 x 50 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
The Universe No.2
2012
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 19 11/16 inches; 40 x 50 cm

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SHI ZHIYING 石至莹
(No.0.00)Palomar—Cover
2011-2012
Watercolor and ink on pape
9 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches; 24 x 19 cm

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Shi Zhiying, The Infinite Lawn, 2012

Shi Zhiying has become well known in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas — open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass, facades of weathered ancient structures— that flood the viewer’s field of vision. Her fluent observational painting embodies, and promotes intense reflections on individuality and the passage of time. “Some things haven’t changed, from the distant past all the way to the present and the future,” the artist states. “They are things which everyone possesses.”

 

Often times inspired by the artist’s travels in China, Cambodia and India, her chosen subjects have been softened by hands and the environment, and riven with the small surface imperfections of age. Her monumental paintings of eroded carved stone capture an immeasurably slow but consistent transfer between physical presence, flatness and nothingness.

 

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Shi Zhiying, City in the Sky, 2013

For The Relics, her first exhibition in the United States at James Cohan Gallery in June 2013, Zhiying expanded upon these ideas debuting large-scale paintings of decorative and religious relief carvings and intimate portraits of antique vessels that illuminate the spirit of the imagery that has endured for hundreds of years. A complementary suite of paintings depicted isolated historical vessels suggests a collective cultural worth and the way meaning resonates through time. Ritual objects for domestic use such as reliquary boxes, chalices and bowls captured in lush black and white, cease to hold their original practical meaning as one now encounters them: behind glass, as artifacts in museums. Viewed out of context and through a modern lens, these once every day, functional objects have new significance. No longer useful, they contain a vacancy charged with past and present—an experience Zhiying believes is shared. “I wish to face things quietly, attentively” the artist has stated, “I treat painting [and objects] sincerely; I am communicating with them…” Her paintings turn these vessels into small monuments — monuments to usefulness and its reverse, emptiness, as well as the humanity we breathe into the objects of our world.

 

Born in Shanghai, 1979, Shi Zhiying graduated from the Oil Painting Department at the Shanghai University Fine Arts College. In 2009, the artist was the subject of a major solo exhibition entitled From The Pacific Ocean to the High Seas at the Ullens Center of Contemporary Art in Beijing. Her work has been featured in distinguished group exhibitions including Reactivation- the 9th Shanghai Biennale at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, N Minutes Video Art Festival, Shanghai, Decade of the Rabbit, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, and DAS ICH IM ANDEREN, Stiftung Mercator, Essen, in 2011; Double Act – 2010 Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Red Town Warehouse, Shanghai, and Centennial Celebration of Women in Art, Shanghai Art Museum, in 2010; and in solo exhibitions at James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, in 2012, and White Space, Beijing, in 2010 and 2013.

 

Zhiying was included in a group exhibition entitled, My Generation: Young Chinese Artists at the Tampa Museum of Art in 2014. Most recently in 2015, Zhiying had a solo exhibition entitled I Don’t Pretend to Understand the Universe at James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai. She currently lives and works in Shanghai.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
SHI ZHIYING
I Don't Pretend to Understand the Universe
June 13 - August 09, 2015
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Shi Zhiying
The Relics
June 20 - July 26, 2013
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
SHI ZHIYING: The Infinite Lawn
无垠的草坪——石至莹个展
May 26 - July 26, 2012
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
SELECTED WORKS
画廊艺术家作品联展
February 11 - 29, 2012
Shanghai
Press / Media
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"Shi Zhiying's Infinite Lawn" by Christopher Moore
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Museum Exhibition
We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art
January 26 - February 28, 2016
Middletown, Connecticut
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Jun 7 - Sept 28, 2014
Tampa, Florida
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Oct 2, 2012 - Mar 13, 2013
Shanghai, China
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Jul 25 - Aug 30, 2009
Beijing, China
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