SHAO WENHUAN - BREAKTHROUGH
Shao Wenhuan’s work cannot be described simply as photography, painting or mixed media. Using temporality as a key, he looks for a match in the artistic emotional experience and the changes within possibilities. He works in complex, layered processes – grappling, building up and tearing down – threading materials together by a sense of time.One layer of temporality comes from Shao Wenhuan’s three venues of creation: the camera, the dark room, the studio. With the camera, he captures slices of time. The dark room is his laboratory, where he contemplates different media and paves the way for the unexpected. Then he moves into the studio to wield the tool of disruption – painting – on images from the camera.Another lurks between the works, sharing a link with historical Chineseness or displaying opposing temporal understanding. Meanwhile, his recent works show an intensified painterly disruption as well as a more obvious intervention of time. The layering of hundreds of photographs breaks down the medium’s singular picture plane, bringing the interaction between photography and painting into a more wondrous state.