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ruijun shen
updated: 02/21/2011
website: www.shen-ruijun.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Dropping mark.
detail of Dropping mark
detail of Dropping mark
detail of Dropping mark
detail of Dropping mark
The story happens on the other side of the mountain.
detail of the story happens on the other side of the mountain.
detail of the story happens on the other side of the mountain.
Escape
I step into your territory
I am just kidding.
Untitled
I am almost there.
The arrival of Happiness
 
 
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Dropping mark. by ruijun shen
Dropping mark.
ink, watercolor on tile
2010
3" x  157"  x 551" 
detail of Dropping mark by ruijun shen
detail of Dropping mark
ink, watercolor on tile
2010
3" x  157"  x 551" 
detail of Dropping mark by ruijun shen
detail of Dropping mark
ink, watercolor, on tile
2010
3" x  157"  x 551" 
detail of Dropping mark by ruijun shen
detail of Dropping mark
ink, watercolor, on tile
2010
3" x  157"  x 551" 
detail of Dropping mark by ruijun shen
detail of Dropping mark
ink, watercolor on tile
2010
3" x  157"  x 551" 
The story happens on the other side of the mountain. by ruijun shen
The story happens on the other side of the mountain.
transparent film, pen, glue
2008
48" x  36" 
detail of the story happens on the other side of the mountain. by ruijun shen
detail of the story happens on the other side of the mountain.
transparent film, pen, glue
2008
48" x  36" 
detail of the story happens on the other side of the mountain. by ruijun shen
detail of the story happens on the other side of the mountain.
transparent film, pen, glue
2008
48" x  36" 
Escape by ruijun shen
Escape
ink, tempera, watercolor, on silk
2009
24"" x  17"" 
I step into your territory by ruijun shen
I step into your territory
ink, tempera, watercolor, on silk
2009
24" x  17" 
I am just kidding.  by ruijun shen
I am just kidding.
ink, tempera, watercolor, on silk
2009
24" x  17" 
Untitled by ruijun shen
Untitled
ink, tempera, watercolor, on silk
2009
30" x  24" 
I am almost there. by ruijun shen
I am almost there.
ink, tempera, watercolor, on silk
2009
30" x  24" 
The arrival of Happiness by ruijun shen
The arrival of Happiness
ink, tempera on silk
2010
36" x  24"  x 5" 

Artist Statement
Influenced by Confucianism and Taoism in Chinese Philosophy, I believe in the natural course of things- everything is connected. It is hard to define an object or situation without connecting it to certain time and space where everything co-exists in relativity. The harmony exists under constantly changing conditions.

In my art, I try to look at the world as a process. I examine how the individuals exist and coexist within a constantly changing environment.

While sitting in a quiet environment, I use painting as a way of meditation, freeing my mind from everyday life and get into a fantasy world. I start by photographing a tree, insect, textile, collapsed building and sculptures. I draw and change these images again and again, using the photocopying machine to combine two or three sketches into one, turning the images upside down. I modify the shapes until I create a new creature, which is usually the result of a combination of human body, animal, and plant. These hybrid images indicate different readings, allowing viewers to interpret them in their own way and inviting their mind to travel into their own internal worlds.

In my installation, I create images based on the existing marks, which indicate the natural principle- being is constantly changing and growing from its origin.

I like to use transparent materials, by confusing the relationship between image and its shadow, figure and ground, positive and negative space; from which I blur the boundary between illusion and reality. The images are broken into fragments and then reintegrated to make a new image that remains unstable and even  awkward . The process of making a painting serves as a way of negotiating this tension. By arranging the density of marks, I suggest the pattern of life.

Artist Bio / CV

Education:
2007      MFA- Painting The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
2004      MFA – Painting Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
2000      BA.-Painting Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China

Solo Exhibitions:
2008           Linda Warrens Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006           Outrageous Look Gallery, NY                             2005           Tian Lai- Sounds from heaven, Shigeko Bork Mu Project, Washington, DC    
 
Group Exhibitions:
2009   Go OCT contemporary Art Terminal of He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen,China
2008   2D/3D negotiating Visual Languages, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China
2007    New Insight, Art Chicago 2007, Chicago, IL
            Diverse Visions, Walsh Gallery , Seton Hall University, NJ
2006    Joan Mitchell Award Recipient show, Cue Art Foundation, NY
            New Chinese Occidentalism, Ethan Cohen Gallery, NY        
2005    Illinois Women Artists 2005, Cage Gallery, Chicago
            Summer Show, Kraushaar Gallery, NY
            Goodbye Exclusive World: Meditations on Transience, Outrageous Look Gallery, NY
            Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition, Montclair Art Museum, NJ
2004    XS-The Mini Work, Tattfoo Gallery, NY
            Summer Show 2004, Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong
            Meat/ Young Blood- New Jersey’s New Masters, Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, NJ
            12& Under, Amos Eno Gallery, NY
            Krispy Juicy, White Box Annex Gallery, NY
2003    Works on Paper, Perkins Center for the Arts, NJ  
             Fourteen at 1978, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, NJ
2002    17th Asian International Art Exhibition, Korea
             New Urbanism, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
             Mark Vs Face, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
2001     South Engine Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gallery of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
2000     Guangdong Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art

Collections:
2002     “Face”-Unexpected Series, Guangdong Museum of Art, China.  
1999     Male Figure Drawing, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China.  

Awards:
2007    Art Omi Artist in residency, NY
           Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship
           Camargo Foundation, France
2006   I-Park artist in residency , CT
2004    Joan Mitchell Foundation
2003    Graduate Student Citation Award for the School of the Art, MSU.

Lecture:
2007        Seton Hall University, NJ

Review:
2005          Washington Post, Thursday, Oct.20,