Liu Jianhua 刘建华, ‘白纸 Blank Paper ’, 2012-2016, Qiao Space

Liu Jianhua (b.1962, Ji’an, China) began his career in 1977 by working in a porcelain sculpture studio. In 1985, he was admitted to the Fine Arts Department of the Jingdezhen Pottery & Porcelain College, majoring in Sculpture. Liu graduated in 1989 and went on to teach at the College of Fine Arts at the Yunnan Institute of the Arts. Since 2004, Liu has been a professor in the Sculpture Department of the Fine Arts School of Shanghai University. The artist currently lives and works in Shanghai, China. The artist’s work is included in the permanent collections of institutions including White Rabbit Gallery (Sydney, Australia), Tate Modern (London, Britain), V&A (London, Britain), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, USA), MOMA (New York, USA), Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Shanghai World Expo National Organizing Committee, Queensland Art Gallery (Australia), etc.

Image rights: Courtesy of LIU JIANHUA STUDIO / 版权归属 刘建华工作室


Venue: Qiao Space, Shanghai (2016)

Artist Statement: I have been working on the series of White Paper since 2009. In addition to explore the characteristics of materials and techniques, I take it as a perception of inner experience. When people encounter the form that seems blank and untraceable, they tend to write down the different feelings by heart…

About Liu Jianhua 刘建华

Liu Jianhua’s primary working materials are porcelain, artifacts, and waste products imported from foreign countries; he is drawn to these materials because of their cultural implications and material history. Liu worked at the Jingdezhen Pottery and Porcelain Sculpture Factory before formally studying sculpture—experiences that heavily influenced his earlier, more autobiographical small-scale sculptural works. Works from this time also featured found objects referencing specific periods of Chinese history. His later works take on global economic and social issues, particularly the wasteful by-products of manufacturing hubs and advanced consumer cultures. His 2006 installation Yiwu Investigation was the first of several featuring an overwhelming amount of detritus from an industrial center.

Chinese, b. 1962, Ji'an, Jianxi province, China, based in Shanghai, China