Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to present Nocturnes, an exhibition of paintings and video by Xiaoze Xie.
For his new body of work, Xiaoze Xie focuses on observations of daily life, in particular, night scenes. Fascinated by
nighttime and the quiet drama of everyday life, Xie presents theatrical light, stage-like spaces, and ambiguous
atmosphere and mood in a series of paintings and a new video. The subjects in Nocturnes expand on Xie’s long-standing
interest in the exploration of social reality and history. Stylistically, the new works resonate with his earlier works,
evoking a melancholic, poetic quality as he captures the subtle color variations found in the low light of the evening hours.
From carefully composed compositions captured with a sophisticated camera to simple snapshots taken with his iPhone,
Xie’s paintings and video poetically imply some kind of social condition while documenting transition and transformation
in China and other places he has traveled to. The scenes of everyday life in cities and on the edges between urban spaces
and the countryside are at once familiar and strange, betraying economic and social contexts yet presenting a
compassionate, sensitive perspective. The Nocturnes paintings, such as On the Sidewalk (Guangzhou) (2016) and June 4,
2000 Shantou (The Night Watch) (2008), also serve as a kind of timeline because the works are based on the accumulation
of observations made during multiple visits over the course of nearly twenty years. A curious observer, Xie uses every
means to constantly observe and document everyday life in still or moving images, including 35mm and medium format
film cameras, Hi8 home camcorder, mini-DV digital camcorder, 5D Mark II, and, very often, an iPhone in his pocket. In
his video work, the grains and varied image resolutions indicate the evolution of media and technology over the years.
The video, Night Wanderer (2017), is a dreamlike, non-narrative montage of scenes of daily life, based on footage shot
from 2000 to 2017 during Xie’s travels to China, including his home province of Guangdong. Street food stands, hair
salons, demolished night clubs, late night welders, amorphous, chanting crowds, and lonely wanderers are juxtaposed to
create a fleeting stream of memories and consciousness.
Xiaoze Xie was born in 1966 in Guangdong, China and emigrated from the People’s Republic of China in 1992. His work
has been widely exhibited in the U.S., Europe, and China and is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of
Fine Arts Houston, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Oakland Museum of California. Xie is a
recipient of the Academic Award in Painting, The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing, P. R. China (2016), the
Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2013), and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2003).
Xie is the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford University.
This exhibition runs concurrently with Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie at the Denver Art Museum, December 3, 2017 - July 8, 2018.
A public lecture will be given at the museum on November 29, 2017.
Nocturnes will take place at Minnesota Street Project in the Dogpatch arts district of San Francisco.