Liu Fei 刘菲

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Mechanical Fairytale
Liu Fei opens a window through her painting, allowing us to have a peek into a corner of her personal world, which is isolated from the dimension of reality.

The active machinery in the image is personalised as artificial consciousness. Some are joyful, some timid, some phlegmatic, and some sentimental. Each lives in a fictional but authentic detailed narrative. Her works are like oral traditions, they make us forget the intricate rhetoric, “using the cold machinery as a metaphor for the existence of life.” However due to the very nature of a man-made object, the cold and hard metal shell exposed its vulnerable and impotent state of being instead, unable to control its own fate, or propagate. Since the era of mechanical mass production, machinery has gained attention for its practical value under human’s gaze, and it has also been abandoned due to the advanced technologies.

Liu Fei, who is born in China during the rapidly transforming 80’s, her growing path shares this commonness with many youths of her generation. she develops this unique association with machinery. Her works defer from the peer’s of the same time. They are not just simple expressions of imagery, consumerism and emotion, but the product of her caring for society, life, difficulty and hope.

活跃在画面中的机械被人格化为人造意识体,它们或开怀、或胆怯、或冷漠、或伤感,生活在每一个虚构却真实的具体情节中。她的作品如同一段口述童话,让我们忘却这是一段曲折的修辞,“用冰冷的机器暗喻生命的存在”。然而冷酷坚硬的金属外壳因其作为人造物,反而显露出命运不可逆,繁衍不自主,脆弱无奈的生存状态。自大机器生产时代后,机械在人类的主观视线中因其实用价值而被注视,又因技术进步而被抛弃。

刘菲作为80年代出生在迅速变革期的中国,她的成长经历有同时代青年人的共性,也有对于机械的情有独钟,她的作品区别于同时期艺术家对于图像、消费和小情感的单纯表达,是关照社会与生命、困境与希冀的产物。

背景 (Background)
1983年

- Born in Henan Province, China

2006 毕业于四川美术学院油画系一工作室
Graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing, China

2007 选修四川美术学院油画系硕士学位
Further studies Master Degree in Oil Painting from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing, China

2010 被选到瑞士苏黎世艺术大学 Master of Fine Arts 进修
Attended Master of Fine Arts in University of Zurich, Switzerland. (Lecturer Prof. Thomas Müllenbach)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010年
-“金属制造”刘菲个展,北京,798红鼎,中国
“Made by Steel”- Liu Fei Solo Show, Someo Fine Arts 798, Beijing, China


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013年
-《AFF Hong Kong 2013》, Y2ARTS,香港
“AAF Hong Kong 2012”, Y2ARTS, Hong Kong

2012年
-《黄桷坪新年艺术节》 501当代美术馆
“Huangjiaoping New Year Art Festival”, 501 Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing

-《AFF Singapore 2012》, Y2ARTS,新加坡
“AAF Singapore 2012”, Y2ARTS, Singapore

2011年
-《黄桷坪新年艺术节》重庆
Huangjueping Arts Festival, Chongqing

-《薪火2011》优秀青年艺术家美展
“Xinhuo 2011” Young Artist Art Exhibition, China

-《蜕变-重构》杨鹏,刘菲作品展 卓越艺术空间
“Disintegration-Reconstruction”, Yang Peng and Liu Fei Works Exhibition, JoyArt, 798 Art Zone, Beijing

-《执着》青年艺术家邀请展, 新加坡
″Persistent″, by Y2ARTS at ION Art Gallery, Singapore

-《马来西亚国际艺术博览会》 吉隆坡外贸大厦会展中心
″Art Expo Malaysia 2011″, MATRADE, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

-《释放/炫彩》-当代艺术邀请展,青岛红都画廊
Release & Color-Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Hongdu Art, Qingdao, Shandong

首届颜文梁艺术奖—苏州美术馆年度邀请展 苏州美术馆
The First Art Award of Yan Wenliang-Suzhou Art Museum Annual Invitational Exhibition, Suzhou Art Museum, Jiangsu

-《重庆艺术机构馆藏精品联展》,重庆国际会展中心会议中心
Chongqing Art Institutions Selected Collections Joint Exhibition, CQ International Convention & Exhibition Center, Chongqing

2010年
-《焰》 重庆市女性艺术家书画大展
“Flame”, Women Artists Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition in Chongqing

-《孪生》 四川美术学院院年展
“Twins”, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

-《那一个夏天II》 四川美术学院油画系年展
“The summer II”, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

-《穿越那堵看不见的墙》---四川美术学院2010年毕业生作品展
“Passing Through the Invisible Wall” - 2010 Undergraduate and Graduate Graduating Exhibition of Oil Painting Department at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Sichuan

-《中法艺术交流展》 巴黎
Art Exchange Exhibition, Paris

2009年
- 四川美术学院油画系年展 《那一个夏天》获三等奖
"It's a summer," Annual Exhibition of the Oil Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, China

- 四川美术学院研究生年展
Graduate Exhibition of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, China

-“谁动了艺术史”YCA第一回展 上海顶层
"Who Moved Art History" YCA Exhibition Part l, Dinceng Space, Shanghai, China

-《第十一届全美展重庆地区选送作品展》
Works Selection Exhibition of Chongqing District for The Eleventh National Exhibition, Chongqing, China

-《Green》当代艺术展 中艺博 北京
"Green" contemporary art exhibition Beijing

-《她世界》当代艺术展, 江山美术馆
“Her World” Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jiangshan Gallery

-《我不说话》 上海艺博会
“No talk”, Shanghai Art Fair

2008年
-《青花瓷》、《超级美味》 中国重庆108艺术空间“她世界”女性艺术家联 展。
"Blue and White Porcelain", "Super Delicious" , "the World of SHE" Women Artists Group Exhibition. One Hundred And Eight Art Space, Chongqing, China

-《clean!clean!clean!》系列 四川美术学院院年展,获研究生奖
"Clean! clean! clean! ", Annual Exhibition of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, China

-“川画观2008”川美新锐油画创作联展 杭州
"View of Sichuan Paintings 2008", Creation Exhibition of the New Upcoming Artists from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China

-“更当代”女性艺术家联展 香港大礼堂
"More contemporary" - Female Artists Exhibition, Hong Kong Auditorium, Hong Kong

-“更当代”展览 上海
"More contemporary", Shanghai, China

- 西南地区美术院校研究生美术作品展 优秀奖
Master Graduates Art Exhibition of Southwest Art Colleges, China

-“梦旅人” 坦克库•重庆当代艺术中心
"Picnic" , Tank Library • Contemporary Art Center, Chongqing, China

-“重庆市研究生美术作品联展”
Fine Art Exhibition of Chongqing Master Graduates, Chongqing, China

2007年
-《栖居》今日美术馆2007年度提名展,被美术馆收藏
“Living space” were selected in the Annual Nomination Exhibition of Today Art Museum and collected by the Museum, assigned in Tank Loft Chongqing Contemporary Art Centre

-《界限》 四川美术学院2007年年展
“Limits” Annual Exhibition 2007 of the Oil Painting Department, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

-《孕育》四川美术学院美术馆收藏
“Breed” collected by Oil Painting Department library, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

-《礼物》 四川美术学院与广州美术学院联展
“Presents” Exhibition of  Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and Guangzhou Fine Arts Institute

2006年
-《天空下的宠物》系列(四张)重庆美术馆毕业展览,获得毕业作品展优秀奖
“The Pet” Series (4 pieces) were selected to the exhibition of graduate student of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute at Chongqing Art Museum, and won the Excellent Prize

-《橘》、《过程中的可能性》 何香凝美术馆"新视觉"06--第三届全国美术院校油画专业应届毕业生优秀作品展"
“Orange” and “Possibility in the process” were selected in the “New Vision”06 - The Third National Oil Painting Exhibition of Graduate Students of Fine Arts Schools, and collected by the He Xiang Ning Art Museum

Works

《老烟枪》"Heavy Chain smoker", Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 80cm, 2011
《皇帝的新衣》"The Emperor's New Clothes", Oil on Canvas, 95cm x 75cm, 2011
《留守》"Left Behind", Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 80cm, 2011
《新生儿》"New Born", Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 80cm, 2011
《你依然是我的宝贝》"You will always be my baby", Oil on Canvas, 120cm x 90cm, 2011
《心术》"Intention", Oil on Canvas, 145cm x 110cm, 2011
《言和》"Make Peace", Oil on Canvas, 140cm x 100cm, 2011
《保持空气清新的最后一招》"Last resort to keep the air fresh", Oil on Canvas, 150cm x 110cm, 2011
《转基因》"Genetic Modification", Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm, 2011
《上镜率》"Appearance Rate", Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm, 2011
《窝居》"Living in the Nest", Oil on Canvas, 140x150cm, 2010
《第一日》 "The First Day", Oil on Canvas, 140x180cm, 2010