Johnsonese Gallery LLC
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2149 W. Armitage
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Contact: Christopher D. Johnson
Shencheng Xu Retrospective Sep 8 – Oct 6 at Chicago’s Johnsonese Gallery
Chicago, IL August 13, 2007 – The Johnsonese Gallery is pleased to announce a retrospective of ten years of sculpture made-in-America by Chinese artist Shencheng Xu from September 8 thru October 6, 2007. Xu completed over a dozen monumental works in China before arriving in the US. Incorporating figurative art in the contemporary age is his passion. Xu currently teaches at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Many Chicagoans are familiar with Xu’s work because for four years running he has been selected for the Lincoln Park Community Art Initiative. Several of his past winning works from this public sculpture competition will be included in our gallery show. The show will also include installations designed specifically for our gallery space as well as smaller, pedestal-sized sculptures. An opening reception for our Shencheng Xu Retrospective will be held on Saturday September 8th from 6 to 10 pm.
Xu’s work has stayed true to his roots as a classically trained Chinese sculptor. Yet you can further see the evolution of his work as an immigrant outsider in America and also as a parent. Xu uses a variety of organic and synthetic materials for his sculptures, while employing traditional techniques to address contemporary issues. The work has been described as anthropomorphic, polymorphic, and chimerical. His trademark is a ‘universal’ face, which may be interpreted as any or all races, ages and sexes. Nearly all of works incorporate this face.
Shencheng Xu received his MFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art's Rinehart School of Sculpture in 2001. That same year, he received the "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award" from the International Sculpture Center. Xu earned a BFA in Sculpture from China’s Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions both in United States and in China. His artworks have been published in "Sculpture" and several other art periodicals.
Together the artist and the gallery will be publishing a book of Xu’s work since his migration to America. The book will be released at the show opening on Saturday September 8th from 6 to 10 pm. Gallery director Christopher Johnson said, “The goal of this show is to highlight ten years of evolution by one amazing artist, and also hopefully ten years of growing cultural links across the world.”
The Johnsonese Gallery, located at 2149 W. Armitage in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, specializes in progressive contemporary art. For further information, contact Christopher Johnson at 773.252.8750. High resolution digital mages are available by request from the gallery.
Gallery hours: Thurs. through Sat. 11 am to 6 pm, and by appointment