Saturday, July 25, 2009

Portrait of Youth

Installtion view of Portrait of Youth @ J&Z Gallery

Some portraits from Almost Naked are included in a group show Portrait of Youth at J&Z Gallery in Shenzhen.

The exhibition is curated by Azure Wu from the ArtChina Magazine, other artists in the show are Meng Yangyang, Tseng Yu-Chin and Zhang Ding.

The exhibition will be on view through August 23, 2009.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Noodle Soup

Noodle Soup, Xi'an, Shannxi Province. 2009 © Shen Wei

One afternoon, I stopped at a noodle shop while I am traveling in the city of Xi'an. The shop looked very shabby, dark, and that's where the good noodles are normally come out of. I ordered egg noodle in a hot & sour broth to go. Surprisingly, the noodle soup was served in a clear plastic bag. I left it on my window counter for a while and wonder how I am going to eat it without a bowl. More I looked at it, more adorable it appears to be and I became more hungry. Eventually I ate it after a quick picture moment. I ate it right out of the plastic bag. It was definitely a challenge, but well worth it, the noodle was absolutely delicious. My attempt of drinking the soup was unsuccessful, which is a little pity.

Anyway, my project Chinese Sentiment is updated, add some new pictures, please check it out.

Project 5

Amador Gallery, ClampArt, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Foley Gallery and Sasha Wolf Gallery are proud to announce their collaboration on a series of projects.

This unique cooperation between gallerists has grown from years of friendships and shared ambitions in the photography market. Reaching out to one another to create these new initiatives seemed like the next step for these 5 to collectively grow their shared ideals while maintaining their own distinguished programming.

The galleries, referred to here as, Project 5, will begin their collaboration with a portfolio of 5 images by 5 artists, one from each of the participating Project 5 galleries to be released on September 15. All images will be unique to the portfolio—made specifically by the participating artists for this project. The artists included are: Olaf Otto Becker from Amador, Jill Greenberg from ClampArt, Stuart O'Sullivan from Daniel Cooney, Thomas Allen from Foley Gallery and Guido Castagnoli. The portfolios will be released in an edition of 30, priced with new collectors in mind at $2500. Each print will be signed and numbered by the artist and the portfolio will be enclosed in a custom made clothbound case. The portfolio offers collectors the unique opportunity of starting a relationship with five different artists and galleries at the same time.

Additionally, Project 5 is introducing a series of Portfolio Reviews for artists who feel they would benefit from the valuable input of these gallerists' expertise. The first Portfolio review will be Sunday, September 20th. Project 5 asks that artists send ten jpgs to for consideration. Artists can contact any of the participating galleries for more information.

Another exciting collaboration will be a monthly series of Artist's Salons that will alternate between Project 5's galleries. The first Salon will be held at Daniel Cooney Fine Art on Saturday, September 26th at 3:00 p.m. and will feature four emerging artists presenting their latest bodies of work for a half hour each. Participating artists are Timothy Briner, Yola Monakhov, Jessica Dimmock, and Cara Phillips.

Please contact any of the Project 5 galleries for more information.
Amador Gallery 212 759 6740
ClampArt 646 230 0020
Cooney Fine Art 212 255 8158
Foley Gallery 212 244 9081
Sasha Wolf Gallery 212 925 0025

Guidelines for applying to Project 5’s Portfolio Review
Date of Review: Sunday, September 20th

Project 5 is proud to announce our first group Portfolio Review in New York City. Project 5 is a unique collaboration between Amador Gallery, ClampArt, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Foley Gallery and Sasha Wolf Gallery that has grown out of years of friendship and shared ambitions in the photography market.

Project 5 hopes to foster a supportive environment for artists to receive constructive criticism and build an ongoing dialogue about their work with art world professionals. After the formal reviews conclude we will have a short one hour meet and greet so that all the artists and reviewers will have an opportunity to meet each other and share contacts, ideas, etc.

To apply for Project 5's Portfolio Review please send:
-A written description of your work
- A biography that outlines your education and professional experience.
- A link to your website, if you have one.
- 10 jpegs sent either in a zip file or attached to an email (or series of emails). The jpgs should be 100 dpi and 6 inches at the largest dimension.

Project 5's Portfolio Review will consist of three 20-minute reviews with three of Project 5's gallerists. Great consideration will be given to the matching of gallery owners and artists based on the strengths and experience of each.

Deadline for receipt of materials for this review will be September 6th and the artists will be notified of acceptance by September 9th. A $250 check made out to Project 5 will be due by September 12th.

Please direct any questions to or to any of the galleries involved. from Sasha Wolf Gallery.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Nude Orange Juice Drinker

Liao, Shanghai. 2009 © Shen Wei
Orange juice in China is not so much the "national juice" as in America. My generation grew up in China drinking water mix with sugar and a local Cola named Lucky. Even now there are too many choices of juices on the menu, orange seems to be the least popular. Watermelon juice is the orange juice in China, we stick with the national color! This guy who I have been asking for a photo session since January prefers an orange juice over a diet coke in a late afternoon in Shanghai. There is something so sensual about this movement of a glass of yellow liquid slipping into a naked body, both erotic and raw, almost transparent. The mattress was naked, too; something that I am always interested in.

Photograph nudes in China is a entirely different experience as in the US. People are extra cautious and nervous. It took me longer time to convince someone, especially a stranger to pose for me, full frontal is an extra work. In the Chinese Sentiment, I experiment the juxtaposition of these intimate bedroom portraits with the moody landscape and still life, intent to create a contrast between the public views and the private situation that perhaps only Chinese people can fully understand.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

June in China.

Black Swan, Xi'an, Shanxi Province. 2009 © Shen Wei

June is a moody month. It has already gotten very hot and humid in Shanghai. When I was younger, I remember it rains a lot from mid-May throughout the month of June. I was looking forward to shoot the city wet. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. One day, I decided to go to The Bund, and half way to the subway, I turned myself into an air-conditioned coffee shop and spent the rest afternoon watch the city steaming.

Friends ask me how I choose which city to photograph for my Chinese Sentiment project. Honestly, I don't really choose, I just randomly go. For me, the different location is not what this project is about, I want to show China in a most authentic way, strip away from its political and economic phenomenons, a simpler view of China, an idea that I can relate to my childhood memory. I go cities that I personally desire to, explore them with my instinct and be inspired by the different culture and people. When I look at my images, I don't see where I was, I feel the emotion that I had for the subject I photograph.

I consider it was very lucky of me that every city I went had rained. I particular like the city in the rain, for the freshness and the magical light. As much as I love Shanghai, you just can't feel that kinda freshness in Shanghai, for a few moments maybe, definitely not to compare a city like Guilin. It was also raining when I was photographing a young boxer in Hangzhou. The young man was surprisingly relaxed, half naked and innocent. I later let him keep my umbrella and then ran in a vicious storm as I waved down the taxi in the Shanghai Rail station. The rain always tastes a bit tart in Shanghai. I shared a cab with this young women. She was upset because she has just been dumped at the gay pride.