For her first solo exhibition in New York, Fei Li fills the gallery space with major ink drawings based on landscapes from New York, Scotland, China and France, where she participated in artist residencies during the past two years. Li’s current effort engages a continuous exploration of the artist’s relationship with visual reality - an unending concern throughout the history of art. The process involves working with observation, resulting in relentless revisions and adjustments on paper, as well as inward looking in the studio, responding to the daily necessity to express the artist’s feeling. Li purposefully and actively uses a small brush on large-scale surfaces to reflect the forces experienced in the complex and elusive process of recording the artist’s visual existence.
Art-making experiments will replace the opening and closing receptions in the form of a performance titled Entanglement. The artist will focus on visual language in communication with audiences. The performance itself is an open drawing process, which is similar to that when the artist works in public spaces like parks, gardens, or museums -- the dancer as subject matter to the artist and the artist as a mobile stage for the dancer.
Fei Li is a Chinese-born artist lives and works in New York. She studied with Lon Clark at the San Francisco Studio School and moved to New York in 2012. Li's works have been shown internationally in museums and galleries, including New Britain Museum of American Art in USA, Museum of Abbaye de Léhon in France, Asian Culture Center in South Korea and Chinese European Art Center in China. She is also the 2016 awardee of Queens Arts Fund New Works Grant funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.