Qiu Ruixiang's first solo museum exhibition "Groping in the Dark" brings together almost 50 oil paintings and works on paper created since 2014. Some of the paper works can be understood as preparatory pieces for the oil paintings, but it is often the case that canvas paintings precede the final work on paper. The exhibition reflects the way in which the artist thinks through painting, and offering a subtle exploration of his day-to-day working process. Qiu Ruixiang will discuss why we may understand his creative spirit as groping in the dark to arrive at his consistently ambiguous style of painting.
Qiu Ruixiang was born in Shaanxi in 1980. He graduated from Oil Painting Department of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in 2003. Currently, he lives and works in Xi'an. His work has been the subject of three solo exhibitions in Platform China Contemporary Art Institute: "Qiu Ruixiang: Rabbit, Den and Barn", 2017; "Qiu Ruixiang Solo Exhibition", 2015; "Portrait of Self", 2014; "Untitled", Fun Art Space, Beijing. "Groping in the Dark" is Qiu Ruixiang's first museum show.