Xia Hang
China 1978

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Xia Hang was born in 1978 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. He started painting when he was just 10 years old and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts before going on to do a Master of Fine Arts within the sculpture department of China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts.  

 

It was during his studies that Xia Hang created a cluster of comma-shaped men in mirror-polished stainless steel and these laid down the blueprint for what would become his signature, alien-like sculptures. “Commas do exist in Chinese writing,” he says. “For me, my ‘comma man’ represents a chubby little boy.” Xia Hang does his best efforts to subvert the established definition of ‘sculpture’ – a term usually connoting a static quality – by offering multiple possibilities for the extension of the creation’s form. Indeed, Xia Hang believes his sculptures should be considered like toys. He wants people to touch his art, to play with it.    

 

Highlighting this philosophy, Hang’s 2008 Beijing exhibition was called “Please No Touch”, with the “No” crossed out. It was an expression of his frustration with the golden rule of most museums and galleries around the globe. He says: “When I see an exhibition of artworks, there is always a little sign in the corner saying: ‘Please don’t touch’. I feel this sign generates a distance between the artwork and the audience. My purpose is to bring art closer to us, to create toys as sculptures, and sculptures as toys. I love various types of games and toys, and these are the source of my inspiration for my sculptures.” Since he began sculpting, Xia Hang has had an affinity for steel, attracted to it by its strength and high polish. He explains: “Perhaps I am drawn to the shine of metal and its durability. Metal is much stronger than stone or wood, yet it is still very malleable. I think that the changeable dynamics of metal are similar to the characteristics of humans.”

 

A master sculptor, Xia Hang has always been fascinated by the medium of steel, attracted by its brilliant shine, strength and durability.  

 

It was during his studies that Xia Hang created a cluster of comma-shaped men in mirror-polished stainless steel and these laid down the blueprint for what would become his signature, alien-like sculptures.  

 

Remarkable collaborative projects including:  

i) Commissioned by Swiss watch maker Maximilian Busser (MB&F) in 2014 to make the Legacy Machine LM1 Xia Hang Performance Art Watch, a limited edition of 12 pieces each in red gold white gold and named after Xia Hang. Retail price US$107,000;  

 

ii) “On Sharks and Humanity" Global Art Exhibition (Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Moscow, Monaco);

 

iii) “Memory Tree” the commissioned sculpture by Australia-based TWT Property Group, which will be located on a new laneway as part of TWT’s NewLife Darling Harbour development in the Ultimo neighbourhood. Memory Tree is scheduled to be unveiled to the public in 2019.

 

Xia Hang has exhibited extensively in China, as well as Art Basel Miami (2009), Singapore, Moscow, ART Taipei 2009, ART Singapore 2008, Art Expo Malaysia (2018), Bondi Sculptures by the Sea (2017), etc. He has had four solo shows, with two works in this series acquired by White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney.  

 

Educations and Background  

1978  

Born in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China

出生於中國遼寧省瀋陽  

 

2002  

BFA graduated from the Sculpture Department of Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts     

畢業於魯迅美術學院雕塑系 獲學士學位  

 

2009  

MFA graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts     

畢業於中央美術學院雕塑系獲碩士學位   

 

Currently works and lives in Beijing  

現工作生活於北京

 

Solo Exhibitions    

2016  

“Sleep Walker” - Xia Hang Solo Exhibition, M.A.D.Gallery, Dubai     

"夢遊者” 夏航個展, 迪拜 M.A.D.美術館開幕     

 

“Whisperer” – 2016 Xia Hang Solo Exhibition, Parkview Green Art, Beijing, China     

“低語者” 夏航個展, 中國北京芳草地畫廊  

 

2010  

“Play & Fun”- Xia Hang Solo Exhibition, J Art Gallery, Shanghai, China     

“玩趣” 夏航個展, 中國上海傑·藝術畫廊  

 

2008  

"Please No Touch"- Xia Hang Solo Exhibition, New Age Gallery, Beijing, China

“請勿觸摸” 夏航個展, 中國北京新時代畫廊  

 

Group Exhibitions 

2019  

Art Beijing 2019, Beijing, China     

藝術北京2019, 中國北京  

 

2018  

Art Expo Malaysia 2018, MECC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia     

2018馬來西亞藝博會當代藝術展,馬來西亞吉隆坡 

 

"Moving Fantasy" Automobile and Contemporary Art, Shanghai Auto Museum, Shanghai, China     

“移動的狂想-汽車與當代藝術”特展,中國上海汽車博物館  

 

2017  

"Bondi : Sculptures by the Sea" Exhibition, Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia     

澳大利亚海岸雕塑展, 澳大利亞新南威爾斯邦代海灘     

 

"On Sharks and Humanity" Global Art Exhibition, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong

“鯊魚與人類” 藝術巡迴展, 香港海事博物館     

 

"On Sharks and Humanity" Global Art Exhibition, Parkview Square Museum, Singapore

“鯊魚與人類” 藝術巡迴展, 新加坡 僑福當代美術館  

 

2015  

"Parkview·Blue", Beijing, China

“芳草地·藍藝術邀請展”, 中國北京

 

"On Sharks and Humanity" Global Art Exhibition, National Museum of China, Beijing, China

“鯊魚與人類” 藝術巡迴展, 中國北京中國國家博物館

 

"Spiritual Field", Parkview Green Art, Taipei, Taiwan

“氣場展”, 台灣台北僑福芳草地畫廊

 

"NEO-ORDER", Ying art center, Shanghai, China

“新·秩·序”, 中國上海盈藝術中心     

 

"On Sharks & Humanity" Global Art Exhibition, Ekaterina cultural foundation, Moscow, Russia     

“鯊魚與人類”藝術巡迴展, 俄羅斯莫斯科葉卡捷琳娜基金會     

 

Art Beijing 2015, Parkview Green Art, Beijing, China 

2015年藝術北京, 中國北京芳草地畫廊 

 

2014  

“Lesser Logic -Linguistic Encoding and Discursive Expression in Contemporary Art” The Theme Exhibition Of PVG Art Festival 2014, Beijing, China

“小邏輯 - 當代藝術的語言編碼與話語表述”2014芳草地藝術節, 中國北京     

 

Art Beijing 2014, Parkview Green Art, Beijing, China     

2014藝術北京, 中國北京芳草地畫廊  

 

2013  

"On Sharks and Humanity" Global Art Exhibition, Monaco Oceanographic Museum, Monte Carlo, Monaco

“鯊魚與人類”藝術巡迴展, 摩納哥蒙特卡 羅摩納哥海洋博物館

 

"The Portrait of Space" Parkview Green Art Festival, Parkview Green Art, Beijing, China

“空間的肖像” 芳草地藝術節, 中國北京僑福芳草地

 

2013 China Sculpture Almanac Exhibition, National Centre for the Performing Arts, China

2013中國雕塑年鑑展, 中國國家大劇院  

 

2012  

Art Beijing 2012, National Agriculture Exhibition Center, China 

2012藝術北京, 中國全國農業展覽館  

 

2011  

Art Taipei 2011, Taiwan     

2011 台北國際藝術博覽會, 台灣  

 

2010  

"Passing" Contemporary Young Artists Exhibition, Wuhan Best Art Space, Hubei, China

“穿行者” 當代青年藝術家公共藝術推介展, 中國湖北武漢百家藝術空間

 

Art Taipei 2010, Taiwan 

2010 台北國際藝術博覽會, 台灣     

 

China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE), Beijing, China     

中國國際畫廊博覽會, 中國北京     

 

"New Language in Sculptures" Sculptors Born After the Year 1970 Group Exhibition, New Age Gallery, Beijing, China     

“塑·說新語” 70後雕塑家群展, 中國北京新時代畫廊 

 

2009  

"Blank3: Making Life", Medium Art Center, Beijing, China     

“空白展3-製造生活”, 中國北京中間藝術館     

 

Art Taipei 2009, Taiwan     

2009 台北國際藝術博覽會, 台灣     

 

"Playing and Making Arts" 2008 Beijing 798 Art Festival, 798 Art District, Beijing, China

“玩,做藝術” 2009年北京798藝術節,中國北京798藝術區

 

"City Front", Exhibition Hall of the China World Trade Center, Beijing, China     

“城市領袖”, 中國北京中國國際貿易中心展廳     

 

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, U.S.A     

邁阿密巴塞爾藝術博覽會, 美國邁阿密     

 

"Now-Future", New Age Gallery, Beijing, China    

“Now-Future”, 中國北京新時代畫廊     

 

The China Impetus (CISAE2009), Beijing International sculpture Art District, Beijing, China

中國動力:2009年中國國際雕塑年鑑展, 中國北京國際雕塑藝術區     

 

China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE), Beijing, China     

中國國際畫廊博覽會, 中國北京  

 

2008  

Art Singapore2008 The Contemporary Asian Art Fair, Suntec, Singapore     

新加坡國際藝術博覽會, 新加坡新達城     

 

"LOFT" Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, 2008 Beijing 798 Art Festival, 798 Art District, Beijing, China     

“LOFT“戶外雕塑展, 2008北京798藝術節, 中國北京798藝術區     

 

"Declaration of the Only Child", New Age Gallery, Beijing, China 

“獨生宣言”, 中國北京新時代畫廊  

 

"Opening" Summer Group Show, Aura Gallery, Beijing, China     

“開放” 夏季群展, 中國北京亦安畫廊     

 

"New Age, New Blending" New Generation Chinese and Indonesian Artists Exchange      Exhibition, New Age Gallery, Beijing, China     

“新時代·新交融” 中國\印度尼西亞新一代藝術家交流展, 中國北京新時代畫廊     

 

Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia 

Edwin's Gallery, 印度尼西亞雅加達     

 

"The Age of Innovation, Being Persistent", New Age Gallery, Beijing, China     

“創新世代·各執已見”, 中國北京新時代畫廊  

 

2007  

"Image-Nation" New Generation Art in China, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai & Beijing China

“妄想國”中國新生代藝術, 中國北     京、上海對比窗藝廊          

 

"New Age, Different Manifesto", China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing     

“新時代·異宣言”, 中國北京中國國際畫廊博覽會     

 

"The Age of Pluralism, Being Persistent", New Age Gallery, Beijing, China     

“多元世代·固執己見”, 中國北京新時代畫廊