Lv Shanchuan uses images from the news to look into the connections between different social incidents and investigate the political and social ideologies that shape different relationships within today’s societies. Layer by layer, the artist reinterprets news of the past and present with thick paint on the canvases. When viewed up close, the paintings give a sense of chaos. Yet when the viewer steps back and looks at them from afar, there is remarkable reasoning and order behind all this apparent disorder, and this reasoning and order are the core drivers of the paintings.
Renowned Chinese art critic He Guiyan commented that Lv neither directly copies images from the news nor recreates them in a simple manner. On the contrary, he decodes and reorganises them, and in the process he shows his subjective views and, more importantly, isolates these visual images and recreates them into new social landscapes. In He’s views, “Lv in fact transformed the contents of the news images into certain kinds of spectacles, and scenes which deliver certain meanings in sociology terms.”
Lv Shanchuan (b.1969, Fujian, China) graduated from the department of Fine Art at the Fujian Normal University in 1992 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Central Academy of Fine Art in 1997. He taught at the Fujian Normal University from 1992 to 2009, and went to Germany on the Sino-German Cultural Exchange Scholarship for further studies in 2005. Lv has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows throughout China, Asia, Europe and the USA. He currently lives and works in Beijing.
Clips taken during the making of Lv Shanchuan’s painting “Mountain” in Lv’s Beijing studio. /
“News is only meaningful at its moment of occurrence…news incident disappears with the happening of the next one.” Through repetitive layering, Lv paints on the same canvas over the course of a year, one work every month. He is creating a transformation through the action of painting, conveying not only his attitude towards the incidents, but also a way of thinking on the artistic presence and mode of production.