I was impressed with the work of Shen Wei I saw this year at AIPAD.
Here is Shen’s artist statement about his series Between Blossoms.
Between Blossoms is inspired by my dreams of the unknown and by the mysteries that fascinate me.
And I find these fantasies hinted at in the reality that surrounds me; a touch of melodrama here, a hint of seduction there, that enhance the everyday with an exclusive, enchanting beauty.
My choice of these subjects reflects the passion for the unfamiliar and the fantastical, balanced with my preference for the natural and an optimistic perspective.
The blossoms in these pictures may be the beginning or end of their life, but either way they are about the mysterious magic of life that exists in between.
Here is Shen’s bio from his website:
Born and raised in Shanghai, Shen Wei is an artist based in New York City and Shanghai. His work has been exhibited internationally, with venues including the Museum of the City of New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, La Triennale di Milano, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Guardian, CNN, Aperture, ARTnews, American Photo, China Photo Press, and Wall Street Journal.
Shen Wei’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Library of Congress, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the Ringling Museum of Art, among others.
Shen Wei is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts Residency, the Asian Cultural Council Arts & Religion Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Grant. He holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; and a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
You can see more of Shen’s work here.
All images are copyright Shen Wei, courtesy of the artist and Flowers, London / New York.
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