March 18, 2012
Multidisciplinary artist Beili Liu is a Chinese-American artist who has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe and China. Liu’s upcoming solo exhibition will be held at Hua Gallery, London, UK, from March 22 through May 31, 2012. The London installation, entitled Lure/London, will be a new site-responsive composition of Liu’s Lure Installation Series. Two Dimensional works that will also be featured include Liu’s “process drawings”—Incense Drawings, a new Wind Drawing series, and graphite works.
Liu’s Lure Installation Series have received numerous critical reviews from prominent publications.
Chris Moore from Saatchi Online Review, UK praised the work as an “intensely sensual exhibition about transformation, memory and their relations” and that the exhibit was “captivating precisely because of its lightness.”
Janos Gereben The San Francisco Examiner referred to the work as a “legend made visible”… and “a remarkably original installation.” Janet Koplos from Art in America commended Liu’s works for being “materially simple but metaphorically rich.”
Beili has also exhibited at the Norwegian National Art and Culture Center; National Art Museum, Lithuania; Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai; Galerie an der Pinakothek de Modern, Munich; Onoma Foundation Granary Gallery, Finland; Hå Gamle Prestegard; Asia Unlimited Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Nordisk Kunst Plattform, Brusand, Norway; Hua Gallery, London; and the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco. Liu has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, the Austin Museum of Art, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids Museum of Art and the Kaunas Biennale—a survey of international contemporary fiber art.
Beili Liu's time and process-based installations explore subjects of cultural specificity and overlaps, transient or persistent energy, and conflicting and confluent forces. Beili uses simple materials and compounds such as thread, paper, incense, wood, salt, and water as the vehicles by which she hand crafts microcosms of fragility and poignancy...Seven Irvin from Buzzine said, “The incendiary work of Cai Guo-Qiang…comes to mind as Liu prefaces in her artist statement: ‘My work depends on a genuine connection to the material.’ … there is a relative and prominent parallel between each artist’s gaze on the collective, multiple content artwork and the almost mundane, everyday material that makes them…”
Alex Codlin from Women and Their Work Gallery (valued Liu’s 2011 installation and performance work, The Mending Project as “a historical parallel to Yoko Ono’s seminal work Cut Piece. Ono’s Cut Piece has been interpreted as a landmark feminist work of art, which addressed issues of anger and violence against the gendered body of a woman...She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as the Norwegian National Art and Culture center; National Art Museum, Lithuania; Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai; Galerie an der Pinakothek de Modern, Munich; Onoma Foundation Granary gallery, Finland; Hå Gamle Prestegard; Asia Unlimited Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Nordisk Kunst Plattform, Brusand, Norway; Hua Gallery, London; and the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco. Liu has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, the Austin Museum of Art, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids Museum of Art and the Kaunas Biennale—a survey of international cotemporary fiber art.
Beili Liu’s work has received critical reviews in Art in America, Sacchi Review, UK, Helsinki Sanomat News, Finland, Stavanger News, Norway, China Daily, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Ceramic Art And Perception (Technical), Australia, San Francisco Chronicle, Art Slant Los Angeles, Buffalo News, and Detroit Metro Times, among many others.
Beili Liu’s work can be described as installation art, sculpture, mixed-media art, conceptual art, Asian art, contemporary art, Chinese contemporary art, cross-cultural, site-specific art, site-responsive art, time-based art, hand crafted art, craft, labor intensive, process-based art, minimalism, post minimalism, textile art, fiber art, women artist, Feminism, thread art, or performance art. Beili Liu, who has spent half her life in China and half in America, deftly synthesizes materials and processes to produce contemplative works with a contemporary, international sensibility.
Beili Liu has received awards and prizes including artist fellowships at Art Farm, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Fiskars Onoma Foundation Artist Residency, Finland, and Fundación Valparaíso, Spain. Sacchi Review, UK named her solo exhibition In Between one of the “Top Ten Exhibitions in Shanghai” in 2009. She received the San Francisco Major’s Award for her contribution to cultural exchange in 2008. Liu received the 3rd Prize during the ArtPrize Competition in 2009 Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2011, Beili Liu received a Distinction award at the Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania.
Beili Liu received her MFA in Mixed Media from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an associate professor of art at the University of Texas in Austin. Liu works and lives in Austin, Texas.
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