SILENT LETTER|Johannes Nielsen

Exhibition duration: 2018.10.06(Sat.) - 2018.11.04(Sun.)

Ying Gallery is proud to announce the new exhibition, Silent Letter 沉默的字符, featuring Johannes Nielsen. The exhibition opens on October 6, 2018, Saturday, with opening reception from 3PM to 6PM, at Ying Gallery, Cao Chang Di, Beijing. This marks the occasion of his first solo exhibition in China, showcasing his recent sculptural and drawing works.

The exhibition presents ten recent sculptures and five drawing pieces from the tireless labor of Johannes. Titled Silent Letter, it borrows meaning from the alphabetic writing system where certain letters do not correspond to any sound in the word's pronunciation, and draws on the parallel between what is immediately apparent, i.e. the sculptural forms, and what is hidden behind the objective forms, i.e. the visceral experiences. Reflecting on his own growth as a young children and development as an artist, Johannes made the following comments:

"I remember when I was a young boy around 8 years old. Lying in my bed before falling asleep, a feeling often came to me that my body parts were not the same in size and shape as I saw them during the day. Sometimes, my thumb would turn into the size of a house and my hips became slim like a needle. This fantasy became so vivid that at times I had to open my eyes just to confirm that it was not real."

It was at this stage that Johannes started to become aware of the different kinds of worlds in life - one you can see, one you cannot; a rational objective reality and an inner reality in which we experience and exist, both equally true. His sculptures are his suggestion for this internal space.

“Less acquainted with languages as expression, I use shapes to express my feelings,” says Johannes in an interview. “My worldview and my perception of life are expressed through my hands, using wood, copper or other materials. Some I would sculpt, and others knead. The perception expressed through my body may transcend languages, and everyone can be present in the space. This is the greatest strength about mankind. ”

A Swedish artist, Johannes Nielsen was born in 1979 in Falkenberg, Sweden. He graduated in 2003 in Fine Arts from the Lunds Art School. Between 2003 and 2005, he worked in Dublin as an artistic assistant the famous sculptor Patrick O'Reilly, where he honed his sculptural practice. Johannes had participated in numerous international fairs and exhibitions in Europe, US and Asia. Most recently, he will be showing in Punto Sull Arte in Varese and in Contemporary Collective at the New Wing, Somerset House, London. He has been living and working in Beijing since 2007.