Tao Xian | Parsons Fine Arts - 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition

China, 1991
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"Inverted Fiction #1," 2016 oil painting on linen 40 x 60 in

Installation view of the Negation series, 2015 oil painting on linen and canvas

"Negation #3," 2015 oil painting on canvas 24 x 30 in

"Negation #4," 2015 oil painting on linen 24 x 32 in

"Negation #2," 2015 oil painting on linen 30 x 40 in

"Untitled," 2016 oil painting on linen 24 x 38 in

"Negation #5," 2015 oil painting on linen 30 x 40 in

"Negation #1," 2015 oil painting on linen 32 x 27.4 in

Artist Statement

I make paintings, photo transfers and videos that are often process based, using both analog and digital technologies to reinterpret photographic images. In my recent painting series, I use a scanner as a means to create near-abstract compositions in which I draw attention to the optical vibrant light and empty space that the scanner produces when the scanning process has been interfered with. I’m interested in the sense of alienation we all experience with respect to images, how they affect us while also creating distances. I wish to create spaces of critical thinking, by using images that connect to memory traces, to reflect the idea of seeing, recalling and distancing.

Artist Bio

Tao Xian is a young artist currently living and working in New York. She was born in 1991 in China. She studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China earning a BFA in Painting in 2013. In 2014, she came to New York and studied at The New School pursuing a MFA in Fine Arts. Her works have been shown at 25 East Gallery in New York, Industry City in Brooklyn, China Art Palace in Shanghai, Taikoo Li Sanlitun North Gallery in Beijing and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.