High Light Splendor Worn Thin in the Recesses of Time

Long Museum(West Bund)
High Light Splendor Worn Thin in the Recesses of Time:


High Light

Splendor Worn Thin in the Recesses of Time

Time: 31.01.2021-10.04.2021

Gallery 2, Long Museum (West Bund)

3398 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, 

Shanghai, China


Long Museum (West Bund) will present artist Li Shurui’s solo exhibition, "High Light: Splendor Worn Thin in the Recesses of Time," from January 31 to April 10, 2021.


The study of "light" and "color" and their cultural connotations constitute the core of Li Shurui's artistic practice. The artist is convinced that the use of "light" and "color" can embody, record, and shape individuals' needs and spirituality in different cultures and times, which is also related to their collective ideology in a broader sense. In recent years, the artist has developed a more comprehensive system of work methods. Drawing from her life experiences, Li Shurui explores the boundaries of the painted medium, as well as the functional, social and political nature of light and color through a highly personal approach and its extended practice.

Marking the artist's first museum solo exhibition in China, "High Light: Splendor Worn Thin in the Recesses of Time" unfolds from Li's long-standing subject matter and work methods in a non-linear fashion through seven series of multi-faceted and inter-connected paintings and installations.


How is the perception of sunlight today different from that a century ago? Does the technological evolution of artificial lighting continue to influence our perception and memory of the world? The exhibition opens with Pixels of The Images That Represent Eras, embarking on an archaeological investigation into light colors as embodiments of epochal characteristics. The artist has been consciously collecting information and materials on light and color from different periods and regions for a long time, who perceptually abstracts and archives these visual marks from different eras in an attempt to present an evolving cultural landscape illuminated by light and color. 


In the same vein, abstract paintings such as Prosperous and Age of Prosperity present specific fragments of this subject, addressing the regional and contemporary nature of light and color and making social commentaries.

LI Shuru, Age of Prosperity, acrylic on canvas, 300×300cm, 2020, courtesy the artist and WHITE SPACE BEIJING

The other thread of the exhibition revolves around the artist's evolving exploration in the language of painting. Over time, the artist has abstracted various illuminations and the characteristics of human visuality into colors and spots of different sizes. Adopting these essential linguistic elements, Li Shurui attempts to construct artistic vocabulary and grammar of a personalized language. If the highly condensed and analytical abstraction of Deep White is a comprehensive presentation of this linguistic system, her recent Making Up for Lost Spring and All ze Knows is Sky and Colors integrate figuration and abstraction to unravel and transcend this system. The inherent logic and driving force of their evolution are that the artist, as a living individual, opens up to more real and tangible life.

LI Shurui, Deep White, painting installation, acrylic on canvas on board, 114 pieces, overall dimensions: 540×1000cm, 2016-2017, courtesy the artist and WHITE SPACE BEIJING

The term "highlight" is both an artistic terminology and embodies a kind of moment and situation. Whereas "high light" subtly underscores the so-called notions of "high art" and "high culture." The title of the exhibition, "High Light: Splendor Worn Thin in the Recesses of Time" responds to the artist's above-mentioned creative threads and indicates some of her ongoing transformations.

About the Artist

Li Shurui (b. 1981, Chongqing) received her BFA at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (SFAI) in 2004. Li was granted 2016 New York Fellowship Program of Asian Cultural Council (ACC). Li Shurui currently lives and works in Beijing and Dali.


Recent solo exhibitions include High Light: Splendor Worn Thin in the Recesses of Time, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China (2021); Somewhere Between Abstract and Concrete, Carl Kostyál, Milan, Italy (2020); LSR·Tenderest Affection, New Galerie, Paris, France (2018); Light Extracts, Salt Project, Beijing, China (2018); LSR·Deep White, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China (2017). Recent group exhibitions include Good Pictures, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, USA (2020); Restons Unis: You'll Never Walk Alone, PERROTIN, Paris, France (2020); LI Shurui - Zevs, New Galeries, Paris, France (2019); Only Connect!, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2019); Nine Journeys Through Time, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); Spiritual Origin, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China (2019); A White Space Odyssey, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China (2019); Who Cares, New Galerie, Paris, France (2019); Nine Journeys Through Time, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy (2018); A World in a Grain of Sand : Mapping Shapes and Sites for Social Deometries, Atlantis, Sanya, China (2018); Constellation, Georgian National Museum Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia (2017); No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA (2016); Turning Point: Contemporary Art in China Since 2000, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016); No Longer / Not Yet, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2015).