Kiki Xuebing Wang: Blue Hour
2022.07.23 - 2022.08.21
Artists: Kiki Xuebing Wang

CLC Gallery Venture is pleased to present Kiki Xuebing Wang’s solo exhibition Blue Hour, showcasing 8 paintings created by the artist in 2022. It is also the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, after participating in the exhibition Treasure Island Phantoms curated by Xie Nanxing in 2019.


Born in China in 1993, Kiki Wang received her master degree from Royal College of Art, London in 2020, and is presently based in London. In the last five years Wang has been exploring in painting an array of diverse subjects, from luxury handbags, designer garments, Jules Verne’s extraordinaires, Italian giallo films such as the 1982 Tenebrae, to changes and repetitions regulated by timekeeping apparatuses. By depicting carefully choreographed folds of vibrant fabrics and leathers, and by shedding lights from impossible angles on the objects hollowed or skinned, Wang maps through her painting practise the movement of an economy in which fetishism appears gory, dulled, and is consciously introspective regarding the deformed shape it is in.


Informed by a collection of writings on time such as those by Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, Kiki Wang shows in Blue Hour her latest series of paintings that depicts the innards of watches. Revealing the mechanism of time that is at once commonplace and mysterious to contemporary consumers — that are in most cases merely familiar with the exchange value of such lavish mechanism, instead of with its inner workings — Wang traces and renders the escapements, ratchets, wheels and pinions with her distinct palette, transforming the cold, metallic materials passionate and vibrant on canvas.