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Su-Mei Tse: In the (very) beginning

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Key takeaways

1. Initially trained as a classical cellist, the artist’s multidisciplinary works contemplate existence notions of time and rhythm

2. Won the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for the best national presentation in 2003


Nov 21, 2019 - Jan 18, 2020


Peter Blum Gallery

Peter Blum Gallery

New York


Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Su-Mei Tse entitled, In the (very) beginning at 176 Grand Street, New York. This is the artist’s fifth solo show with the gallery, and first exhibition following her acclaimed 2017-2019 traveling exhibition entitled, Nested at Mudam Luxembourg, the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. The exhibition runs through January 18, 2020.

Su-Mei Tse is a visual artist whose multidisciplinary work contemplates existence, notions of time, and rhythm. She expresses life questions by capturing fleeting moments of memories and feelings through various media including photography, sculpture, film, and installation. Impressions in everyday existence whether they be a passing thought, transitory state, or a visual or auditory experience are lyrically translated in her work.

Tse was initially trained as a classical cellist before completing visual arts studies. This leads her to reflect on the nature of music and self, while the perception of visual and auditory elements remain central to her work. The artist’s practice is not solely seen and heard, but it is felt. In the new film Shaping, Tse presents an ongoing act of clay being formed by hand and then dissolving, accompanied by a soundtrack based on low frequencies. This is not towards a final result, but to demonstrate continual movements creating an endless choreography. Similarly responding to her background of Chinese and British descent, Tse offers contemplations of cultural variance stemming from her own relationship between East and West.