Faye Wei Wei: The Moon Balloon of New York City

23 March - 23 April 2022
  • Faye Wei Wei | The Moon Balloon of New York City

  • little heart feelers

    mushrooms blooming at night

     

    rhubarb in clay pots 

    they're salty this year

    because of the moonlight 

     

    You lay in the grass and you felt the sun

    Your voice sings half remembered lullabies,

    The moon in the sea bed sleeping

    Your heart blushed 

    & Jupiter longs to scratch your back, 

    To heaven circle around your waist 

    The fluidity of a mark,

    a leaning into the surface, the pain

    Of roughing up the skin of your palms on the jagged edges of the cave walls

    a love painting to the sea

    the unfurling of a flower 

    Revealing the dewy tears 

    the nights bountiful rain 

    (it rained in my dreams last night this morning the streets are dry)

     

    the moon balloon of new york city 

  • ABOUT THE ARTIST
    Faye Wei Wei
    And Lover There by Lover be at Peace (Red III), 2022
    Oil on Canvas
    183 x 137 cm, 72 1/8 x 54 in

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Faye Wei Wei (b.1994 in London, UK) graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK (BA Hons) in 2016. Wei Wei conceives of the painting process as an intimate choreography between actual and pictorial space. Often revolving around spiritual iconography and classical myth,love rituals and the theatricality of gender, her works sometimes suggest the themes of particular mythic narratives, and at other moments seem to depart into a more ambiguous, interior space of incongruity and uncertainty. With a palette of earthy greens, reds, pale pinks and blues, Wei Wei‘s quixotic paintings are inhabited by magical, folkloric images of bells, crosses, horses, snakes, swans, sea urchins and dreamy heart-faced figures allowing the viewer to feel like you’re getting lost in the artist’s imagination.

  • Faye Wei Wei, Watching the Urchins Sing in the Tea-Gold Dark, 2022
  • an intimate choreography between actual & pictural space
    Faye Wei Wei
    I Laid the Crown Upon His Head to Cast Away My Sorrow , 2022
    Oil on Canvas
    183 x 137 cm, 72 1/8 x 54 in

    an intimate choreography between actual & pictural space

    It is an intimate choreography between the actual and the pictural space that shapes her painting process, says artist Faye Wei Wei about the making of her recent works.  In Wei Wei's new solo exhibition, "The Moon Balloon of New York City," her paintings once again revolve around spiritual iconography and classical myths, love rituals and the theatricality of gender. If some works hint at the themes of familiar mythological narratives, others seem to venture into an ambiguous, interior space of incongruity and uncertainty. With a palette of earthy greens, reds, pale pinks and blues, Wei Wei's quixotic paintings are populated by magical, folkloric imagery. Bells, crosses, horses, snakes, swans, sea urchins, dreamy, heart-shaped figures - they all cavort in Wei Wei's romantic pictorial worlds and give viewers the feeling of gradually losing themselves to the artist's imagination.

  • Previous Solo Exhibitions include
    Faye Wei Wei
    Red III (The Women Who Have Held My Hands Before Me), 2022
    Oil on Canvas
    100 x 80 cm, 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 in

    Previous Solo Exhibitions include

     ‚The Moon Balloon of New York City’, Galerie Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria, 2022; 2021 ‘Moon’, Galerie Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria, 2021; ‘Sun’, Isetan The Space, Tokyo, Japan, 2021; ‘If You Sat Long Enough you could See a Flower Bloom’, Project Room, Galerie Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria, 2020; 'I’ve Always Been A Weeper At The Cinema, Cob Gallery, London, UK, 2019; Sweet Bitter, Valentine', SADE Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 2018;  ‘CFCCA Presents: Faye Wei Wei', Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK, 2018; Anemones and Lovers', Cob Gallery, London, UK, 2017