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Contact Sheet 169 — Shen Wei: I Miss You Already

Contact Sheet 169

Shen Wei: I Miss You Already

Exhibition Dates: November 5–December 14, 2012

Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery at Light Work

Light Work is pleased to announce the solo exhibition I Miss You Already by Chinese artist Shen Wei. Wei uses his self-portrait series as a place for self-discovery and contemplation. Each image captures a momentary experience that describes the coming together of person and place. Many of the photographs are intensely sexual. His images invite others into his solitude by quietly beckoning or openly drawing the viewer in. They tease the camera, and therefore the viewer, in various degrees. That Wei is an attractive and physically fit young Asian man plays an important part in how his work addresses desire in the context of identity and bridges cultural and sexual barriers.

His overtly sexual photographs push against the boundaries of Wei’s conservative Chinese upbringing, which occurred at a time when even art students did not get to study the nude body and would learn to draw the body from sculptural busts. Moving to the United States in 2000, Wei was confronted with very different societal attitudes toward the naked body and sexuality, and his response to these issues has become central to his work. It is not important to Wei that his photographs be understood in only one way, and he acknowledges that his work may be interpreted differently from country to country. He has also seen a shifting of social norms. Even in China it is now increasingly acceptable to depict the naked body, especially in art.

Wei uses his series to push against cultural boundaries, but in image after image he also explores his own comfort level with expressing his sexuality. Throughout the series we observe Wei trying on one environment and identity at a time. Although the images are constructed, the emotions are authentic. We see a young man asserting himself in front of the camera and claiming his right to define himself and his sexuality.

— Hannah Frieser

Shen Wei’s exhibition catalogue, Contact Sheet 169, is now available. Subscribers should be receiving the catalogue in the mail shortly, or view the catalogue immediately by visiting the Contact Sheet Digital Archive. Subscribe at any level, including the free trial subscription, for access to Light Work’s newest publications online. Contact Sheet 169 may also be purchased from the Light Work Store.

About the Artist:

Shen Wei has exhibited his work internationally at venues such as the Museum of the City of New York and Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall in New York, NY; the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA; the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, FL; and the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, China. Wei’s first monograph, Chinese Sentiment, was published by Charles Lane Press in 2011. Wei is the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Artist Residency, the Asian CulturalCouncil Arts & Religion Fellowship, the Griffin Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Urban Artist Initiative New York City Fellowship, the Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program, and more. Wei’s work is included in permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of Chinese in America, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York, NY; the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA; the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL; the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL; the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, FL; the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, IN; and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He is represented by Daniel Cooney Fine Arts in New York, NY. Additional images by Wei may be viewed at

Introducing Framed Prints

Just in time for the holidays, we are very excited to introduce framing options for our Fine Print Program for only $150! Get prints archivally framed for display in your home, or as the perfect gift for friends and family.

Select from our 2013 Fine Print Program featuring works by Duane Michals, Keliy Anderson-Staley, Shane Lavalette, and Mark Steinmetz, or choose from past prints by William Wegman, Carrie Mae Weems, Dawoud Bey, Elijah Gowin, Kelli Connell, Deana Lawson, Doug DuBois, Susan Worsham, and many more!

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Announcing Light Work's 2013 Subscription Program

Please accept this invitation to begin or renew your subscription to Contact Sheet, one of the longest-running photography publications in the world, dedicated to supporting emerging and under-recognized artists working in photography. In celebration of our 40th anniversary we will be producing a redesigned and expanded edition of The Light Work Annual, as well as launching a stunning new website, which will serve as a comprehensive resource and destination for contemporary photography.

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Our 2013 Subscription Program features a Master Print Edition by Duane Michals, Fine Print Program Prints by Keliy Anderson-Staley, Shane Lavalette, and Mark Steinmetz, as well as a Book Collectors Offer for a signed copy of The Code by John Gossage.

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Hidden in Plain Sight, Gallery Talk at Everson Museum of Art

Hidden in Plain Sight
Gallery talk with John Mannion and Sean Hovendick
November 15, 2012 at 6:30pm
Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Capturing poignant moments of the human experience and provocative environmental interventions, TONY: 2012 photographers John Mannion and Sean Hovendick will give a gallery talk to discuss their work and provide insight into how this medium invites us to reflect upon that which often goes unnoticed.