I love Shi Jianmin, a Chinese sculptor, born in Xi’an in 1962. Currently he lives and works at Beijing, China. Over the years, he has had several exhibitions, in small galleries or in big museums, including at the Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art in Beijing, at the Museum of Art & Design in New York, etc. At the moment, we can see his work at the Gabrielle Ammann Gallery in Cologne.
He presents a series of contemporary pieces in stainless steel: the “Stool / Coffeetable”, the “Accordion”, the “Gold Brick” etc. In Shi Jianmin’s pieces, the notion of “furniture” becomes less important than the artistic concept.
They are “the combination of different elements and different feelings – visual, stylistic, etc – and what could be described as an intangible feeling is created”.
Shi Jianmin’s work went through a variety of phases.
We can notice his attraction for tradition but mainly a predilection for contemporaneous. The way he works in steel combined with his special attention with details, makes his work truly expressive and unique.