I walk by the store every morning on the way to my office so I was delighted to hear about Paul Smith Melbourne announcing the forthcoming exhibition of handmade sculptures by X+Q Art. The brainchild of contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci, Chinese art collective X+Q Art construct colourful and vivid stories with their arresting sculptural pieces.
Showing in galleries from London to Shanghai and with the exhibition recently on display in his shop in Faubourg St Honore, Paris, Paul Smith is delighted to be hosting the artists’ work in his Melbourne flagship store. Two of China’s most successful modern artists, Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci have created complimentary pieces that sit side-by-side in the Paul Smith shop each capturing a whimsical and humorous tone.
In her ‘I Have Seen Happiness’ sculpture series, Xiang Jing aims to celebrate youth and create an optimistic mood with her vibrant rabbit sculptures flocked in rich shades of red, blue, yellow and green. The collection is particularly appropriate given Paul’s own fondness for rabbits. Whilst in ‘The Angelest Qian’, Qu Guangci fuses Eastern and Western sentiments, referencing both in his series of winged oriental angels. Similarly bright to Xiang Jing’s ‘I Have Seen Happiness’, Qu also aims to illuminate visitors instilling brightness and positivity through art. Make sure to get yourself there for a look. Details below.
26th February – 10th April 2014
Paul Smith, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne