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View of “Li Shurui,” 2018. Photo: Claire Dorn.

Li Shurui

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For this exhibition, Li Shurui’s debut solo presentation in Europe, the artist presented ten new paintings and a video, the roughly twenty-four-minute Marriage Certificate, 2018. Her first work in this medium—made with her husband, the musician Li Daiguo—the video weaves together the physical and emotional material of the couple’s relationship with flashes of their creative production. The eight paintings comprising The moment before evaporation, Me Nos. 15 and The moment before evaporation, You Nos. 13, all 2018, were displayed in level rows across large sheets of paper painted with curving lines in gray and black, like the veins of marble. All tondos in acrylic on canvas on wood panels, these predominantly blue paintings engaged the sharp illusionism of Op art and resembled gigantic droplets of steam. Hung high in a corner of the same space, Wind Blows Open a Ray of Light,

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