Artist Reception

Thursday, February 21, 6-8pm

exhibition dates: February 21 – March 23, 2019

This is the first time I have written something for my own exhibition. It’s not a statement, but some fragments of thoughts and notes merging as stream of consciousness. I discovered quite recently a popular 1970s British sketch ‘How Not to Be Seen’ from Monty Python’s Flying Circus in which the narrator introduces people who are hiding in the landscape. The narrator explains the importance of not being seen and then he delights in blowing them up.

The landscapes were no more peaceful than before, neither were the on-screen images themselves, and that which was even more invisible (I might say humanity, but wouldn’t like to use this word here) was destroyed by this obsessive and ironic perversion.

– Xie Lei.

Image Credit: Xie Lei: Stares, 2018 oil on canvas 33 x 24cm Xie Lei@ Z Gallery Arts


Feb 21 2019


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Z Gallery Arts
102-1688 W 1st Ave Vancouver, BC V6J 1G1, Canada