My work is largely informed by the condition of instability and complexity in contemporary artistic practices. My ambivalence toward the use of mediums, including photography, drawing, performance, sculpture, video, text and installation, and the engagement with diverse subjects is a symptom of this condition. My work navigates within a system of the political, social and cultural structures to investigate the idea of existence and the notion of “Otherness” through my unique relationship with the external world. I attempt to address in my work the material conventions that are inherent in every medium in its relation to history, to raise questions about the paradoxical relationship between the individual and the state, imagination and reality, memory and event, pleasure and pain, and to erect the possibilities of meaning within the margins and boundaries.
Qing Liu was born in Fujian Province, China. Liu received his B.A. from the School of Art and Architecture at UCLA and MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2006. Navigating within a system of the political, social and cultural structures through his unique relationship with the external world, Liu works diversely with photography, text, drawing, video and sculptural installation to raise questions on the contemporary condition of materiality and the meaning of its production, and to investigate the idea of existence in the threshold of politics and desire. Liu has been included in group exhibitions in such venues as Whitebox Gallery, Momenta Art, powerHouse Arena, Socrates Sculpture Park, Rental Gallery, Queens Museum of Art and others.