Gao Lei(b.1980)'s works often utilize a lowly saturated and minimal symmetric composition. An underlying tension lies just below the calm surface of the image, teetering between order and chaos, stoicism and comedy, inciting paradoxical feelings of humor and severity. Selecting the ordinary objects as his mediums, Gao Lei employs their ‘standardized’ nature as the primary element in his work and relates them to streamlined social systems. The ambiguous interconnection and disparity between such objects suggest a conflicted relationship between individual and authority and seek to disrupt the continuity of order. Gao Lei’s artistic vocabulary is terse as a riddle, employing ordinary objects as vehicles for inner emotions and driving forces through exact yet subtle composites. The forces as the connection between the artist’s inner center and the external world are restrained and counterbalanced by the artist, which are presented precisely as the rigor and technicality of the artworks.


Geo Lei received a degree in Digital Media at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2016 and currently working based in Beijing. He held solo exhibitions at ARARIO Gallery I Seoul (Seoul, Korea) in 2017, White Space (Beijing, China) in 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan), ARARIO Gallery I Shanghai (Shanghai, China) in 2014 and participated in numerous group shows at Hive Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China) in 2020, Galerie Liusa Wang (Paris, France) in 2016, Klein Sun Gallery (New York, US) and Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery (London, UK) in 2016. Works of Gao Lei collected at Singapore Art Museum (Singapore), Museum Jean Tinguely (Switzerland), Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts (China), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (China), dslcollection (France), Long Museum (China), and ARARIO Museum (Korea).