Peter Blum is pleased to announce the exhibition: Su-Mei Tse: Recent Works, to be held at 99 Wooster Street, New York, NY. This marks the first time that the work of Su-mei Tse has been shown in the U.S.
Su-Mei Tse's main preoccupation is the search for universal languages, languages that unite rather than separate between two, even three cultures, thus being an expression of her native Luxembourg and her parentage. Her mother is an English pianist and her father a Chinese violinist. The universe of Su-Mei Tse revolves around sound, the image and the body. It is work about rhythm, organic rhythm, which she does not create but uses as a choreographer. In fact she uses music, photography, cinema and dance. She furthermore produces sculptural objects and installations.
Su-Mei Tse is trained as a classical cellist. The music that is chosen as a back drop to her work on film is often traditional and she contrasts this with cutting edge technology. Man-made objects are inserted into natural settings creating an often humorous dialogue. For instance, in the film, Yellow Mountain, an orange disk rises over an idyllic mountain scene like a golden sunrise and then re-emerges as a speck in the distance where it now appears to be a floating balloon. In the film, Echo, shown first at the Luxembourg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2003, we see the artist in a luminous mountain landscape playing the cello in response to the echo of her own music.
Su-Mei Tse was awarded the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation at the 50th International Art Exhibition, Luxembourg Pavilion, at the Venice Biennale in 2003 for her three part installation, Air Conditioned. Her most recent work is currently also featured at the XXVI Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the Spring of 2005 Su-Mei Tse will have a solo exhibition at the Renaissance Society in Chicago.
Su-Mei Tse was born in Luxembourg in 1973. She lives there and in Paris.