For Art Basel Statements 2017, Lui Shtini (Albania/US) exhibits five new paintings made on enamel that further his experimentation with character and identity found within his prior works. Thus far, Shtini has dealt with single figures; in these new paintings he increases the scale, shifts the orientation to a horizontal format, and creates new subject matter dealing with the pressure, fusion and resulting movements between two colliding forms. There is something prescient about his exploration of two forms and the departure from issues of alienation and misinterpretation arising from an individual. Shtini’s past exhibitions have often paralleled events occurring in the public’s subconscious such as the potential threat of an unrecognizable individual or the ability to recognize ambiguity of character without gender. In this way, his new paintings reveal a movement towards a shared consciousness, a more collective pragmatism looming on the horizon. Lui Shtini (b. 1978 Kavaje, Albania) attended the Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania from 1997 to 2000 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. Shtini has held solo exhibitions at Kate Werble Gallery, NY (2016, 2013), Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA (2015), Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL (2014), and Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York, NY (2013, 2009). His work has been exhibited at venues including Silberkuppe, Berlin, DE; Bureau, New York, NY; Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY; Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY; and Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. He was granted a NYFA Painting Fellowship in 2010, was a 2014-2015 recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program. He currently lives in Queens, NY and works in Brooklyn, NY.
LUI SHTINI, COUPLES, ART BASEL STATEMENTS, 2017