current | GABRIEL LESTER: THE EARS HAVE WALLS

February 22nd through April 6th, 2014

VIP reception: Saturday, February 22nd, 6-8pm

LEO XU PROJECTS is proud to present one of the most sought-after international artists Gabriel Lester’s solo show “The Ears Have Walls”. Featuring an eerie musical performance, architectural installations, photos and videos etc., this exhibition demonstrates different aspects of artist’s sensibilities and insights on our present urban life. Bluntly making jokes of what he observes in real life, the artist stages a magical world of voyeurism, eavesdropping and cynicism while making people laugh.

The confusing title of the exhibition “The Ears Have Walls” borrows from an internet typo originally for the naming of Gabriel Lester’s mixed media work “Super-Sargasso Sea (phantom play #1)” included in Performa 13 in New York, 2013. Inspired by the accidental incident, the artist develops an amusing compilation of jokes that illustrates the absurdity of reality through a variety show.

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fair | FRIEZE NEW YORK 2014

May 9th through 12th, 2014
Frieze New York
Randall’s Island, Manhattan
Booth B33

For further information, please contact the gallery at info@leoxuprojects.com or +86-21-3461 1245.

For visitor information, please visit Frieze New York website: http://friezenewyork.com/.


fair | ART BASEL HONG KONG 2014


May 15th through 18th, 2014
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
1 Harbour Rd, Hong Kong
Booth 1D51 

For further information on the artist or request of a VIP pass, please contact: info@leoxuprojects.com.

To learn more about Art Basel Hong Kong, please visit: www.artbasel.com/en/Hong-Kong


upcoming| CHEN WEI, CUI JIE, GUO HONGWEI, LIU CHUANG AND MORE IN TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART

CUI JIE, "Jiu Xian Bridge Market", 2012, Oil on canvas, 100 x 160 cm

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists
Tampa Museum of Art & Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
June 7th through September 28th, 2014
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
October 25th, 2014 through January 18th, 2015

The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to announce that it is organizing an exhibition titled My Generation: Young Chinese Artists. The exhibition will be on view at the Tampa Museum of Art and our sister institution the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg from June 4 through September 28, 2014. The show is curated by Ms. Barbara Pollack and will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue to be published by D. Giles Ltd in London with essays by Ms. Pollack and Mr. Li Zhenhua.
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upcoming| CHENG RAN AND HEIDI VOET IN DECORUM:CARPETS AND TAPESTRIES BY ARTISTS

Decorum:Carpets and tapestries by artists
Power Station of Art, Shanghai
April 26th through July 14th, 2014
Curators:Gong Yan, Anne Dressen

Decorum is a chance to discover the often unknown ventures into weaving by both major artists of the twentieth century, as well as lesser known artists (such as Guidette Carbonell). The exhibition also includes anonymous works from different time periods and regions in order to underscore meaningful similarities and differences. Details »

current | GABRIEL LESTER IN THE 19TH BIENNALE OF SYDNEY

The 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire
March 21st through June 9th, 2014
Vernissage: Tuesday, March 18th to Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Various venues, Sydney, Australia

You Imagine What You Desire is an evocation celebrating the artistic imagination as a spirited describing and exploration of the world through metaphor and poesis. It makes enquiries into contemporary aesthetic experience, and relates this to historical precedents and future opportunities to imagine possible worlds. It seeks to understand the need artists have today to create immersive and expanded environments, and locates this activity as part of an art historical trajectory, and as a pursuit into the issues of human consciousness, and their psychological, cognitive and corporeal imperatives. Details »

past | CHENG RAN, CHEN WEI, GUO HONGWEI, ZHANG JUNGANG & LI JIE ON ARTSHARE.COM

JPEG: New Practices in Photography
 March 6th through April 6th, 2014
online exhibition on Artshare.com
Curated by Leo Xu

Leo Xu Projects collaborated with artshare.com to present an in depth selection of four important Chinese artists and collectives.

JPEG, in computing, is a common method of compressing images. And JPEGs are arguably the most common image format we encounter in our everyday life.

With the advent of JPEGs, the philosophy of photography has been significantly challenged and changed. Access and availability have become instant, the categorization of genres smashed, boundaries of aesthetics blurred. Between 2000 and 2005, we saw an exuberance of online forums and bulletins specializing in photography in China, frequented by a young generation of Chinese, some of whom now active artists on the local and international scene. This uprising also coincided with the momentary boom of photography festivals accommodated by many remote and ancient towns in China. These critical years heralded the arrival of a generation of artists less interested in documenting, with their cameras, performances that solely test the endurance and limits of the body. Rather, they see photography as a frontier that connects choreography, cinematography, literature, and theatre performance.
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past | HEIDI VOET: AS FAR AS I CAN SEE

January 28th to February 28th, 2014
MCM gallery space, IAPM mall, Shanghai
Organizer: LEO XU PROJECTS 

Belgian artist Heidi Voet’s solo show “As Far As I Can See” presents one of her most widely known series, two tremendous craft works consisting of thousands of colorful digital watches made in China weaving into rugs. A new photograph pairing with an installation Stars & Constellations is placed in the store VIP room, echoing the intimacy and exclusivity of the environment. The exhibition is open to public from January 28th through February 28th, 2014. Details »

news | CHENG RAN AND ITEM IDEM ON VISIONAIRE

CHENG RAN and ITEM IDEM, "Joss", 2013, film still (video, 6 min 2 sec)

Artists Cheng Ran and Cyril Duval (Item Idem) create a video work “Joss” for the New York based magazine VISIONAIRE’s online project “30DAYS30ARTISTS” in 2013.

Click below to view the work online.
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past | LI QING: IN THE VICINITY

LI QING, "Manuscript on Window", 2013, wood, glass, metal, oil color, 66 x 114 x 10.5 cm

November 30th, 2013 through February 13th, 2014

Artist Li Qing‘s solo show In the Vicinity comprises a new series of site-specific installations, videos, mixed media and poet etc. By creating visual illusions and juxtaposing or transforming different visual symbols, artist demonstrates us a dynamic cityscape of Shanghai: a complex web of various ideologies and notions coexisting and mingling. He opens up dialogues between the history and the present as well as between the past and the future.

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