fair | FRIEZE NEW YORK 2016

LIU SHIYUAN, "This Way or That Way", 2016, Site-specific installation, detail

Frieze New York
Booth B35
Randall’s Island, Manhattan
May 4th through 8th, 2016

Located at booth B35, the gallery will be exhibiting a solo presentation of Beijing-born and Copenhagen-based young female artist Liu Shiyuan, whose installations and photographs have recently been exhibited at various institutions, including Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, Yuz Museum Shanghai (solo), Aurora Museum Shanghai, among others.

Having studied at School of Visual Art, lived and worked in New York before relocating to Copenhagen, Liu Shiyuan has developed an artistic sensibility in response to the contemporary Chinese diaspora, and its ensuing pattern of cultural shocks. Manipulating everyday objects, stock images, and theatrical gestures, her practice navigates the subtle borderline between rationality and mystery, reality and fiction.
 

LIU SHIYUAN, "This Way or That Way", 2016, Site-specific installation, computer sketch


 
The booth will premiere “This Way or That Way” (2016), a site-specific installation developed from Liu’s earlier “From Happiness to Whatever” which was created specifically for the artist’s first and eponymous solo with the gallery and now on view at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Composed similarly of patches of carpets arranged in tiles, the new installation is a collage and juxtaposition of various reinterpretations of multi-national flag patterns and slogans on top executed in diverse typefaces to encompass sentiments, poetics, campaigns and truisms. A station of propaganda, the work explores the idea of semantics as cultural signifiers, and further questions the value systems defined by flexible identities, networks and mobility.

Liu Shiyuan will present a newest iteration of her critically acclaimed project “As Simple As Clay” which has been included in several museum shows and was the subject of her solo exhibition at Yuz Museum Shanghai. A wall of hundreds of small prints showcases objects, gestures and activities that Liu collected through Google’s translation and search of “clay”. An encyclopaedic catalogue of cross-cultural representation and understanding of clay, the work has also explored the multiplicity and contradictions of diverse cultural values and knowledge, interrogating the “flatness” offered by the Internet.

Also on view in the booth is a set of color photographs commissioned by Kaleidoscope magazine for their recent issue of Asian edition. Entitled “Wonderland”, the series was produced out of stock images on everyday’s food consumption (of a variety of cold cut, mushrooms, breads, etc) to query the meaning and beauty of contemporary life.
 

LIU SHIYUAN, "Wonderland #2", 2016, Archival inkjet print, 23 x 30 cm


 
Liu Shiyuan (b. 1985 in Beijing) graduated from the School of Visual Art in New York with MFA in Photography, 2012; Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with BFA in New Media Art, 2009. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions. Recent and upcoming groups shows include Yinchuan Biennale 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Yinchuan, 2016; “Tutorials”, Pino Pascali Foundation Museum, Polignano, 2016; “Bentu, Chinese Artists In A Time Of Turbulence And Transformation”, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016; “Unordinary Space”, Aurora Museum, Shanghai, 2015; CAFAM Future, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2015; “Second Thought”, Flower Gallery, New York, 2015; “New You See”, Whitebox Art Center, New York, 2014; 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCT- Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, 2012; “stillspotting nyc“, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, among others. She received Honorary AIR Awards from Kala Art Institute, San Francisco, 2014, and Paula Rhodes Memorial Award, New York, 2012.
 
 
Click to read Liu Shiyuan’s interview and portfolio on Kaleidoscope Magazine.
 
 
For further information, please contact the gallery staff on-site:
info@leoxuprojects.com
or phone +86-18049803911 / +1-310 890 2571.
 
 

LIU SHUYUAN, "As Simple As Clay", installation view, Yuz Museum, 2015

LIU SHUYUAN, "As Simple As Clay", installation view, Yuz Museum, 2015


 
 
弗里兹纽约艺术博览会 (Frieze New York)
展位号:B35
美国,纽约,曼哈顿,兰德尔岛 (Randall’s Island)
2016年5月4日至8日

 
LEO XU PROJECTS 很荣幸地宣布我们将第四次参加弗里兹纽约艺术博览会 (Frieze New York),展期 2016年5月4日至8日。届时我们将展出中国年轻艺术刘诗园的个展。我们展位号是B35

刘诗园现居住于丹麦哥本哈根。她的作品近期在多个美术馆展出,其中包括了巴黎的路易威登基金会美术馆、上海的余德耀美术馆(个展)和上海震旦博物馆等。曾求学于纽约视觉艺术学院(SVA)并在纽约居住工作,刘诗园的生活历经跨越了多个国家、城市,因此她的创作也从中国移民体验中的文化差异、跨地域和文化的对话和反思的获得灵感。她运用了日常物件、现成图像、图库图像等材料,间或辅以更具有表演性的语言,在介于摄影、录像、拼贴、空间装置多个领域接壤之间,去描绘今天全球化盛景下个体的感知与理性、现实与荒诞。

本次画廊展位将首展《这边或那边》(2016)。这件空间作品脱胎于声音装置《从幸福到别的一切》;后者系为艺术家与画廊的首次同名个展创作(2015),现正展出于巴黎的路易威登基金会美术馆。《这边或那边》由覆盖了墙面和地板的上百块地毯构成。这些方块地毯是图像与文字的两者的结合:一方面艺术家挪用并重新诠释了不同国家旗帜的图案;另一方面,她又赋予每件地毯上的文字标语以独特的字体,以体现情感、诗意、商业推广与陈词滥调的真理。《这边或那边》是艺术家对语义学这一概念作为文化能指的一种探索。它形如一座宣传(propaganda)中心,通过高密度地本土图像拼贴,质疑着全球移动中身份变化与新的价值观念。

此外,刘诗园亦将展出其备受好评的作品《像泥巴一样简单》。这件始于2013年的大型摄影装置,先后在不同的美术馆以多重形态展出,去年在上海余德耀美术馆作为刘诗园个展的核心作品出现。满墙成百上千张深蓝底色的小照片以方阵排开,每张照片都记录了包括物件、静物、动作或者社会活动在内的内容。艺术家在谷歌(Google)翻译和搜索中获得了不同语言、地域、文化中对“泥巴”这一概念的诠释、延伸与误读。《像泥巴一样简单》最终成就了一部百科全书式的跨文化和视觉再现的研究,它的多变与丰富也回应了文化价值与知识系统的多样性、矛盾与繁复,同样,它亦见证了互联网的扁平化的信息传播与美学。

展位上另会展出艺术家最新为著名艺术杂志《Kaleidoscope》的亚洲特刊委约创作的一组摄影。题为《仙境》,这组摄影夸张、诙谐地将日常食物消费(培根、火腿、香肠、蘑菇、面包等)层层叠叠地拼贴完美的彩色渐变色谱中,亦真亦幻,构成了近乎移动中的多层图像,将这种来自80-90年代的图像美学移植近景物摄影中,铺展开关于今日日常生活幽默、私密却又冷峻,教人反思的图卷。
 

LIU SHIYUAN, "Wonderland #4", 2016, Archival inkjet print, 23 x 30 cm


 
刘诗园,1985年生于北京,2009年毕业于北京的中央美术学院,2012年获得纽约视觉艺术学院(SVA)硕士学位。她的作品在世界诸多美术馆、双年展中展出,近期的展览包括:2016银川双年展(银川当代艺术馆,2016)、《教程》Pino Pascali基金会美术馆(意大利Polignano,2016)、《本土——激流与嬗变下的中国艺术》路易威登基金会(巴黎,2016)、《空间三重奏》震旦博物馆(上海,2015)、《CAFA未来展》中央美术学院美术馆(北京,2015)、《重新考虑》Flower Gallery(纽约,2015)、《现在你看到了》白盒子艺术中心(纽约,2014)、第七届深圳雕塑双年展OCT艺术中心(深圳,2012)、《stillspotting nyc》古根海姆美术馆(纽约,2012)等。此外,刘诗园亦获得旧金山卡拉艺术机构的AIR荣誉奖金(2014)和纽约的Paula Rhodes纪念奖金(2012)。
 
 
点击阅读刘诗园《Kaleidoscope》杂志采访与作品集。
 
 
更多信息,请在联系画廊
info@leoxuprojects.com
或现场电话 +86-18049803911 / +1-310 890 2571。
 
 

current | PLEASE FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT AS WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME TURBULENCE

Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence

March 18th through April 30th, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, March 17th, 6-8pm

David Kordansky Gallery and Leo Xu Projects are pleased to present “Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence”, a collaborative group exhibition held at Leo Xu Projects, Lane 49, Building 3, Fuxing Xi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai. The show will be on view from March 18 until April 30, 2017. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 17 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Featuring artists from both of the galleries’ programs, Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence will examine how a wide and heterogeneous array of aesthetic positions can reflect, refract, and bear witness to an uncertain state of global affairs. The exhibition will include work by Kathryn Andrews, Andrea Büttner, Chen Wei, Heman Chong, Sam Gilliam, Zach Harris, Evan Holloway, Rashid Johnson, Gabriel Lester, Li Qing, Liu Shiyuan, Pixy Liao, Jonas Lund, Tala Madani, Chris Martin, Torbjørn Rødland, Sissel Tolaas, Tom of Finland, Wei Jia, Ming Wong, and Betty Woodman.

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news | CHEN WEI, SOLO INSTITUTIONAL EXHIBITION IN AUSTRALIA

CHEN WEI: The Club
March 24 – May 7, 2017
Opening: Thursday 23 March, 6–8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George St, Fitzroy
Melbourne, Victoria 3065
Australia

Titled “The Club”, Chen Wei’s first institutional solo exhibition in Australia is to open on March 23, 2017 and runs until May 7 at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

Beijing-based artist Chen Wei’s practice actively blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction through the construction of carefully staged scenes and handcrafted objects. The Club – his first solo exhibition in a public institution in Australia – comprises a series of photographs and installations that fabricate a visual archive of Chinese club culture. Chen has meticulously recreated the architecture, interiors and culture of nightclubs to celebrate this previously undocumented subculture and to provide a commentary on wider social changes that have been taking place in China.

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news | CUI JIE IN THE NEW NORMAL: ART AND CHINA IN 2017 AT UCCA

The New Normal:Art and China in 2017
March 19–July 9, 2017 
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 
798 Art District
No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
100015 BeijingChina 

What is the place of art in China today? Or rather, in a world where the underpinnings of the post-World War II consensus have come suddenly loose, a world whose most prosperous corners find themselves in thrall to sectarian populism, a world increasingly unable to deny the changes wrought to its ecosystem by the last hundred years of human emissions, and a world in which, despite it all, China continues to grow in output and influence, what is to be done?

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news | GABRIEL LESTER IN KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE 2016

Gabriel Lester, Dwelling Kappiri Spirits, 2016

Kochi-Muziris Biennale:
Forming in the Pupil of an Eye
December 12th, 2016 through March 29th, 2017 

 

Gabriel Lester is featured among 97 artists who have been invited to create new works in this year’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the largest contemporary art biennial in South Asia. Curated by the eminent Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the Biennale is titled Forming in the Pupil of an Eye. The Biennale will run from December 12, 2016 until March 29, 2017.
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news | HE AN, SOLO EXHIBITION AT ACCA, MELBOURNE

He An:
Do You Think That You Can Help Her Brother?
February 11th, 2017 through April 23rd, 2017 
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

 

He An’s neon light installation, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother?, will be presented on the northern façade of ACCA’s iconic architecture as a keynote public project for Asia TOPA, comprised of Chinese characters gleaned from shopfronts and various sites throughout the city of Beijing, telling a dark story about love, desire and power in.

Drawn from popular news stories and online social media, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother? combines found texts to create a narrative poem that relays the experience of marginalized labour workers, popular Chinese novels, the sex industry and criminal underground networks in Chinese society.
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past | NINA CANELL: REFLEXOLOGY

Nina Canell: Reflexology

November 9th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening reception: Wednesday, November 9th, 5-8pm

Nina Canell: “Reflexology” is the first solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist Nina Canell (b.1979, Sweden) to take place in China. Set across all three floors of the gallery space, Canell’s characteristically concise sculptural works of found and functional objects explore the often-overlapping networks and natural phenomena that surround us, probing the connections between material objects and immaterial forces. For this exhibition, Canell presents a series of new and recent works, incorporating site-specific elements and objects that have been sourced locally in Shanghai.

Taking the practice of reflexology as her starting point, Canell uses the exhibition format to investigate how the varying meanings of the term might be interpreted through the relationship between the work and its viewer.
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news | GABRIEL LESTER SOLO EXHIBITION AT CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE (CAC), VILNIUS

Gabriel Lester: The Nine Day Week
November 25th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening November 25th, 6pm

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Vokiečių 2
LT-01130 Vilnius
Lithuania

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news | AAAJIAO IN TAKE ME I’M YOURS AT JEWISH MUSEUM NEW YORK

Take Me (I’m Yours)

September 16th, 2016 through February 5th, 2017

Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

Aaajiao presents a new installation in “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at the Jewish Museum. “Take Me (I’m Yours)” was originally conceived by Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1995. The New York show is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum; Hans Ulrich Obrist; and Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator, the Jewish Museum.
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news | LIU CHUANG IN THE MAN WHO NEVER THREW ANYTHING AWAY AT GUANGDONG TIMES MUSEUM

Times Heterotopia Trilogy III:
The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away
Guangdong Times Museum
January 8th through February 19th, 2017
Opening: January 7th, 2017

 

Liu Chuang is featured in the group exhibition “The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away” at Guangdong Times Museum. The exhibition is curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and will run from January 8th through February 19th, 2017.

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news | CHENG RAN: DIARY OF A MADMAN AT THE NEW MUSEUM

Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman

October 19th 2016 through January 15th 2017
New Museum, New York

Curated by Helga Christoffersen and Massimiliano Gioni.

news | AAAJIAO IN OVERPOP AT YUZ MUSEUM SHANGHAI

OVERPOP

September 4th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017

Yuz Museum
No.35 Fenggu Road, Shanghai

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news | CUI JIE IN VITAMIN P3

Vitamin P3 – New Perspectives in Painting

Publisher: Phaidon Press, 2016
Hardcover: 352 pages
550 color illustrations
11.38 x 9.88 in
28.9 x 25.1 cm

Since the publication of the first Vitamin P in 2002, painting has continued to evolve and excite, with new generations responding to its historic importance and taking it in unexpected directions. A central pillar of artistic practice, painting also has enduring appeal, dominating the art market. Vitamin P3 takes the conversation forward, spotlighting more than 100 outstanding artists who are engaging with – and pushing the boundaries of – the medium of paint.

For the full article on Cui Jie, please [download pdf]

fair | ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2016

Art Basel Miami Beach
Stand N13
Miami Beach Convention Center
December 1st through 4th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, November 30th

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to announce its participation for the first time at Art Basel | Miami Beach. Located at stand N13, the gallery brings a group presentation of three artists; aaajiao, Cui Jie and Liu Shiyuan, each articulating a different vision of their experiences living, working and exhibiting in the city of Shanghai.
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fair | ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2016

ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
Stand W28
Shanghai Exhibition Center, 1376 West Nanjing Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai 

November 10th through 13th, 2016
Preview Thursday, November 9th

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fair | WEST BUND ART & DESIGN 2016

West Bund Art & Design
Stand C2
West Bund Art Center, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai

November 9th through 13th, 2016
Preview Tuesday, November 8th

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news | AAAJIAO AND CUI JIE IN HACK SPACE AT CHI K11 ART MUSEUM

Cui Jie, Building of Cranes #1, 2014. Oil on canvas. 150 x 110 cm.

HACK SPACE

November 9th, 2016 through December 8th, 2016
Opening: November 8th, 2016 | 5pm

chi K11 art museum, Shanghai
Level B3, K11 Art Mall, 300 Middle Huaihai Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Aaajiao and Cui Jie are included in the new edition of the group exhibition “Hack Space” in chi K11 art museum in Shanghai, co-curated by Amira Gad and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and the Serpentine Galleries are pleased to continue their collaboration, which begun with the presentation of the group exhibition HACK SPACE during Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, by presenting a new edition of the HACK SPACE exhibition at the chi K11 art museum in Shanghai. The exhibition runs from 9 November to 8 December 2016.

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fair | ASIA NOW 2016

PIXY LIAO, "A Collection of Penises", 2013-present

Asia Now
Stand A207
9 Avenue Hoche, Paris

October 19th through 23th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, October 19th

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present “Girls: Portraits, Fantasies and Troubles”, a group exhibition curated for gallery’s second-year participation in Asia Now. The booth includes a selection of photographs, installations, sculptures and videos created by Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, and others, which carefully study individual and collective emotions, experiences and expressions of young female Chinese in their everyday and professional life.

New to the gallery stable, Shanghai-born Brooklyn-based young female artist Pixy Liao attempts to smash the stereotypes of hierarchies in relationship and gender roles by presenting a body of bold and experimental works — “A Collection of Penises” (2013-present) shows a collection of nineteen pink soft fabric models of male genitals in various possible shapes created by the artist’s partner; “Start your day with a good breakfast” (2009) is a selfie of the artist and her partner interacting in explicit and provocative manners. Having studied and lived in Beijing and New York, Copenhagen-based Liu Shiyuan presents a playful sculpture “But My Apple…” (2015) that captures a subtle second-thought on female’s sensibility.
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past | PIXY LIAO: VENUS AS A BOY

September 24th through October 25th, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, September 24th, 6-8pm.

“Pixy Liao: Venus As A Boy” marks the first solo exhibition of Shanghai-born Brooklyn-based young female artist Pixy Yijun Liao with the gallery, running from September 24th through October 25th, 2016. Having studied photography at University of Memphis and lived in the States for over a decade, Liao is highly influenced by the style of New American Color Photography in her practices, yet spinning off from the critique of “the American dream” to focus on the contemporary lives of Asian immigrants in the western society, presenting portraits and relationship hierarchies of the youth and the minorities with a rare observational wit.

The title of the exhibition is taken from one of the greatest hits of Icelandic musician, singer, and actress Björk Gumundsdottir, in which she questions masculine and feminine gender identities as socially constructed and breaks down the popular conceptions of gender binaries. Sharing a similar objection against the conventional assumptions of gender roles, Pixy Liao uses language of contemporary American photography of deadpan portraits, seemingly unmemorable objects, and staged scenes in her photographic practices to challenge the preconceived notions about characteristics and behaviors of different genders in heterosexual relationships in the Asian American society, throwing tradition out the window in an often humorous effect.
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fair | FRIEZE LONDON 2016

Frieze London
Stand H20
Regent’s Park, London

October 6th through 9th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, October 6th

Titled after Arthur Rimbaud’s eponymous poem, “Le Bateau Ivre (Drunken Boat)” is young Chinese artist Chen Wei’s solo project that features his photographs of various formats and installations across multiple media. A time capsule on China’s disco and relevant youth cultures since the early 1990s onwards, the project outlines the growth of Chen’s generation through artist’s fabricated visual and literal materials which are informed by then British publications like i-D and the Face (once circulated underground in Beijing and Shanghai). Chen explores the mystery of Chinese disco, an apparition in most celebrated films by Jia Zhangke and Lou Ye, but barely made to the discourse of Chinese visual art. An unlicensed institution of Chinese youth cultures and generational concerns, Chen commented.
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news | LIU SHIYUAN IN YINCHUAN BIENNALE 2016

Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan

Yinchuan Biennale
For an Image, Faster Than Light

September 9th through December 18th, 2016

Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan
No.12, HeLe Road, Xingqing District, 750101 Yinchuan, China

The first edition of the Yinchuan Biennale which will open on September 9, 2016 with the participation of 74 artists from 33 countries including China and will culminate on December 18, 2016. The YC Biennale 2016 is contextualizing some of the most important issues confronting the world from the scientific to the spiritual, from the psychic to the philosophical, from the catastrophic to the celebratory.
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