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:
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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。
 
 
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info@leoxuprojects.com
或现场电话 +86-18049803911 / +1-310 890 2571。
 
 

offsite | A NEW BALLARDIAN VISION

CINDY SHERMAN, "Untitled", 1987

A NEW BALLARDIAN VISION
Organized by Leo Xu
June 29th through August 4th, 2017
Metro Pictures, New York, USA 
 
As a part of CONDO Complex New York, a gallery swap between New York galleries and national and international partners, Metro Pictures hosts Leo Xu’s two-part exhibition A New Ballardian Vision. The show brings together a selection of works that reflect recent social, technological and environmental developments through the lens of author J.G. Ballard’s (1930–2009) writings. Xu conceived the exhibition as two distinct chapters; the first features Metro Pictures artists Nina Beier, Camille Henrot, Martin Kippenberger, Oliver Laric, Robert Longo, Trevor Paglen, Jim Shaw and Cindy Sherman. The second chapter focuses on a younger generation of Chinese artists represented by Leo Xu Projects, including aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Cui Jie, Li Qing, Liu Shiyuan and Pixy Liao.
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current | AAAJIAO: USER, LOVE, HIGH-FREQUENCY TRADING

aaajiao, Candy wrappers (twitter), 2017

AAAJIAO: USER, LOVE, HIGH-FREQUENCY TRADING

May 27th through July 22nd, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, May 26th, 6-8pm

“User, Love, High-frequency Trading” marks the second solo exhibition with the gallery by Shanghai and Berlin-based young new media artist aaajiao. Aaajiao, the artistic persona of Xu Wenkai, was first created as his internet handle. As a user of many websites, social media and applications, aaajiao has been exploring the notions about such role and new identities and personalities a user may assume through his or her operation of one specific medium. This two-year long research has crystalized into the exhibition “User, Love, High-frequency Trading”. It goes through multiple aspects—for instance, user’s alter ego, social media communication, and new economies driven by algorithms and networking of users—and arrives at a particular moment in current social and technological development, which has both resonated and contrasted with many of Sci-fi cinema and literature’s Ballardian or cyberpunk fantasies of an early 21st century.

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fair | LISTE – ART FAIR BASEL 2017

Booth: 1-7-G3
June 12th through 18th, 2017

The gallery’s debut in LISTE – Art Fair Basel 2017 will feature a solo presentation by Copenhagen-based young Chinese female artist Liu Shiyuan.

Born in 1985 in Beijing, Liu Shiyuan lives and works in Copenhagen after having studied in New York and Beijing. Traveling and living between cities and across multiple cultures, Liu has developed an artistic sensibility to the new forms of language and expressions on cybersphere and its ensuing patterns of everyday communication across the globe. The works on view at the booth also underlines the nuances and influences of the new internet rhetoric between different regions and media.

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past | 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: THE CLUB AT HORSHAM REGIONAL ART GALLERY

Chen Wei, "Disco #1004", 2015

CHEN WEI: The Club
Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, Australia
24 June 2017 - 13 August 2017

Chen Wei’s solo exhibition “The Club” is to open on June 24, 2017 and runs until August 13, 2017 at Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

Being one of China’s leading artists exhibiting in London, New York, Melbourne and numerous cities across Europe, Chen Wei is presenting photographs and installations that fabricate a visual archive of Chinese club culture in Horsham, Australia. Curated by Elias Redstone, The Club explores an undocumented subculture, reflecting on wider social changes that have taken place in modern China.

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news | LIU SHIYUAN IN .COM/.CN AT K11

Group Exhibition: .com/.cn
K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong 
21 March through 30 April 2017

Liu Shiyuan is selected to be included in the group exhibition .com/.cn, co-presented by the K11 Art Foundation and MoMA PS1. Co-curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey of MoMA PS1 in New York, this project is part of an ongoing research partnership of two institutions.

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fair | FRIEZE NEW YORK 2017

Li Qing, "Window · The Sea in the Museum", 2016-2017

Frieze New York
Booth B23
Randall’s Island, Manhattan
May 5th through 7th, 2017
Preview: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Located at booth B23, the gallery will be exhibiting a solo presentation of Shanghai-based artist Li Qing, who was recently shortlisted for the sixth edition of Prix Jean-Francois Prat (2017), a prestigious international contemporary art prize mainly focuses on painting.
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news | AAAJIAO IN BODY MEDIA II AT PSA

Group Exhibition: Body·Media II
Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
April 29 through July 30, 2017

 

Artist aaajiao is selected along with other 23 artists/art groups from 12 countries to be included in the group exhibition “Body·Media II” at Power Station of Art, Shanghai,  co-curated by Gong Yan (China) and Richard Castelli (France). The exhibition continues the theme of 2007’s exhibition Body Media, re-discusses the close ties between new media and body within the new era context totally revolutionized by advancing technologies. It contains installation, performance, photography, video, and other hard-to-be-defined art forms, introduces cross-disciplinary cooperative patterns and exceeds boundaries of interactive art exhibitions.

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news | PIXY LIAO IN NSFW: FEMALE GAZE AT MUSEUM OF SEX

 

NSFW: Female Gaze
June 21, 2017
Museum of Sex, New York, USA

Pixy Liao is participating in the group exhibition “NSFW: Female Gaze” at Museum of Sex on June 21.

NSFW: Female Gaze, co-curated by VICE Media’s Creators, showcases over 25 emerging female artists from various disciplines dedicated to powerful feminine narratives. From Instagram and GIF platforms to textile and photography, these artists bring a fresh, eclectic, and unconventional approach to sexuality.

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news | LIU CHUANG IN CHINESE SUMMER AT ASTRUP FEARNLEY MUSEET

Chinese Summer 
02 June 2017 – 10 September 2017
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway
 

Liu Chuang is selected to be included in the group exhibition “Chinese Summer” in Astrup Fearnley Museet, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran and Therese Möllenhoff.  The name Chinese Summeris a metaphor for the nation and art scene that have seen explosive growth over the last two decades.

Acknowledging the importance of cultural and artistic production in China that has taken its position on the global stage, Astrup Fearnley Museet is presenting 2 generations of artists in the large group exhibition of Chinese contemporary art.

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news | AAAJIAO, CHENG RAN, LI QING IN MOCA PAVILLION


Group exhibition: All happens after sunset…
MOCA Pavilion, Shanghai, China
April 22nd through May 25th, 2017

Artists aaajiao, Cheng Ran and Li Qing participate the group exhibition “All happens after sunset” at MOCA Pavilion, Shanghai, curated by Xⁿ Office, a contemporary art curating group launched by researcher of art history Penny Xu and artist Ni Youyu. The exhibition is also part of the first phase of MOCA’s 2017 “+Follow+” young artist group exhibition project, to follow young Chinese artists in their development, observing them as they mold through their early stages and blossom into maturity.

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fair | ART BASEL HONG KONG 2017

 
Art Basel Hong Kong
Stand C20
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center
March 23rd through 25th, 2017
Preview Wednesday, March 22nd
 


news | AAAJIAO IN HEART OF A TIN MAN

aaajiao, “Email Trek”, 2016  
Group Exhibition: Heart of the Tin Man
June 20th through October 8th
M Woods Art Museum, D-06, 798 Art Zone
Beijing, China

Artist aaajiao is selected along with other 11 artists to be included in the group exhibition “Heart of the Tin Man” in M Woods Museum, Beijing, dedicated to the digital age. Heart of the Tin Man brings together works consciously revealing, investigating or subverting current Internet or technological practices. Drawn predominantly from the M WOODS Collection and the post-internet focus of co-founder Michael Xufu Huang, the exhibition includes virtual reality, digital mechanics, and interactive works to stimulate our senses of sight, smell, touch, and sound, and to register emotion within a contemporary world increasingly governed by algorithms, measurements, and marketing.

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news | AAAJIAO IN UNREAL. THE ALGORITHMIC PRESENT AT HEK

aaajiao,"Limited Landscape, Unlimited Floating", 2017

Group Exhibition: unREAL. The Algorithmic Present
Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel, Switzerland
08 June through 20 August 2017 
 
 
Aaajiao is selected to be included in the group exhibition unREAL. The Algorithmic Present in House of Electronic Arts Basel. 
 
unREAL examines the complexity of our digital age, it is an exhibition that attempts to confront the digital present through the very means of technological intervention both as critical examination as well as alternative prospects. The twenty-four works in the exhibition by international artists underscore the often-hidden materiality of bits and bytes, bringing to the fore the algorithmic processes that constitute our digital present.

news | CITY OF STARS

 

Leo Xu Projects and Art Project CZ co-presents
Group Exhibition: City of Stars
April 19th through June 19th, 2017
MINGO
No. 1690 Huaihai Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai

 

The collaborative group exhibition “City of Stars” between Leo Xu Projects and Art Project CZ runs from April 19th to June 19th, 2017. The exhibition aims to capture the nightlife and living experience in the former French concession area in Shanghai, and to project a broader encapsulation of the Chinese youth’s status quo. Artists on view include aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Li Qing and Liu Shiyuan.

 

news | AAAJIAO AND LIU CHUANG IN SHANGHAI PROJECT CHAPTER 2

Shanghai Project Chapter 2
Envision 2116
Exhibition: “Seeds of Time”
April 22 – July 30, 2017

Venues: Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Envision Pavilion, Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Museum

 

Artists aaajiao and Liu Chuang are invited by Shanghai Project to participate in the exhibition’s second chapter as researchers. Curated by Yongwoo Lee and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Shanghai Project Chapter 2 exhibition ”Seeds of Time” will be inaugurated on April 22, 2017. Taking its title from the documentary of the same name, which shares the project’s call for action regarding the climate situation, the exhibition seeks to explore sustainability so as to better understand possible solutions for urgent environmental and social problems.

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news | PIXY LIAO: LADY AND GENTLEMAN AT GALLERI VASLI SOUZA

PIXY LIAO, "Family sushi", 2011

Lady and Gentleman
24 March – 22 April 2017
Galleri Vasli Souza, Malmö, Sweden
 

Pixy Liao’s solo show “Lady and Gentleman” is running at Galleri Vasli Souza, Malmö, Sweden from 24th of March through 22nd of April 2017.

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.

Lady and Gentleman showcases the alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships and inscribe how a man and a woman can exchange their roles and question the whole concept of “normal relationships”.

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news | CUI JIE IN PAST SKIN AT MoMA PS1

CUI JIE, S House #5, 2016

Past Skin
April 6 – September 10, 2017
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens
Long Island City, NY 11101

Cui Jie will participate in the group exhibition “Past Skin” at MoMA PS1, New York, running from April 6 to September 10, 2017. In today’s technological environment, we can style, extend, and broadcast ourselves at will, projecting into digital realms that in turn shape us. The six artists in ”Past Skin” take up science historian and cyber-feminist Donna Haraway’s provocation, “Why should our body end at the skin?,” testing the growing porosity between our bodies and habitats in a contemporary world where virtuality is ubiquitous and surreality is increasingly normalized. As much as we exert influence on our bodies and surroundings, the technologies that enable this influence also influence us. Details »

news | CHEN WEI: THE CLUB AT CCP MELBOURNE

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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