Always shrouded in a layer of wit, the work of Pixy Yijun Liao constantly blurs the lines between her personal and public spheres. Using mainly photography – on top of her wide range of readymade sculpture and performative video work – Liao challenges the perceived identities of various modern entities, be it the “female experience”, the “couple”, or the “artist”. Taking incidents from her real life as a foundation for her artistic creation, Liao stages carefully composed works often featuring her own person or those close to her – such as her partner in long-term project Experimental Relationship (2007-present) – as to create her signature playful, humorous and sometimes even slightly dark images. Influenced by the 20th century’s New American Color Photography, her inquisitive creative nature lends itself a means to question the issues of interpersonal hierarchy and gender identity within the cross-cultural societies and communities within the artist’s life.
Born and raised in Shanghai, Pixy Yijun Liao is currently based in Brooklyn, after moving to the USA to complete her MFA in Photography at the University of Memphis. Liao is a recipient of the NYFA Fellowship in photography, and in 2013 she received the 1st Place Prize in the Lucie Awards’ Self Portrait category, and in the same year won the LensCulture Exposure 2nd Prize. Her works have been collected by the Franklin Furnace Archive, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Fort Wayne Museum of Arts, The Kinsey Institute, and The Center of Photography at Woodstock among others.
Pixy Liao’s works have been exhibited internationally with various institutions and museums. Selected group exhibitions include “When We Became Us”, CAPSULE Shanghai, Shanghai (2016); “Bagism”, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); “WECHAT – A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art” curated by Barbara Pollack and Asia Society Texas Centre, Huston and Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Middletown (2016); “The Real Thing”, Flowers Gallery, New York (2016); “EVIDENCE”, FORMAT Festival, Derby (2015); “Double Vision” curated by Boyi Feng, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (2014); “Span of Vision” from VT Gallery, Taipei (2012), etc,. Her recent solo exhibitions include “Some Words Are Just Between Us”, First Draft Gallery, Sydney (2016); “Experimental Relationship”, Circuitous Succession Gallery, Memphis (2015); “Let’s Make Love”, Camera Club of New York, New York (2013); “Memphis, Tennessee”, Chinese America Art Council, New York (2011); “Experimental Relationship”, Adam Shaw Gallery, Memphis (2008).
Pixy Liao now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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“Some words are just between us” curated by Sophia Cai, First Draft Gallery, Sydney, 2016
“Experimental Relationship”, Circuitous Succession Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2015
“Bagsim” curated by Elisabeth Azoulay, Penny Liu, Shaway Yeh, chi K11 Art Museum in Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 2016
“WECHAT – A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art” curated by Barbara Pollack, Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX, 2016
“The Real Thing”, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY, 2016
“No Holds Barred—Young Contemporary Art from China” curated by Boyi Feng and Lars Jonnson, OPEN ART Biennial, Örebro, Sweden, 2015
“EVIDENCE”, FORMAT Festival, Derby, UK, 2015
“Engendered”, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 2015
“Double Vision”, curated by Boyi Feng, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China, 2014
“Latent Talent”, curated by Jesús Micó, SCAN-Tarragona 2014, Tarragona, Spain, 2014
“An Ocean of Possibilities”, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Fries Museum, the Netherlands, 2014
“Summer Open”, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY, 2014
“THREE” curated by Elisabeth Biondi, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2014
Asian Art News, “Pixy Liao at Leo Xu Projects”, by Arthur Solway, September, 2016 [download_pdf]
Peril Magazine, “Location, the Female Gaze and the Warmth of the Internet”, by Kathleen Linn, August, 2016 [download link]
FBi, “THE HANGING: SOME WORDS ARE JUST BETWEEN US BY PIXY LIAO”, by Lachlan Herd, August, 2016 [download link]
FIRSTDRAFT solo show interview, ”Some Words Are Just Between Us”, by Sophia Cai, August, 2016 [download link]
Asia Society, “Interview: Pixy Yijun Liao”, by Nikki Tripp, April, 2016 [download link]
Newfound, ”Experimental Relationship”, by Courtney Simchak, March, 2016 [download pdf]
Culture Stories, “Artist Pixy Liao discusses her ongoing series Experimental Relationship with her real life partner”, by Caitlin Robinson, March, 2016 [download pdf]
Juxtapoz Magazine, ”THE REAL THING” @ Flowers Gallery, February, 2016 [download pdf]
This is Paper, “The alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships by Pixy Liao”, by Tasya Kudryk, February, 2016 [download pdf]
Beyond Chinatown, “The Real and the Unreal: Pixy Liao’s “Experimental Relationship””, by Hansi Liao, February, 2016 [download pdf]
Artforum, “Critics’ Pick: “The Real Thing”", by Lara Atallah, February, 2016 [download pdf]
Feature Shoot, “NEW PHOTO EXHIBITION PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF FEMININITY AND GENDER ROLES”, by Efrem Zelony-Mindell, February, 2016 [download pdf]
Huffington Post, “Female Photographers Discuss The Real Anxieties Of Being Women”, by Priscilla Frank, February, 2016 [download pdf]
PDN, “Constructing and Deconstructing Romance”, by Rebecca Robertson, February, 2016 [download pdf]
BAD LUCK, “Pixy Yijun Liao”, by Nathan McLaren-Stewart, January, 2016 [download pdf]
The Creators Project Vice, ”Female Photographers Tackle Gender Roles and Relationships”, by Gabrielle Bruney, January, 2016 [download pdf]
Musée Magazine, ”The Real Thing at Flowers Gallery”, by Ashley Comer, January, 2016 [download link]
Wallpaper, ”In pictures: the W* photography desk’s daily digest of visual inspiration”, by Elly Parsons, January, 2016 [download pdf]
i-D Vice, ”Four female photographers explore sex and gender in new group show”, by Emily Manning, January, 2016 [download pdf]
Cool Hunting, ”The Real Thing at NYC’s Flowers Gallery”, by Nara Shin, January, 2016 [download pdf]
It’s Nice That, ”Pixy Yijun Liao’s strange photography challenges what relationships and love should be”, by Emily Gosling, January, 2016 [download pdf]