Pixy Liao

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BIOGRAPHY | SELECTED WORKS | RECENT EXHIBITIONS | SELECTED PRESS | INTERVIEW
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BIOGRAPHY

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 photographs have been exhibited internationally with various institutions and museums. Selected group exhibitions include “Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence”, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China, 2017; “Bagism”, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); “WECHAT – A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art” curated by Barbara Pollack, Asia Society Texas Centre, Houston 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 “Lady and Gentleman”, Galleri Vasli Souza, Malmo (2017); “Venus As A Boy”, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai (2016); “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.

Download the complete artist biography.

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SELECTED WORKS

PIXY LIAO, "Start your day with a good breakfast", 2009, C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Massage Time", 2015, C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Moro by the Pond", 2010, Inkjet Print

PIXY LIAO, "I can tell that your heart is fogged", 2012, C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Japanese Room I, 2015, C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Family Sushi", 2011, C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Hug", 2010, C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Hang in there", 2015, Inkjet Print

PIXY LIAO, "3rd Eye", 2013, C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", 2015, C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Kiss Exam", 2015, Inkjet print

PIXY LIAO, "Ping Pong Balls", 2013, Digital C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Toddland", 2012, Digital C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Play station", 2013, C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Men as bags", 2016, Fabric, thread, cotton

PIXY LIAO, "Walking with My Man", 2016, Single channel video with sound, 3 min

PIXY LIAO, "A Collection of Penises", 2013

PIXY LIAO, "Things We Talk About", 2013, Digital C-Print

PIXY LIAO, "Spit", 2014, C-Print

For more works and projects by the artist, download the portfolio in pdf.

For details of PIXY LIAO’s “A Collection of Penises”, download the PDF profile.

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RECENT EXHIBITIONS

“Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence”, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, 2017
“Lady and Gentleman”(solo), Galleri Vasli Souza, Malmo, Sweden,2017
“Venus as a Boy”(solo), LEO XU PROJECTS, Shanghai, China,2016
“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

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SELECTED PRESS

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]

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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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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 | 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 | 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, 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.

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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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