Folkestone Triennial 2014
August 30th through November 2nd, 2014
Gabriel Lester works in a range of media, initially focusing on music and progressing to film, installations and constructed environments. Lester’s work originates from a desire to tell stories, and construct environments that support these stories and propose their own narrative interpretation.
Cheng Ran: The Exchange Program
June 26th through July 1, 2014
AVIFF Art Film Festival (Cannes, France)
115 Pingwu Rd, Shanghai, China
Designed in 2008 as a contemporary art fair, “AVIFF-Art Film Festival” pays attention to films that can’t be easily defined. The films included are unique because they don’t correspond to any definitions the reviews would like to use,and it’s not possible to determine their meaning or the “genre” they belong to.The AVIFF is a walk in the garden of the Film that route in the landscape of Video-Art to discover or to find “another way of making films”.
Basement 6 Collective Shanghai and AVIFF Cannes present The Exchange Program (TEP), a two part program of video-art/film screenings. The screening is of AVIFF’s international film program, which is also shown during Cannes Film Festival in MayVisit B6C.
The 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House
September 5th through November 9th, 2014
Curator: Jessica Morgan
The 10th Gwangju Biennale will bring together 105 artists from 36 countries and will include 35 new commissions, each selected for their relevance to the theme of the Biennale, Burning Down the House. Details »
CHEN WEI, "In The Waves #5", 2013, Archival Inkjet Print, 180 x 225cm
Performance and Imagination: Chinese Photography 1911-2014
September 19th, 2014 through January 25th, 2015
Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway
Curator: Per Bjarne Boym
Works by Chinese photo artists from every decade of the 20th century are juxtaposed with works from the last five years by ten contemporary photo artists. This extensive exhibition makes its European debut in Stavanger abd offers a glimpse into a rich photographic tradition. Details »
LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The Dancing Partner)", 2012, Single channel video with sound, 5 min 15 sec
Untitled (Dancing Partners)
Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
July 1st through August 3rd, 2014
Curator: Fabienne Stephan
Untitled (Dancing Partner), 2010, by Chinese artist Liu Chuang is going to be displayed in Kunsthall Stavanger’s video room during the month of July. Part performance, part video work, the short five-minute single-channel recording ingeniously reveals the power of the majority over the individual, and the constant pressures to conform.
The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale: We Have Never Participated
May 16th through August 31st, 2014
OCT Contemporary Art Terminal
Building F2, Enping Street, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China,
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
Curator: Barbara Pollack
The Tampa Museum of Art 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. Details »
CHENG RAN, “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, 2009, Four channel video with sound, 10 min 12 sec
Now You See: New Chinese Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs
Whitebox Art Center, New York, United States
May 25th through June 15th, 2014
“Now You See” is the first exhibition in New York to survey the work of young Chinese video artists, through the eyes of the collector Dr. Michael I. Jacobs, who has been collecting Chinese video art in depth since 2010.The exhibition, drawn from his collection, brings together 21 rarely seen works by 11 young artists, mostly born in the 1980s, and includes multi-screen projective installations, animations, single screen projections and monitor works. Details »
LEANDRO ERLICH, "Bâtiment - Oi!", 2014, Site-specific installation, dimension variable
Oi!, 12 Oil St, North Point, Hong Kong, China
May 17th through August 7th, 2014
In the exhibition of Reflection!, Leandro Erlich from Argentina and Meta4 Design Forum and Kingsley Ng from Hong Kong construct a point of convergence for reality and fabricated imagery through installations, sound and vision.
LIU CHUANG, "Love Story", 2008, Mixed media installation (used books), dimension variable
SALON 94 (Freemans), New York
May 7th through June 21st, 2014
The first US solo exhibition of conceptual Chinese artist Liu Chuang 刘窗 is presented in Salon94. Known for his critical projects that engage the social, economic, and political realities of contemporary China, his practice is made up of quiet interventions and accumulations into the public sphere. Often Chuang sites and gathers specific personal details in order to reveal voices and inner secrets, dreams and daily routines.
LI QING, "Neighbour's Window London Style", 2013, mixed media installation
Criss-Cross: Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection
Gallery 1, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
December 19th, 2013 through April 15th, 2014
A truth that we can realize from art history is that young artists not only represent the reality of artistic creation, but also embody the future trends of art development. In particular, artistic creation has moved into a new historical period since the 21st century. Globalization and information acceleration emphasizes global culture exchanges and advance together in artistic creation; in the meantime, it reinforces individual differences and multiple attitudes as well. Although opinions vary on value evaluation, consensus on art tendency, cultural attitude and methodology, which are unprecedented complicated and confused, artworks of young artists are increasingly showing its vitality, so that their creative capacity is gaining extensive attention. It may be believed that only to follow these constantly advancing forces, that people can face future challenges and meet opportunities to change the world beyond cultural barriers and stereotypes. Details »
GUO HONGWEI, Into the Void #3, 2014, collage on paper, 35.4 x 55 cm
Frieze New York
Randall’s Island, Manhattan
May 9th through 12th, 2014
Preview Thursday May 8th, 11am – 9pm
LEO XU PROJECTS is proud to announce our second participation in Frieze New York at Randall’s Island, running from May 8th through 12th, 2014. At booth B33, we will be exhibiting a solo project by Beijing-based young artist Guo Hongwei.
Entitled “Miss Oyu (Oyu-Sama)”, the presentation revisits the eponymous film by celebrated Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956), which explores the relationship between affairs of the heart and the social mores that define a people and a time. Guo samples and reorganizes elements within each frame, creating space within space, introducing new perspective to the image. The result is a dual-channel video, a body of collages on paper, scrolls and sculptures, all involving characters and scenes identical to the original, but with varied narratives and altered concepts. Guo’s approach translates the love affairs of Miss Oyu into a transcendental psychoanalytic journey.
Installation view, Solo show "Simply Wild", Art Basel Hong Kong,1D51
May 15th through 18th, 2014
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
1 Harbour Rd, Hong Kong
Cheng Ran’s solo show Simply Wild at LEO XU PROJECTS’s booth 1D 51 for Art Basel HK 2014, consisting of five works in various media—video, mixed media installation and photograph, etc., revolves around a spam e-mail he received from an anonymous woman. Recently made during his artist residency at Rijksakademie, Netherlands, this show reflects a refreshing artistic practice and insight in his ovoure.
HEIDI VOET, "Is six afraid of seven/ 'cause seven, eight, nine/ I'm about to lose the pieces I find", 2011, digital watches with sound, 310×660 cm
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 »
February 22nd through April 30th, 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.
The 8 of Paths
April 29th through July 13th, 2014
Uferstraße 8, 13357 Berlin
GABRIEL LESTER, "Where Spirits Dwell", 2014, mixed media installation, dimensions variable
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 »
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.
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 »
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.