news | CHENG RAN IN PERSPECTIVE 180: UNFINISHED COUNTRY – NEW VIDEO FROM CHINA

Cheng Ran: Perspectives 180: Unfinished Country – New Video From China

November 2nd, 2012 through February 17th, 2013
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston(CAMH)
5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston, USA

Since the introduction of market-based economic reforms in 1978, China has become the world’s fastest growing economy. Parallel to this economic growth has been the unprecedented production of art. While the majority of contemporary art practices have centered upon the traditional genres of painting and sculpture, the expansion of work in video and new media has been rapidly evolving. Perspectives 180-Unfinished Country: New Video from China presents a cross-section of work by a new generation of artists from China working in video and video installation. Details »

news | MICHAEL LIN AT PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

Installation view, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, 2012-2013

FreePort [No. 005]: Michael Lin
March 22, 2012 through May 27, 2013
Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts
Located in the: Asian Export Art: China, Mellon Staircase and Galleries

 
Michael Lin delves into the Peabody Essex Museum’s renowned collection of Asian Export Art to animate the history of trade between China and the West. Part display and part performance, the show includes dramatic ornamental murals, photographs, prints, specially commissioned vases, and a large-scale installation of hundreds of replicas of ‘Mr. Nobody’, which is a key object in PEM’s Asian Export Collection and dates from 1690 and is one of the first depictions of a European in Chinese porcelain.

“Michael Lin’s artwork eloquently explores cultural translation, craftsmanship and commerce. Lin’s installation at PEM vividly connects east and west, past and present by animating global trade relationships established 300 years ago and playfully redefining what Asian Export Art looks like today.” Comments Trevor Smith, PEM’s Curator of Contemporary Art.
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news | LI QING & GUO HONGWEI IN SHANGHAI BIENNALE 2012

LI QING, "A Buddha Factory at the Riverside", 2012, Oil on canvas, 240 x 408 cm

October 2nd, 2012 through March 31st, 2013

Li Qing and Guo Hongwei are featured in the 9th Shanghai Biennale, running from October 2nd, 2012 through March 31st, 2013.

Curated by Qiu Zhijie, Boris Groys, Jens Hoffmann, and Johnson Chang, this Biennale, titled ‘Reactivation’, looks into artists’ practices that motivate the public, revisit/rewrite history, convert and transform energy and organize dialogues and communications respectively. In the section of ‘Revisit’, Li Qing presents a selection of large paintings from his recent series ‘Book of Creation–Reincarnation’, which is a time capsule that investigates the overlooked history of contemporary society and civilization, through a series of portraits of sacred and historical objects against transforming landscapes.

In the City Pavilion of Palermo, Guo Hongwei, who is inspired by his visit to this ancient city, exhibits a special diptych that comprises one photorealistic painting on wall and one extensive layer of acrylic paint on the floor. With Guo’s idiosyncratic sculptural brushwork, ‘A Page of Ocean’ (2011) emancipates the images of infinite wavy ocean from the frames and re-imagines the time and space.
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past | MICHAEL LIN: SHANGHAI DAILY

MICHAEL LIN, '"Shanghai Daily", 2012, Exhibition invite card, collage on paper

September 7th through October 23rd, 2012

The first solo project of Michael Lin at LEO XU PROJECTS explores the artist’s interest in a dialogue between the graphic, medium and social context. Transforming his signature floral pattern painting typical of local aesthetics and tradition into extensive wallpaper covering contemporary gallery space, the show starts with ideas of artistic intervention with the architectural space and fengshui, and consequently evolves into a laboratory of print-making.

Raised in Taiwan, Lin (b. 1964 in Tokyo) lives between Brussels, Shanghai and Taipei. Lin creates paintings and site-specific installations that appropriate images and products from the regional cultures and histories, and reflect upon the quotidian reality shaped by today’s cultures and policies.

Michael Lin has been included in many international museum shows and biennales, for instance, “The Spectacle of the Everyday” (Biennale de Lyon, France, 2009), “Super Fengshui” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2008), Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art (Moscow, 2007), “Notre Histoire” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2006), “Spring 2003″ (Palais de Tokyo, Site de Creation Contemporaine, Paris, 2003), “Bibliotherapy” (with Remy Markowitsch, Kuntsmuseum, Lucerne, 2003), “International:Liverpool Biennial” (Liverpool, 2002), “The Gravity of the Immaterial” (Total Museum, Seoul, 2002), 7th Istanbul Biennal (Istanbul, 2002), “The Gravity of the Immaterial” (Institute of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 2001), 49th Biennial of Venice, Taiwan Pavilion (Venice, 2001), “The Sky is the Limit” (Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2000), etc. His recent solo exhibitions include “Model Home: A Proposition by Michael Lin” (Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2012), “Michael Lin: A Modest Veil” (Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2010), “Michael Lin” (Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2005), among many others.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

 

past | LIU CHUANG: WORKS #16-21

LIU CHUANG, Works #16-21, 2012, installation view

September 7th through October 23rd, 2012

Beijing-based conceptualist Liu Chuang’s first solo presentation in Shanghai, this exhibition presents Liu’s latest series of works titled successively from “No.16″ to “21″. Centerpieces of the exhibition are site-specific installations that create a show in limbo where the artist challenges the norms of exhibition-making and spectator’s anticipation. Other works include a set of found books with hand-written stories by random readers.

Born in 1978 in Hubei, Liu Chuang produces works with subtlety and sensibility, which brings together institutional critique and social intervention. Liu has exhibited extensively at various institutions and galleries, among many others, “Image-History-Existence: Taikang Art Collection” (National Art Museum Of China, Beijing, 2011), “51m2:16 Emerging Chinese Artists” (Taikang space, Beijing, 2011), “CAFAM Biennale: Super-organism” (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2011), “Moving Image In China:1988-2011″ (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2011), “China Power Station” (Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, 2010), “Studies & Theory” (Kwadrat, Berlin, 2010), “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” (New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2009).

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

 

news | CHENG RAN IN THE 1st CAFAM FUTURE

Cheng Ran: The 1st CAFAM FUTURE

August 8th through September 6th, 2012
CAFA Art Museum
No.8 Hua Jia Di Nan St., Chao Yang District, Beijing, China

The “CAFAM • Future” Exhibition, initiated by the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and organized by CAFA Art Museum, was officially launched in February 2012. The Exhibition aims to encourage young people’s exploration into artistic language and new ideas, finding and supporting talented young artists in China, establishing a database of young Chinese artists, as well as improving the social impact and awareness of contemporary art both in Chinese and international art fields, so as to create a core platform for promoting the art of young Chinese people.
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news | GABRIEL LESTER AT dOCUMENTA (13)

GABRIEL LESTER, "Transition 2012", 2012, installation view at dOCUMENTA (13)

Gabriel Lester participates in dOCUMENTA (13). The exhibition runs from June 9th through September 16th 2012, in Kassel, Germany.

For dOCUMENTA (13), Gabriel Lester produced two site-specific projects, continuing his experiments in time and space and probing possibilities of cross edits and cinematic repertoire. Located in Karlsaue Park, “Transition 2012” (2012) is an architectural sculpture in shape of a curved tunnel about 5/8 of a circle and 5/8 in diameter. The work borrows its title from a cinema term that indicates a technique of film editing by which scenes or shots are combined. “Transition 2012” is a punctuation mark and functions as a narrative instrument, as the artist comments. It materializes the fade-in and fade-out, and represents a cinematographic passage from one scene to another. Leading the viewer through a transient moment of black-out, the tunnel reveals how the angle of perception is reversed, and becomes a metaphor for day and night, life and death, or despair and hope.

Also on view is “Kaufhaus Incidentals—Music for Department Stores” (2012) a sound project at the SinnLeffers, the department store in the immediate vicinity of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum. A research on silent film score database conducted (between 2011 and 2012) led the artist to discover about twenty compositions listed at the Amsterdam Film Museum under the category of “thoughts”, which were presumably used to underscore scenes in silent films of actors’ thinking, pondering, plotting, conniving, or daydreaming. This inspired a recording of music for thoughts—16 tracks selected by Gabriel Lester and John Snijders—which are installed in and outside the SinnLeffers. During the one hundred days of dOCUEMNTA (13), the increase of sales at the department store is anticipated, and the sound intervention lends an atmospheric layer of contemplation to a site where people are stimulated to think whilst engaged in business and consumption.

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news | SH CONTEMPORARY 2012 ART FAIR IN SHANGHAI

CUI JIE, 'Escalator', 2012, Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm

Booth M02 in the Main Hall
Venue: Shanghai Exhibition Centre, 1000 Middle Yan An Road, Shanghai
Public dates: September 7th through 9th, 2012, 11am-6pm.
Professional preview and opening vernissage: September 6th, 2012, 5-10pm.

LEO XU PROJECTS is very pleased to announce our art fair debut at SH Contemporary 2012, running from September 7th to 9th 2012, with a professional preview and opening vernissage on the 6th.

At booth M02, in the Main Hall, LEO XU PROJECTS will feature works by Cui Jie, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Gabriel Lester, Li Qing, Li Shurui, Michael Lin, and Liu Chuang.

The booth’s centerpieces include a fine selection of color photographs produced by Chen Wei, between 2007 and 2012, that follow his recent critically acclaimed solo exhibition at the gallery. Also on display will be a set of Cui Jie’s new paintings that explores cityscape and architectural structures. Guo Hongwei will feature a new suite of watercolors from his series that depicts a collection of specimens.
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news | SUB-PHENOMENA AT CAFA ART MUSEUM

August 8th through September 6th, 2012
CAFA Art Museum, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Gallery artists Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Cui Jie, Li Qing and Liu Chuang participate in the first “CAFA·Future” exhibition titled “Sub-phenomena”.

Curated by Xu Bing and Alexandra Munroe, the show survey the art expressions of a younger generation in China who work in a fast transforming social context and are inspired by new media and unprecedented lifestyle. More information on this exhibition, please visit CAFA Art Museum’s website.

 

past | CHEN WEI: MORE

CHEN WEI, "Ping Pong", 2011, archival inkjet print, 150 x 200 cm, edition of 6

June 3rd through to August 5th, 2012
VIP Reception June 3rd, 2012, 4-6pm

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present “More” for the first solo presentation of Beijing-based photographer Chen Wei since 2009. Set across the gallery’s three floor, this exhibition features an extensive body of Chen Wei’s work from the recent few years. Exploring the development of his photographic practices, the show follows his previously complex cinematic and narrative pieces, to his present larger focus on the artist’s handcrafted quotidian objects within a more simplistic works evocative of theatrical sets and still life painting. Furthermore, this exhibition also provides a rare performative insight into Chen Wei’s experimental processes of artistic production.

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past | CHENG RAN: WHAT WHY HOW

CHENG RAN, "1971 - 2000", 2012, Single channel video with sound, 7 min 47 sec, Edition of 6

April 22nd through May 27th, 2012

“Cheng Ran: What Why How” is the first solo exhibition in Shanghai of Hangzhou-based Cheng Ran, a young artist critically acclaimed for his distinctive visual language and style that connects the cinema with relevant cultures of the time. The show runs from April 22nd through May 27th 2012, and will be accompanied by a catalogue and off-site projects initiated and produced by the artist.

Titled after a video Cheng Ran made in 2010, the exhibition “What Why How” premieres four latest videos produced over the past year. “What Why How”, as the artist observes, refers to both a pattern for study and the analytical thinking adopted in the stock market. Parodying the way Western films’ titles are translated into Chinese in Hong Kong, Cheng Ran transliterated this three-word term and lends it identity of a fictional male character. As the video “What Why How” examines the significance of life and belief through the protagonist repeatedly questioning and conversing with himself, the show—with a deliberate absence of this eponymous video—continues the artist’s recent probe and narrows the focus onto his philosophy of motion pictures.

For this exhibition, the ground floor gallery is transformed into a cinema with presentation of two single-channel videos that mark the centerpieces of the show. “1971-2000” (2012) opens up a box of memories of the cinematic classics that have left enormous impact on Cheng and his peers who would access contemporary cinema through second-hand resources, bootleg products and much recently the internet. Appropriating iconic elements from “A Clockwork Orange” (Stanely Kubrick, 1971) and “The Million Dollar Hotel” (Wim Wenders, 2000), the artist created a new film of a young man throwing himself off the rooftop, which however reconciles the contradicting beliefs and viewpoints in these two classics.

The other video “Angels for the Millennium (#6)” (2012) filmed an unlikely rescue in deep water. When projected upside down, the whole process—the drowning man ascends peacefully and slowly, later attended by lifeguards—only makes for a tranquil and sacred rite. Mimicking Bill Viola’s historic video installation “Five Angels for the Millennium” (2001), the work voices the response of Cheng Ran as a young Chinese artist to the parameter of video art set by Western pioneers, whose works are more read and heard about among the Chinese. The video also references the British thriller “The Prisoner” (Patrick McGoohan, 1967), in which the protagonist a secret agent named “Number Six” makes every effort of escaping the mysteriously isolated dystopian “village” he is held captive in. Confessional and redemptive, Cheng’s Angel Number Six marks the line between belief and indoctrination.

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past | BOY: A CONTEMPORARY PORTRAIT

JÉRÔME BEL, "Cédric Andrieux", 2009, Video, 87 min 49 sec

February 19th through April 8th, 2012

Artists: Jérôme Bel, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Hu Xiangqian, Li Qing, Liu Chuang, Mei Yuangui, Wolfgang Tillmans, Fred Tomaselli, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Danh Vo, Yang Fudong, Zhou Haiying.

“Boy: A Contemporary Portrait” juxtaposes recent and commissioned new works by contemporary visual artists with a selection of works of contemporary dance, fashion photography and mid-20th century’s documentary photography, etc.

Boy, as Oxford Dictionary suggests, also refers to “a man, especially a young or relatively young one”. The first decade of the 21st century sees a transforming representation of men in different cultures, media and regions. This exhibition attempts to portray young men of the time and to redefine the manhood within a global context.

Since the early 1990s, celebrated German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has been exploring—through his photographs and his involvement in publication—the range of gestures and physicality that have become the distinguishing characteristics of young men in visual culture. His wall installation on view comprises of eight representative photographs he made between 2000 and 2010. Through his signature way of display, the set of photographs constitutes a visual fiction in a first-person narrative that reveals the emotional, sensual and intellectual aspects of young men’s life. Intimate and earnest, French choreographer Jérôme Bel’s critically acclaimed “Cédric Andrieux” (2009) provides a choreographed account that portrays a contemporary dancer’s life and career and outlines the relationship between the performer and the dance as a medium.

The exhibition includes a series of male portraits that are multifaceted and conceptual. Beijing-based Liu Chuang’s “Buying Everything On You” (2007) assembles all the possessions he acquired from a passer-by, which are laid out on a plinth in a way reminiscent of taxonomical or criminal research. Danh Vo, a Vietnamese-born conceptual artist produced specifically for the show a gilded Bud Light beer packaging (“Bud Lite”, 2012) and makes it a metaphor for the experience of being a young man in the consumer culture. “Faith” (2006) a double-channel video installation commissioned for Liverpool Biennale 2006, continues the award-winning Thai filmmaker and video artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s experiment in visualizing a man’s innermost world. “Faith is a tender portrait of lost love and transformation. Surrounded by perpetual change and the fear of new memories replacing old, a man dreams for an eternal place, where the image of his loved ones can live on,” the artist comments. In his commissioned new work, Hangzhou-based video artist Cheng Ran filmed a lone man driving a car donned in flowers on a night journey. The piece references Derek Jarman’s film “Blue” and his diary “Modern Nature”, and pays homage to the late British filmmaker.

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artist talk | GABRIEL LESTER ON TIMESPACE

GABRIEL LESTER, How To Act, 2011, installation view at Booijmans Museum, Rotterdam

March 16th, 2012, 7pm
Rockbund Art Museum Shanghai
Bldg/F, 570 West Huaihai Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai

As part of the exhibition “Model Home: A Proposition By Michael Lin” program, Gabriel Lester will be giving a talk on the time and space relationship.

Titled “TimeSpace”, a term indicating the three-dimensions of space supplemented with the fourth dimension of time, the talk will focus on Gabriel Lester’s spatial installations. These artworks, resembling cinematic stage sets, architectural design and interior settings, strongly suggest movement and dramatic evolution. Recognizing life asprogressions through time and space, the lecture will also address narrative structures, the constitution of memory and a psychology of space.

 

offsite | PROJECTS AT ROCKBUND ART MUSEUM

CHENG RAN, Dark Red (The Deepest Red), 2012, Ten-channel video installation, dimension variable

 
LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to announce its curatorial collaboration and off-site projects within Michael Lin’s solo exhibition “Model Home” at Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai. Gallery artist Cheng Ran is commissioned to produce a body of videos for the show and a sound project is curated by Leo Xu to extend the exhibition into a subtle soundscape.

Titled “Dark Red (The Deepest Red)”, Cheng Ran’s ambitious ten-channel video installation brings together video documentation of the production of Michael Lin’s “Model Home” and footages on the architectural environment and people involved. The ten videos are scattered within six floors of the entire museum space and presented in various forms.

The sound project includes a sound-and-music album and a commissioned new ambient sound installation by Shanghai-based artist Lou Nanli that takes up each gallery space. The album contains a multimedia application—a collaboration between Shanghai-based media artist Xu Wenkai (aka. aaajiao) and Lou Nanli—and a compilation of music and songs by musicians and artists reflecting on living experience in Shanghai.

As part of the exhibition’s program, Shanghai-based Dutch artist Gabriel Lester will be giving a talk on the time and space relationship. The talk takes place on March 16, 7pm at the Rockbund Art Museum. The talk will be delivered in English with a Chinese translation.

LOU NANLI & aaajiao, A Room in Stripes, 2012, Multimedia computer application

MODEL HOME: A PROPOSITION BY MICHAEL LIN
March 10th through June 3rd, 2012
Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

 
For further information, please contact the gallery info@leoxuprojects.com and phone: +86-21-3461 1245.

 

news | CHENG RAN IN THE EXHIBITION BECOMING PENINSULA I: SYMPTOMS

CHENG RAN, Anonymity, or Imitation and Imagining of Man Ray’s Tears, 2010, Single channel video with sound, 11 min 33 sec

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
March 3rd through April 3rd, 2012

Cheng Ran is featured in a group exhibition at Iberia Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Entitled “Becoming Peninsula I: Symptoms”, the exhibition surveys the artistic practices of young Chinese artists born around the early 1980s.

“Anonymity, or Imitation and Imagining of Man Ray’s ‘Tears’ (1930-1932)” the work on view is a video Cheng Ran produced in memory of the late British designer Alexander McQueen. Through alternating Vivaldi music and the repetitive sound of gentle waves lapping the shore, the video starts with a long shot observing—in a fashion reminiscent of Luchino Visconti’s “Death in Venice”—a scantily clad boy standing statue-like on a rock and winds up with a close-up of the boy’s face dotted with fake pearls appropriated from the teardrops in Man Ray’s photograph “Tears”.

The video was commissioned for “Alex: A Tribute to Alexander McQueen”, a group exhibition curated by Leo Xu (James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, 2010), and later exhibited in the show “In A Perfect World…” curated by James Elaine (Meulensteen, New York, 2011).

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past | CUI JIE, LI SHURUI, ZHANG JUNGANG & LI JIE

Cui Jie, Bar, 2011, Oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm

December 3rd 2011 through February 5th 2012

Artists: Cui Jie, Li Shurui, Zhang Jungang & Li Jie

“Cui Jie, Li Shurui, Zhang Jungang & Li Jie” features recent works by Beijing-based Cui Jie and Li Shurui and Harbin-based duo Zhang Jungang & Lijie, and gives a perceptive account of the relationship between their life and contemporary landscape.

Known for her early works that question the truth in reality through unlikely marriage of images on canvas (for instance, an astronaut walking in Forbidden City, or a group of beauty queens posing for photo shoot in the Moon), Cui Jie has steered her focus to the study of forms and figure-ground relationship by a body of new paintings that magnify architectural details. Inspired by the multiple exposures in Orson Welles’ films, Cui painted a world composed of fragments from urban landscape and, in a few cases, layers of grids, lines and other graphic patterns. Though set in Beijing, subjects in her landscape paintings look like elsewhere in any possible contemporary cities, representing a sense of déjà vu and alienation.

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news | CUI JIE NAMED ONE OF THE FIVE CHINA’S RISING ART STARS

Cui Jie is recently selected as one of the five promising Chinese contemporary artists by Wall Street Journal. Cui Jie’s recent work, described as “dystopian scene” by WSJ, “evokes the painterly eeriness of German artists Gerhard Richter and Neo Rauch.” [read on]

In Bundpic’s recent issue (# 472), Cui Jie speaks about her career and life in Beijing. The two-page interview reveals the change of style and subjects in Cui’s painting and the artist’s current interest in urbanism. [full text in Chinese]

 

 

news | GABRIEL LESTER COLLABORATES ON THE RE-DESIGN OF ONE UN’S LOUNGE

Amsterdam and Shanghai-based artist Gabriel Lester , as a member of the interdisciplinary team of Irma Boom (graphic designer), Hella Jongerius (designer), Rem Koolhaas/OMA (architect) and Louise Schouwenberg (theoretician), has won the competition for the re-design of the UN’s North Delegates Lounge, one of the most prestigious and crucial spaces in the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Located near the General Assembly’s main plenary hall and enjoying a view of the East River, the space serves as a meeting place for thousands of policymakers and diplomats from the 192 UN’s member states. Four teams were asked to submit designs. To continue the tradition of the UN buildings originally designed by a team of well-known architects, including Wallace K. Harrison, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, the winning team takes an interdisciplinary approach that centers on the original 1950s design and “combines a thorough architectural overhaul with a subtle use of materials and furnishings”. The renovation will be completed by the end of 2012.

Gabriel Lester (b.1972 in Amsterdam) works across various disciplines including cinema, music, performance, installation, sculpture and architecture. Atmospheric and perceptual, many of Lester’s works evolve around the very nature of the media of our time, and transform the space and time through meticulously altering the media and forms. “All Right” (2011), a re-production of his contribution to Busan Biennale 2006, is a short film solely composed of images and video clips found online. It was produced for the gallery’s inaugural exhibition “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”. His work is currently on view in the group show “TV Commune” (through January 24, 2012) at Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea.

 

 

artist talk | APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

image courtesy of Kick the Machine Films.

November 19th, 2011, 1 pm

Venue: Rockbund Art Museum, Auditorium
Associate Mission Building, 1F, No 169 Yuan Ming Yuan Road

Free of admission

Through a multimedia presentation, the talk explores the career of award-winning filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul and his works that cross over various disciplines including cinema, video, photography, installation, etc,

Born in 1970 in Bangkok, Apichatpong Weerasethakul was trained in architecture and went on to study filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He started making films and videos in 1994, and has since produced seven features, namely, “Mysterious Object at Noon” (2000), “Blissfully Yours” (2002), “Tropical Malady” (2004), “Syndromes and a Century” (2006), and “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (2010), in addition to his video and installation works exhibited in museums, biennales and galleries. Mostly set in the depth of forests and rural areas of Thailand, Weerasethakul’s works are known for his idiosyncratic narrative and visual language that are inspired by Thai folklore, TV soap operas and Western cinema. Subtle and mysterious, they create intersections where the immediate reality and the surreal (at times utopian) collide, and address the personal politics and social issues.

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offsite | CHEN WEI: TIGHT ROPE


October 22nd through November 6th, 2011

Venue: Yokohama Creativecity Center