何翔宇:乌龟,狮子和熊
He Xiangyu: Turtle, Lion and Bear

He Xiangyu: Turtle, Lion and Bear Poster

Qiao Space and White Cube are pleased to announce He Xiangyu’s first solo presentation in Shanghai. Taking place at Qiao Space in the Xuhui District, the exhibition includes the expansive video installation Turtle, Lion and Bear and works that extend He’s ongoing ‘Lemon Paintings’ series, for the former, it is the first time to be presented in China. In keeping with He’s dynamic and experimental practice, the works shown at Qiao Space are rooted in the artist’s interest in sensory perception and in developing visual devices to influence and disrupt the viewer’s reactions to his work. The ideas and responses prompted by He’s work in turn raise broader questions regarding notions of consciousness, selfhood and identity.

Qiao Space Exterior

The installation Turtle, Lion and Bear (2015) consists of a configuration of vitrines in which monitors display multiple videos showing people and animals yawning. It was originally shown at the Biennale de Lyon, France in 2015. Screened within a dark room, this video immediately absorbs the viewer and implicates them in the never-ending cycle of yawning due to the infectious nature of this unconscious action.

Installation: Turtle, Lion and Bear

He Xiangyu’s preoccupation with the mouth as the site through which stimuli are transmitted is further explored in the new ‘Lemon Paintings’ shown alongside Turtle, Lion and Bear. Similar to his previous ‘Lemon Flavored’ series, the artist covers the majority of each canvas with bright yellow paint, prompting an instinctive acidic reaction within the viewer’s mouth. Small sections of each canvas are left blank, where the artist has drawn a simple pencil outline of a lemon, thereby creating a field of white-colored citrus forms. Due to the way in which He has intentionally arranged these forms in order to deny a natural resting point for the eye can focus on, the lemons appear to jump and vibrate on the canvas.

Lemon Painting series

Alongside the ‘Lemon Paintings’ the artist also presents a group of works on paper that offer an insight into the research and ideas that lie behind these paintings, while also perhaps suggestive of the future techniques that He will deploy in order to confound and challenge.

Installation: Turtle, Lion and Bear

乔空间正在展出何翔宇在上海的首次个展“乌龟、狮子和熊”。此次展出的作品包括:综合视频装置《乌龟、狮子和熊》以及艺术家正在进行中的柠檬系列绘画等,前者是该作品在中国的首次呈现。乔空间此次展出的作品保持着何翔宇在创作实践中一贯的张力和实验性,他由感知出发,试图创造出能够干涉、影响观众反应的视觉装置,从而更为广泛地探索意识、自我和身份的概念。

Lemon Painting series

Lemon Painting series

《乌龟、狮子和熊》 这件装置作品由多件玻璃柜中人和动物打哈欠的视频组成。这件作品曾首次在2015年的法国里昂双年展展出,在黑暗的展厅中,立刻抓住观众的注意力,而打哈欠这种无意识的嘴部动作所具有的“传染性”,通过无限循环的哈欠影像,潜移默化地影响着观众。

Study for the Lemon Paintings

Study for the Lemon Paintings

何翔宇对口腔作为传递刺激的感官始终保持着深入关注,在与《乌龟、狮子和熊》一同展出的全新柠檬绘画中,对此进行了更深入的探索。与他之前的“柠檬口味(Lemon Flavored)”系列作品相似,他使用明亮的黄色颜料覆盖了画布的大部分区域,激发了口腔对酸味的本能反应。在留出的空白区域中,艺术家用铅笔勾勒出了柠檬的简单轮廓,创造出了白色的柠檬形态。他有意识地对这些“柠檬”进行了排布,让观众的视线无法自然而然地聚焦于某处,而这些白色的柠檬则仿佛在画面上跳跃和震动。

除了柠檬绘画之外,何翔宇还将展出一系列纸上草图作品,让观众有机会体会到艺术家创作实践背后的研究和想法;这些纸上作品也暗示了他将来可能会在作品里运用的手法:即,通过作品进一步迷惑、挑战观众的感知。

He Xiangyu Portrait

He Xiangyu Portrait

He Xiangyu was born in 1986 in Liaoning Province, China and lives and works in Beijing and Berlin. He graduated from Shenyang Normal University in 2008. Solo exhibitions include SCAI The Bathhouse & Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2016), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015), White Cube, London (2014), A4 Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2012), Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral, Bad Ems, Germany (2011) and Wall Art Museum, Beijing, China (2010). He Xiangyu has also been included in various group exhibitions including Tales of Our Time Film Program (Screening of the film “The Swim”), Guggenheim Museum New York, New York, USA (2017); Hedge House Wijlre: Family Tree, Contemporary Chinese art from the Sigg collection, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands (2016); Juxtapoz x Superflat, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016); Chinese Whispers, Paul Klee Zentrum, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2016) The 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015), Fire and Forget, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015), Shanghai Biennale (2014), Future Generation Art Prize: Exhibition of the Shortlisted Artists at the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2014), Busan Biennale, (2014), Yokohama Triennale, (2014), 28 Chinese and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2013).

何翔宇1986年出生于中国辽宁,2008年毕业于沈阳师范大学,现生活和工作于北京和柏林。他曾在以下机构举办个展:澡堂画廊及Kaikai Kiki画廊,东京,日本(2016),尤伦斯当代艺术中心,北京,中国(2015),白立方画廊,伦敦,英国(2014),A4亚洲当代艺术中心,悉尼,澳大利亚(2012),巴莫拉尔宫美术馆,巴德埃姆斯,德国(2011),墙美术馆,北京,中国(2010)。参加过的重要群展包括:“故事新编”电影展映项目(电影作品《The Swim》放映),古根海姆美术馆,纽约,美国(2017);“Hedge House Wijlre: 家谱”, 博尼范登美术馆,马斯特里赫特,荷兰(2016);“Juxtapoz x Superflat”,温哥华美术馆,温哥华,加拿大(2016);“中国私语”,保罗·克利中心、伯尔尼美术馆,伯尔尼,瑞⼠(2016);第13届里昂双年展,里昂,法国(2015);战火与遗忘,KW当代艺术中心,柏林,德国(2015);上海双年展(2014);未来世代艺术奖入围艺术家展,平丘克艺术中心,基辅,乌克兰(2014);釜山双年展(2014);横滨三年展(2014);中华28人,卢贝尔家族收藏,迈阿密,美国(2013)等。

Artwork Images Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube; Venue Shoots Courtesy of Qiao Space, Photo by JJYPHOTO

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