2015-10-20 09:30 - 2015-10-22 19:30


When: 20 Oct 2015 Tue 9:30-21:00; 21 Oct Wed 11:00-22:00; 22 Oct Thu 11:00-19:30
Where: Espace Pierre Cardin - Asian Now, Booth A2


MICHAEL LIN, "Please remove your shoes before stepping on to the carpet. Feel free to choose from the selection of music", 1996, installation view, IT Park, Taipei

ASIA NOW - Paris Asian Art Fair

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to announce the participation in the inaugural edition of Asia Now, a new art fair of Paris' FIAC week, running from October 20th through 22nd, 2015. Located at booth A2, the gallery will be presenting a historic installation by Shanghai-and-Brussels-based Taiwanese Michael Lin and a selection of early and recent photographs by Beijing-based young Chinese artist Chen Wei.

The two-person presentation was immediately inspired by fair's location Espace Pierre Cardin, situated in the proximity of Grand Palais. The stories of Mr. Cardin and Madame Song - the very first fashion catwalk show in China, early Chinese fashion models, and Cardin's design of Air China's outfit, among many other anecdotes - from more than 30 years ago have inspired young generations in search for new cultures and new lifestyle from a global context.


MICHAEL LIN, "Please remove your shoes before stepping on to the carpet. Feel free to choose from the selection of music", 1996, installation view, IT Park, Taipei

Michael Lin's installation "Please remove your shoes…" was the subject of his solo exhibition "Interior" at Taipei's prominent alternative space IT Park in 1996. Composed of furnishings from the artist's domestic environment, two carpets and a stereo, a selection of music, and a statement on the wall, "Please remove your shoes…" is a work installation of substantial and particular historical significance, which arguably marks the earliest attempt of Chinese artists' in making participatory works that incorporates everyday objects and specific environments - such practice was later deemed part of repertoires of Relational Aesthetics artists. The work (and its variations) were later included in shows such as, "The Color is Bright The Beauty is Generous" (solo), Pecci Museum, Prato, 2010; "Silence: The 1990s", Balice Hertling, Paris, 2014.

The work engages the audience casually by way of a social interaction between host and guest. The artist places himself in the position of someone who invites and welcomes the audience into the work/exhibition under the condition set out by the statement on the wall "Please remove your shoes before stepping on to the carpet. Feel free to choose from the selection of music." This simple act of removing ones shoes is firstly a sign of willingness on the part of the guest to enter into the exchange with the work/exhibition, and secondly a marking out of space, one of warm colorful woven wool, the other of cold grey cement (the gallery floor), an interior, an exterior, the public and the private. "Please remove your shoes…" seeks to transform the audiences' relationship and experience of an exhibitions by redirecting and re-orientating the audiences position both physically and visually. The work which comprises a total environment not only demands a visual engagement but also tactile, auditory, and at times even social.

CHEN WEI, "Night Paris"

CHEN WEI, "Night Paris", 2015, archival inkjet print, 150 x 187.5 cm

Also on view in the booth will be a selection of early and recent photographs from Chen Wei. Known for his photographs composed of carefully handcrafted and meticulously staged mise-en-scène that blurs the boundaries between realities and cinema, landscapes and dreamscapes, Chen Wei has portrayed urbanscape and interiors from everyday life. The spaces and architectural details are depicted in a dystopian or desolated light, but celebrate the beautiful of banality and sentimentality. Highlights of the series include: "Night Paris" (2015) re-imagines a typical 1990s' bar and Karaoke house deserted in the dark; "Float #0816" (2013) depicts a young man dancing in purple mist; "Sand and Nobody No.3" (2007) a brilliant piece from its series representing Chen's cinematic staged scenes.

Michael Lin (born 1964 Tokyo, and living and working in Shanghai, Brussels and Taipei) is internationally regarded for his monumental wall and floor paintings, which feature colorful floral patterns and are transplanted into public spaces, covering facades of building, interiors, windows and furniture. Lin has exhibited at numerous international institutions and biennales, for instance, Auckland Triennial 2013, California-Pacific Triennial 2013, Singapore Biennale 2011, Lyon Biennale 2009, etc. His recent solo shows include "Model Home", Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2012; "Michael Lin, Free Port No. 005", Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, 2012; "Hotel MARCO", Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, 2011; "A Modest Veil", Vancouver Art Gallery, 2010, etc. His solo presentation "Michael Lin" is currently on view at High Museum of Art in Atlana.

CHEN WEI, "Sand and Nobody No.3"

CHEN WEI, "Sand and Nobody No.3", 2007, archival inkjet print, 120 x 160 cm

Chen Wei (b. 1980 in Zhejiang, and currently living and working in Beijing) has exhibited extensively and international at numerous prestigious institutions and biennales. Recent exhibitions include: "The Work in Progress, Photography from China in 2015", Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2015; "Performance and Imagination: Chinese Photography 1911–2014", Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, 2014; "My Generation: Young Chinese Artists", Orange County Museum of Art, CA, in2015, and Tampa Museum of Art, FL and Oklahoma City Museum of Art, OK, both in 2014; "ON | OFF: China's Young Artists in Concept and Practice", Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012; "28 Chinese", San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco in 2015, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL, in 2013, among many others. In 2011, Chen was awarded the 1st Asia Pacific Photography Prize. And he is shortlisted for the Prudential Eye Awards 2015.


Add: Espace Pierre Cardin, 1 Avenue Gabriel, Paris
Official Website: ASIA NOW - Paris
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