Strayed Representation - Tang Contemporary Art

2012-12-15 16:00 - 2013-01-30 18:00

Strayed Representation - Tang Contemporary Art

When: 15 Dec 2012 - 30 Jan 2013
Where: Tang Contemporary Art / SZ Art Center
Opening: 15 Dec 2012 16:00

Strayed Representation


On December 15, 2012, Tang Contemporary art is proud to present Strayed Representation, a group exhibition curated by Fu Xiaodong, which represents the middle generation of artists exploring the linguistics of the image in China today. This exhibition is divided into two parts. The exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art features Hou Yong, Li Dafang, Lü Shanchuan, Ouyang Chun, Qin Qi, Shen Liang, Wang Fenghua, Wang Jun, Wang Xingwei, Wang Yin, Yang Jiechang, and Zhang Hui.

The exhibition at SZ Art Center will be showing the work of some younger artists, including Bian Ka, Huang Jingyuan, Han Jianyu, Liu Guangguang, Liu Xun, Shuangfei Arts Center, Wang Chunli, Wang Rongzhi, Shang Chengxiang, Sha Zijian, and Tang Yi. Through a study of the representation of an image, this exhibition attempts to more deeply observe the artists' individualized systems. From its philosophical inception, humankind has continually reflected upon representation and debated representation existing between as wholeness and fragmentation, between multiplicity and unity, and between revealing and concealing. Representation is the result of re-creation; it is the true world hiding itself. Artists repair images and language, then immediately build their own systems of semantic integration; they then briefly reach a consensus, and immediately diverging to forge their own expressive paths.

The artists in this exhibition focus on the exchanges between the things that an image covers and a set of words; the image thus becomes linguistic rhetoric. The artworks are situated between form and content, between the visible and the readable, between imitation and intention; images are blended like texts. Image and text presuppose each other and ensnare each other, thereby becoming a structure full of instability and diversity; these artists have transformed painting into an understanding of the history of painting. These artists also sample from their individual, concrete, partial, and authentic experiences. Based on the reorganization of language and individual experience, artists create extremely personalized systems; through their art, they re-interpret the world and art historical judgment. With the aid of each artist's individualized system, images once again return to the world of language and become representation. They cautiously use representation, capturing an identifiable image through imitation and concealing its original intention, thereby making visible things invisible. The distance and mutual concern between artworks clearly presses out ideological continuity and likeness, such that it echoes, overflows, and soars; it is thought as painting.

In the works in this exhibition, the artists meticulously disassemble the meaning carried by form, then recombine and restructure it. The meaning of form has moved through many hands, becoming a dismantled poem of image and form. Artworks become the presentation of thought, reorganized within an individual logic system. Form crumbles, along with its original and singular symbolic logic, thus subverting the comprehension patterns for viewing paintings in our intellectual structure. Language challenges the explicit features and habitual names of images and complex contradictions empty out the continuity between language and image, ensnaring viewers' minds in the peculiarities of these works. As a result, we expect and believe that this exhibition will be an intellectual journey of visual representation.


Curator:Fu Xiaodong


15 Dec 2012 - 30 Jan 2013 Tang Contemporary Art
15 Dec 2012 - 15 Jan 2013 SZ Art Center


Tang Contemporary Art
Since 2000 Tang Contemporary Art has been introducing Chinese contemporary art to Chinese and international audiences. Acting as one of the most progressive and academically driven exhibition spaces in China, Tang Contemporary Art showcases some of the most important key figures in Chinese art such as Wang Du, Yang Jiechang, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Yan Lei, Lin Yilin, Liu Xiaodong, as well as collaborations with international artists such as Rirkrit Tiravanija and Navin Rawanchaikul. The Center strives to initiate dialogue among artists and institutions working locally and internationally.

Over the past decade, groundbreaking exhibits have earned Tang Contemporary Art numerous and significant recognition in China, and have established its status as a leading gallery in Asia. With three locations in Beijing, Bangkok, and Hong Kong, Tang Contemporary Art is fully committed to promote local and international art, as well as encouraging the dynamics between Chinese artists and those abroad.


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SZ Art Center
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