The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year has posed a great challenge to countries and societies across the world. Our Shanghai private viewing space opened last year, and we were determined to not let the pandemic halt or slow down our work in supporting artists and galleries in the region. It became more important than ever for us to have fruitful and inspiring collaborations, so we worked with Chinese artists Juju Wang, Li Wenguang, and Simon Song to present solo exhibitions of their works, ranging from paintings, to photography to installation art.
Keep reading to view the highlights from this year’s exhibitions:
Installation views of 'House of Strawberries'
'House of Strawberries', by acclaimed Shanghainese artist Juju Wang, was an immersive exhibition which ran from 30 April to 30 July 2020. This was the first exhibition in our Shanghai space since the COVID-19 pandemic. This site-specific installation serves as a representation of the influences we have on our surrounding environment. The strawberries in the installation represent a central motif for the way that we irrevocably have influenced our surrounding environment and impacted our planet. This exhibition was also an exploration into the effects of this on the core of our development, containing symbols of both motherhood and childhood in terms of the ‘self’, as well as the topics of cultural identification, belonging and the effects of globalisation. These complex concepts were juxtaposed with the visual simplicity of the black and white minimalist palette and space.
Exhibition Dates: 30 April to 30 July 2020
Installation views of 'Extro-Science Fiction Notes'
The Artling and Studio Gallery presented 'Extro-Science Fiction Notes' by Li Wenguang from 15 August to 20 November 2020. This exhibition featured works from Li's recent artist residency with Studio Gallery and was also the first time that Studio Gallery presents work from their 'OPEN STUDIO' residency in an exhibition format. ‘OPEN STUDIO’ not only referred to the results of the artist’s residency project, but also echoes the spatial presentation of this exhibition. Li was inspired by science fiction, creating 'Extro-Science Fiction' to convey a fictional realm of science through his intriguing geometric creations.
Exhibition Dates: 15 August to 20 November 2020
Installation views of 'Re-en-vision'
'Re-en-vision' is our latest exhibition in our Shanghai space presented in collaboration with Studio Gallery. From 9 December 2020 to 17 February 2021, this solo exhibition by Simon Song is an experiment in learning to dwell artistically. Taking repetition as both a method and metaphor, the artist sought to develop an alternative approach to social photography that dwells in and upon every day as a space of creative agency. Producing elliptically in analogue film, Simon's work involves manipulating the raw materials of the photographic apparatus and the context of photography with an eye towards, the multiplication and layering of details. This includes both the practice of repetitively photographing a space as well as the artificial process of mechanical reproduction.
Exhibition Dates: 9 December 2020 - 17 February 2021
Address: 1F, building 31, No. 322, Jiaozhou Road, Shanghai
Opening Times: By Appointment Only
Stay tuned for our shows coming up in 2021!
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