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PLAY at MadeIn Gallery

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PLAY at MadeIn Gallery
Exhibition view of PLAY at MadeIn Gallery. Courtesy MadeIn Gallery.

MadeIn Gallery is pleased to present “Play” an exhibition showcasing new paintings and sculptures by Lu Pingyuan, Shang Liang and Zhao Yao. In this exhibition, three artists’ works commonly share a spirit of lightness and playfulness, bringing aesthetics, concepts and art into the field of game. As a method for the observation of art, game arises in the gallery space. 
 

Exhibition view of PLAY at MadeIn Gallery. Courtesy MadeIn Gallery.

Exhibition view of PLAY at MadeIn Gallery. Courtesy MadeIn Gallery.

Exhibition view of PLAY at MadeIn Gallery. Courtesy MadeIn Gallery.

Game in Lu’s series of works “Look! I’m Picasso!” takes the form of Russian nesting doll: a story – Mr. Potato Head – visuals from Pixar Animation Studios – Picasso – Cubism – Children’s coloring books, or the other way round. Each layer of symbols reveals unique characteristics on the presentation of the work. In Zhao’s paintings game appears as an attempt to vacuum the meaning. The artist selects puzzles from mind games and presents them through a time-consuming process, just as he lifted a 10,000 square meter installation to a snowy summit of an altitude of 5000 meters and placed it in the sun. All the performance rules and artwork meaning are formulated and adjusted by the artist. Zhao’s trick is a game that repeatedly permutes truth and falsehood (or the presence and absence of meaning). At last, Shang’s game consists of developing as a creation subject her imagination on supernatural force. Muscular bodies, references to Ernest Hemingway, and sculptures with strength characteristics all constitute her empathy towards the object of the game, process of which reflects the artist’s self. 
 

SHANG Liang, Boxing Man No.1, 2018, Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MadeIn Gallery. 

SHANG Liang, Good Hunter No.4, 2018, Oil on canvas, 179 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MadeIn Gallery. 

SHANG Liang, Good Hunter, No.5, 2018, fiberglass, fabric, 30 x 30 x 60 cm. Edition of 6 Courtesy of the artist and MadeIn Gallery.

Shang Liang's paintings are sometimes extracted from cinematic scenes, producing echoes and reverberations outside of the flat space of the picture plane. Sometimes based on specific characters, beginning with the "The Real Boy" series in 2012, her works are unlike traditional portraits, and her characters are instead more like symbols, patterns or codes, which split gradually from a singularity into pluralities and then return back to a singularity. In the artist's subtle oeuvre, these images reflect the artist's concepts of cell division, reproduction, division, and reassembly, revealing a powerful sense of intimacy. The exquisite brushstrokes and the use of monochromatic hues show the artist's extraordinary talent and skill.
 

ZHAO Yao, A Painting of Thought III - 325, 2016-2017, Acrylic on found fabric, 180 x 1000 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MadeIn Gallery.

ZHAO Yao, A Spirit 20171218, 2017, Acrylic on found fabric, 50 x 50 x 6 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MadeIn Gallery. 

Zhao Yao always focuses on the relationship between art and its audience. He bases his practice on the art-related inertial reflection, developing each exhibition from previous experiences. This creates an on-going cycle of self-assessment, and reconstruction of the old to produce the new, a process the artist describes as “self-consumption”. 

“Play” not only shows these three artists’ different game methods, it also suggests a post-truth era, in which individuals face the constant adaptation and creation of a time where landscape and authenticity ever-change. The exhibition space becomes the venue where artists perform their tricks, as Hans-Georg Gadamer put it: game is “the mode of being of the work of art”. In this exhibition, the notion of game intervenes into the artist’s creative form and further the process and context in which viewers observe the works. 
 

Poster of PLAY at MadeIn Gallery. Courtesy MadeIn Gallery. 

All text and information above by MadeIn Gallery. 

Location: 
MadeIn Gallery 

No.106, 2879 Longteng Avenue, 
Xuhui district
200232 Shanghai, China

Exhibition Period: 
May 12th – June 24, 2018


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.


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