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Welcome to Lu Yang's Encephalon Heaven

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Welcome to Lu Yang's Encephalon Heaven
Installation view of Lu Yang's Solo Exhibition. Image Courtesy of the Artist & M WOODS.

 

From now till 11 February 2018, M WOODS will be showcasing an imaginative solo exhibition by Shanghai-based artist Lu Yang, entitled Encephalon Heaven. Well-known in the art world, her works have been featured in both important solo and group exhibitions at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), Centre Pompidou, 56th Venice Biennale 2015 China Pavillion ,among others. 

 

Lu Yang: Encephalon Heaven, installation view, M WOODS 2017.
Image courtesy of the artist and M WOODS, Beijing.


Comprising of three new commissions and a wide display of previous works including sculpture, video, installation, computer programming, and video games, Lu Yang' creative practice revolves around her efforts to demystify human experience through scientific theory with humor and fluency in the language of popular culture. Furthermore, the artist's interest in spirituality is also captured as she expresses different forms of religion through her work. 

 

Uterus Man, 2013, video, arcade game, 11:20, installation view, M WOODS 2017.
Image courtesy of the artist and M WOODS, Beijing.


As one walks through the exhibition, the multisensory environments are mesmersing, reflecting the interwoven nature of today's globalised culture and tradition. It is a combination of an arcade's bright neon colours and flickering lights and yet simultaneously, the superstitious ritual of a temple. 

 

Electromagnetic Brainology, 2017, 5 channel video, 8:03, installation view, M WOODS 2017.
Image courtesy of the artist and M WOODS, Beijing.


Without revealing too much, Electromagnetic Brainology on the first floor of the exhibition represents a new direction in Lu’s video work. Incorporating motion sensor technology and a soundtrack contributed by acclaimed Japanese producer invisible manners, the work is an embodiment of the artist's attraction to MikuMikuDance (MMD). 

 

Wrathful King Kong Core (AR version), 2013, installation view, M WOODS 2017.
Image courtesy of the artist and M WOODS, Beijing.

Gaming is a reoccuring theme, as Lu Yang plays on the interactive needs of society by inviting visitors to participate in her installation pieces like Wrathful King Kong Core (2011), which uses augmented reality to engage the audience. 

 

LuYang Delusional Crime and Punishment, 2016, video, 14:37, installation view, M WOODS 2017.
Image courtesy of the artist and M WOODS, Beijing.


Moving on from there, the artist unravels through her works LuYang Delusional Mandala (2015) and LuYang Delusional Crime and Punishment (2016), with her investigations into the mechanisms of the mind and spirit. She believes that these investigations lie at the heart of what identity represents in the 21st century and at the same time acts as a reflection of the artist's own identity. 

 

Electromagnetic Brainology Magic Girls, 2017, installation view, M WOODS 2017.
Image Courtesy of the artist and M WOODS, Beijing.


Lu Yang's exhibition is a thought-provoking one that involves collaboration with musicians, actors, and animators as the artist questions the norms of acceptability. Bringing together an explempary collection of old and new work, the exhibition points to exciting new directions within Lu Yang's artistic practice. 

 

 

Click here for more information on exhibition hours, additional programming, accessibility, and ticket inquiries.


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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