Curator: Miao Zijin
Artists: Yunyu Ayo Shih & Lin Aojie & Richard Kuan
Opening: 22nd March, 2018 15:00-18:00
Duration: 23rd March, 2018 –22nd May, 2018 (11:00-18:00, Monday Closed)
Address: ShanghART S-Space, 261 Cao Chang Di, Airport Side Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
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“Shared Narrative(s)” is a series of curatorial projects consists of multiple chapters, which explores an alternative FORM of exhibition making in an irregular space. Each artist’s solo show (A, B, C) includes or accompanies a work (a, b, c) of the upcoming artist. Therefore, a, b, or c’s presence shares the current show’s narrative, leaves a clue, intervenes, while becoming an exhibition’s leftover which is embedded in our memories. The structure could be simply put in this way:
c besides A
a besides B
b besides C
c + a + b
A mixture of solo, two-person and group show creates a compatible and flexible framework which allows open discussions, improvisations, and uncertainties to take place. It is essentially in praise of collective even anonymous authorship. “Shared Narrative(s)” questions what sort of aesthetic and power relation can we create? How do we (re)present relationship itself or even sustain it in a lasting form via on-going collaborations and conflicts? How do we reside beside each other ?
The first chapter - c besides A
In the first chapter of our curatorial project “Shared Narrative(s)”, c besides A, A is an abbreviation of Yunyu Ayo Shih’s project, while c stands for Richard Kuan’s response to Yunyu Ayo Shih. Yunyu Ayo Shih plans to remove the covers of the the S-Space’s heating system from within and from without, meanwhile, clean and polish the pipes together with the ditches underneath. The artist considers cleaning to be a method of making objects, which creates a body of work situates itself in-between a sculpture and a readymade, breaking the boundary between the functional and the decorative. In the courtyard, Yunyu Ayo Shih places a plastic toy fountain in the stone basin. The artist attempts to mark the cycle of the seasons, so these two parts composes a time when the heating supply ends and the spring is about to come. Richard Kuan decides to document Yunyu Ayo Shih’s process of cleaning, and show the recordings via the view finders of disassembled video cameras and independent micro LED screens. Richard Kuan installs these screens on the floor or on the window, providing various levels of viewing points, so the audience need to lie face down or lean on the window in order to watch the documentaries. Additionally, Lin Aojie displays eight copies of an artist book consists of his drawings created in computer software alongside the monographs of ShanghART artists, which adds a humorous comment on sharing an exhibition space.
About the curator：
MIAO Zijin was born 1990 in the province of Jiangsu in China. In 2013, she graduated from BA Creative Advertising Strategy (First Class Honours), London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (UAL), London, UK. In 2015, she graduated from MFA Curating (Merit), Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. MIAO Zijin currently lives and works in Beijing.V She worked at LEAP magazine as an editor in 2017. Her articles could be found in Artforum.com, Artforum.com.cn, LEAP, The Art Newspaper China (TANC), Ran Dian, etc. Miao’s research interests include conceptual art, independent art spaces, institutional critique, art making and circulation in the post-medium and post-internet condition. Projects curated by her recently: “I Do (Not) Want To Be Part Of Your Celebration”, Qiao Space & TANK Shanghai Project Space, Shanghai (2017); “Toward The Emergence Of Resistance: Make It Wrong, Till It’s Right”, Taikang Space, Beijing (2016) and “Welcome”, White Space, Beijing (2016).
About the artists：
Yunyu Ayo Shih, born 1985 in Taiwan, currently lives and works in Taipei and New York. He graduated from National Taiwan University with a BA in History in 2007 and School of The Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Sculpture in 2014. Since he started to make art in 2010, Shih’s work has always related closely to the space he situated; In Taipei, a city he lived in for ten years, he turn a whole building into the subject of his art in the piece Farewell To A Building, the DDGP (2010). While he is constantly moving and relocating, his works are stored in suitcases and become archives, documents, and books that tells different stories. He frequently explores different appearances of memorial and memory while at the same time involving interactions between himself and state apparatus. Instead of posing a confrontational gesture, he tends to choose coexistent or penetrated attitudes to explore gray areas. Shih’s work has been exhibited at Power Station Art Museum in Shanghai, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, VT Artsalon (Taiwan), Practice Space (NY), 4-18 Space (Bogota), Long March Space in Beijing(2016), Cultural Center Belgrade(2017) and many other space. He has been the recipient of the New Artist Society Award (2012), Taiwan National Cultural Affair Grant (2015), and The National Culture and Arts Foundation Award (2015), and has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014), the Arctic Circle Residency (2015), and 4-18 Residency in Colombia (2015).
Lin Aojie，1986 born in Guangzhou，2010 graduated from BA Oil Painting, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, currently lives and works in Guangzhou. Lin Aojie’s artistic practice employs diverse artistic mediums such as video art, installation, painting, photography and etc. Lin’s work, in most cases, departs from a personal experience and expands into the power of the art system, the relationship between art and the artist, and the boundary on the notion of understanding through witty approaches. Other than his personal practice, in 2011, he founded the Double Color Ball Group with artist Yu Yiyi that made a works with the focus on “how to become wealthy”. In 2015, artists Cai Huansheng, Yu Yiyi, Lai Zhijie, Chen Pai’an founded the official account on WeChat, 3dgroup, that aims at making works of art at “low cost, low tech and minimal returns”. Recent solo exhibition includes: “If You Throw Enough Mud at the Wall, None of It Will Stick’’, A+Contemporary, Shanghai , China(2017). Recent group show include: “BEING INFORMATION Person-a”， SSSSTART, Shanghai, China (2017); “Drawing Pogo”, Taikang Space, Beijing, China (2017), etc..
Richard Kuan, 1991 born in New York. He received his BFA from Hunter College and is currently a graduate student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He also has studied at Nanjing University and participated in the Yale Norfolk program. His work incorporates a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation. His recent exhibitions include: “Traverse Couse”, Huayu Art Sanya, Sanya, China (2016); “Mountain Sites: Views of Laoshan”, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China (2016); “Qilin Stall”, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China (2015), etc..
ShanghART S-Space is a special project space of ShanghART Gallery with no fixed space and time. S-Space will hold exhibitions for artists and curators in terms of different curatorial ideas. For this time, S-Space moves into ShanghART Beijing, it will present a group show “Shared Narrative(s)” curated by MIAO Zijin.
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