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Pearl Lam Galleries
2016.11.12 Sat - 2017.01.07 Sat
Opening Exhibition
Pearl Lam Galleries 藝術門 No. 181 Middle Jiangxi Road, G/F Shanghai, China 200002
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Pearl Lam Galleries “SLIPPAGES”
[Press Release]

Featuring works by Gao Weigang, Sakarin Krue-On, Li Jingxiong, MAP Office, Nabuqi, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Wang Fujui, Xie Nanxing, and Zhou Yangming

Shanghai—Pearl Lam Galleries presents SLIPPAGES, an exhibition that addresses play of interpretation and perceptual significances as well as suggests alterations, allowing a displacement of elemental and spatial conditions inherent in the work and between the artwork and the viewer. This is manifested both in the content and in the formal structure of the work. Featuring expressions of various media, the presented artworks explore a dynamic structure in a participatory way. As such, works that are slippery in meaning or disquieting in effect are set up to challenge usual perceptual habits and allow for a site of discovery spread out in time and space and executed by the artists in encounters with the public.

MAP OFFICE, Liquid Land | Solid Sea Chart 流动的土地与固态的海洋–图表, 2016 C-print on Hahnemuhle Art Paper 哈内姆勒纸上数码打印 150 x 200 cm (59 x 78 3/4 in.)

MAP OFFICE, Liquid Land | Solid Sea Chart 流动的土地与固态的海洋–图表, 2016 C-print on Hahnemuhle Art Paper 哈内姆勒纸上数码打印 150 x 200 cm (59 x 78 3/4 in.)

What forms of communication, miscommunication, intimacy, and exchange will ensue? This reflexive exhibition aims to characterise, and even to diagnose, a tell-tale language in the style of today’s art in terms of what it is responding to, focusing on themes of “reflecting on” or “being concerned with” amidst a practice of mental attitudes and visual tricks. Prior to engaging with the work, the public equally casts an eye over the spaces of construct, both interior and exterior, and it is this reflex that provides the overarching context for the exhibits shown within SLIPPAGES. The exhibition further emphasises the critical importance of its apparatus of display so that viewers are not merely looking at an artwork but are also physically experiencing contemporary art.

The exhibiting artists animate responsive trains of thoughts through ingeniously constructed pieces with active mechanisms, inviting the public to step outside customary boundaries, each presenting a different way in which they mediate among art, subject matter, and real life. Here, their materials are still drawn from either a representational approach or for their formal qualities, although much of what is presented and how it is presented alerts viewers to the potent persuasion of displacing our understanding of what should happen where. The focus is concentrated on artists who deal with meanings on a rather conceptual or formal level: from workspace-like staging to self-staged personas, from staged scenarios to daily abstractions. Thus, the exhibition explores relations that are both public and private in nature and incorporates the viewer into the work as both a willing participant and oblivious performer viewed by others.

The probing of nature and things that oscillate between representation and imitation in order to gain a deeper understanding of the world runs like a thread throughout art. Gao Weigang (b. 1976) not only investigates the concept of mimesis, understood as an imitative representation of reality, and its role in contemporary artistic productions, but he also literally triggers the placing of the original source from its natural environment to enter the “real” space of gallery visitors, invoking interactions with the public to reflect the manner in which architecture and nature encourage a social sphere and to allow different perspectives of how a work can be experienced as a site of discovery. While encompassing strategies to cross the threshold between the visible and the invisible, other works express the implications of concealment as a means of reflection.

Sakarin Krue-On (b. 1965) is coming into a phase in which his work has clearly arrived at a degree of maturity that results in part from his continuing exploration of themes about anxieties of the modern world. The artist has delved deeply into a landscape replete with traditional imageries and folklores with a willingness to deconstruct them into substantial contexts that speak of far more than their content suggests. His artworks bring together allegories, connect an aesthetic bridging of themes with cultural idiosyncrasies, and, more often than not, conjure the lively symbolic phenomena of his homeland, Thailand. In this exhibition, the artist transforms the gallery

space with a site-specific mural installation, providing viewers with a source to explore a spatial density of ephemeral transience. A walled realm resembling a mystical domain, the installation is constructed from a traditional stencilling technique normally hidden in the initial mapping of a mural. Decidedly, the artist explores truth and illusion while working towards an epistemological transformation.

By staging the gallery as an installation similar to his own studio, Li Jingxiong (b. 1987) enables us to embody the process and gesture of the artist. Li frames his narratives within multidimensional presentations so that viewers can walk around his works to fully appreciate them—a pretext for a variety of different interventions in/on the architectural interiors of the gallery. This flexible space allows for the creation of shared realities. Space in this context refers to either the immediate surrounding space, the space that serves the artists’ actions and experimentation, or the space that unfolds through the artwork itself. It allows for an examination of how various spatial orders are constructed along a shifting scale from intimate (body) to interpersonal (social), to material/institutional (economic, cultural), which are all based on an interdependent notion within oneself.

Techniques of observation and representation, with their geopolitical impact, have played a key role in MAP Office’s work and serve as a starting point for broader investigations into human perception and an understanding of the world. For the artists, the process and idea of mapping is essential, and it functions less as an accurate description of territory and more as an entry into the possibilities and prejudices that inhabit a certain place at a certain time. Here, MAP Office (Laurent Gutierrez b. 1966 and Valérie Portefaix b. 1969) sets up a drawing facility to construct a geographical map throughout the exhibition duration. The installation emphasises its interactivity through a daily ritual of creating robot-arm drawings that will slowly compose a large puzzle made of 242 A4 fragments. It is also a staging of the gallery, as the office set up for drawing the map is a space for inscribing a liquid landscape of unseen routes framed by the impossibility of achieving the perfect map.

Nabuqi (b. 1984) is interested in examining the playfulness in the everyday world and her surroundings through her sculptures, where she joins one thing to another through stacking, wrapping, or stringing, etc. Her Eyelashes series epitomises an abstract form placed on a mirrored base. The works are installed in situ adapted within the exhibition. Although her works are rarely weighed down with content external to itself and its placement, the subtle cues communicated between them suggest a reference, however indirect, to the interplay of values (material and immaterial, precious and dispensable) at work in the imagination of the viewer.

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu (b. 1972 and 1974, respectively) produce work that explores the ethics of representation, tending to position itself against the dominant idea of the autonomous and material character of art. They create conditions to experience an event or action that is at the heart of the artwork itself. More often than not, they even devise ways for viewers to witness their work when the action/situation has already taken place or is taking place. Hence, what is being experienced holds a mirror to the values and conventions that exhibition-making can sometimes adopt where the artists articulate a methodology with a critical potential to challenge our views on society and notions of communication. Here, the work points at a looped structure of the assembly and disassembly of a tactical behaviour proceeding the production and mediation of knowledge: what the artists tell us about the space they work in, the performers, signifiers, and props they utilise to hint at the conditions of their production. The viewer’s access to various kinds of information follows an open path, but within a regulated set of possibilities.

The perceptual reconstruction of painting is a continuous process, generated by diverse inputs such as our senses, memory, history, consciousness, as well as technology. It is a process consisting of momentary fragments that are impossible to record. They are temporary, augmented, designed, and loaded.

Seemingly plain and simple in its physicality, Wang Fujui’s (b. 1969) Sound Canvas-Suikinkutsu encourages interaction between the viewer’s visual focus and auditory senses in order to lead him or her into the realm of his work. Standing in front of the blank canvas, one is immersed in a resonance of natural sounds that promote a state of heightened concentration and extend an invitation to take one’s time (to listen). This work awaits the listener; the audio is triggered based on the movement and proximity of the viewer approaching the artwork. A pioneer in establishing sound art as an artistic genre in Taiwan, Wang creates works where the sensations that viewers experience while taking them in come primarily from their imaginations. In this respect, the works he creates and the discourse they generate plug into and enliven a much broader dialogue of what sound work is and can be.

With a paradoxical combination of preciseness and ambiguity, the paintings of Xie Nanxing (b. 1970) do not necessarily speak of the truth in the images’ representation through which the artist explores and seeks methods of inquiry into the relationship between the viewer and the painted subject matter at hand. Rather, the viewer, who in general quickly identifies with the pictures hanging on the wall, indicates a specified direction of perception, in the case here, of portraitures; receives non-defined vectors of perception; and can take up any possible point of view. In this exhibition, each and every work leads to another through a unique navigation that the public can choose to partake in, unveiling the intimate source of the artist’s own tales that form the delineation of the portraits in question.

Featuring art that creates its own time span, viewers will be confronted with a work that embodies the time it took to create it as well as the time the image takes to reveal itself. Zhou Yangming (b. 1971) aims to create a new quality of painterly space that cannot be achieved through hurried movements and gestures, upon which the viewer feels the force of illusion, shade, and apparently limitless forms stretching out to the scale of the existing architecture, which is more extended than a painting in a closed frame. The meticulous rendition appeals to the materialisation between absence and presence on the surface of his painting. Illusions are always a matter of time and timing.

Each of the artists embeds a context of production, condition of display, time, space, and discourse into artworks which then co-exist with other artworks. The realm of the exhibition begins at the threshold of the entrance, the moment before someone enters into the gallery. It is a project that is aware of its own form and is thus self-referential. In this respect, works in the exhibition are repositioned, linked in space-time relative to the “reading” done by each viewer, building alternative paths.

About the Artists


Born in Heilongjiang province, China in 1976, Gao Weigang graduated from the Tianjing Academy of Fine Arts, where he majored in oil painting. Currently, he lives and works in Beijing. Gao has widely exhibited across mainland China as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and New York City. His works have been collected by many art institutions and foundations such as the Burger Collection in Switzerland, the DSL Collection in Paris, Long Museum in Shanghai, White Rabbit Collection in Sydney, Yuz Museum in Jakarta, and the Louis Vuitton Group in Hong Kong, etc. Gao Weigang won Art HK 2011’s Art Futures award in recognition of his artistry and the originality of his work.


Sakarin Krue-On was born in Mae Hong Son province, Thailand in 1965. He is known for his site-specific installations influenced by Thai traditional culture and digital media work. Krue-On has participated in many group exhibitions both in Thailand and abroad, including Thailand Eye (2015–16), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Imply Reply (2015), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand; the Busan Biennale (2012); Prop (2011), Guests Project, London, UK; Murals (2010), Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain; the Thai Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); the Nanjing Triennial (2008); Documenta 12 (2007), Kassel, Germany; the Thai Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2000); and the 21st Asian International Art Exhibition (1999), Singapore. Krue-On was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Asian Contemporary Art at the 2016 Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore. His work is currently on show in the Singapore Biennale until February 2017.


Li Jingxiong was born in Wuhu, Anhui province, China in 1987. He received his BFA and MFA in oil painting at Nanjing University of Arts in 2013. Recent exhibitions include We, A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists (2016), K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China; The Longest Yard (2015), 9m2 Museum (Goethe Open Space), Shanghai, China; Absolute Collection Guideline (2015), Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China; and Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture—The 2nd CAFAM Biennale (2014), CAFA Art Museum (CAFAM), Beijing, China. Li Jingxiong currently lives and works in Nanjing and Shanghai, China.

MAP Office

MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez, who was born in 1966 in Casablanca, Morocco, and Valérie Portefaix, who was born in 1969 in Saint-Étienne, France. This duo of artists/architects has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installation, performance, and literary and theoretical texts.

MAP Office projects have been exhibited in major international art, design, and architecture events including the Vienna Biennale (2015); 7th Asia Pacific Triennial (2012); 1st Kiev Biennale (2012); 6th Curitiba Art Biennale (2011); and the 7th, 11th, and 12th Venice Architecture Biennale (2000, 2008, 2010). The duo is currently exhibiting in the Singapore Biennale until February 2017.


Nabuqi was born in Inner Mongolia in 1984 and currently lives in Beijing. Her contemplation on the ontology of objects is reflected in her sculptures; she believes that the objects surrounding us also exist independent of human perception. The artist graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 2013. Her works have been shown in solo and group shows in Beijing and New York, as well as the Gwangju Biennale in 2016. Her work can be seen in the 2016 Shanghai Biennale from 11 November, 2016–12 March, 2017.


Sun Yuan was born in Beijing in 1972, while Peng Yu was born in Heilongjiang in 1974. They each graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where they both majored in oil painting. These two prominent Beijing-based figures made their way together through the winding cultural situation of the ’90s in China, expressing their singularity without following the mainstream artistic movements of that period. They are known for their extremely provocative works that challenge moral standards in the global art stream. Their work can be seen in the 2016 Shanghai Biennale from 11 November, 2016–12 March, 2017. They will also be featured in the group exhibition Tales of Our Time (2016), opening this November at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Sun Yuan and Peng Yu have contributed to different international biennials, such as Moscow (2007), Liverpool (2006), Venice (2005), Kwangju (2004), Lyon (2000), and triennials such as Guangzhou (2002) and Yokohama (2001).


Wang Fujui was born in Taiwan in 1969. He is an artist and curator who specialises in sound art and interactive art; his work has played a key role in establishing sound art as a new artistic genre in Taiwan. Wang’s recent solo exhibitions include Sound State (2014), Digital Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan, and Hyper Transmission (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan. His works have been widely exhibited in museums, art fairs, and festivals in Taiwan and abroad, including The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand; Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance, Berlin, Germany; ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria; École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France; The Lab, San Francisco, USA; and Queens Museum, New York, USA.


Xie Nanxing was born in 1970 in Chongqing, Sichuan province. Currently, he lives and works in Beijing and Chengdu, China. The artist’s exhibitions include New Works #1 (2014), OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen, China; Documenta 12 (2007), Kassel, Germany; Xie Nanxing Paintings (2005), Kunstverein Hamburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, Germany; Xie Nanxing. Paintings 1999–2002 (2003), Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK; the Shanghai Biennale (2000), Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China; and the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), Italy.


Born in 1971 in Taizhou, China, Zhou Yangming currently lives and works in Shanghai. Zhou has held solo exhibitions as well as participated in group exhibitions in China, Europe, and the USA. Important group exhibitions include Spotless (2014), Daxiang Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan; Virtual Transcend Power—Six Chinese Abstract Artists (2014), Museum für Aktuelle Kunst – Sammlung Hurrle Durbach, Germany; China–Germany: Today Abstract Painting (2012), WILO Germany, Dortmund, Germany; Yi Pai–Thoughts of a Century (2009), Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Yi Pai: 30 Years of Chinese “Abstract” (2008), CaixaForum Culture Center, Parma/Barcelona/Madrid, Spain; and Beads and Brush Strokes (2003), Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China. His works have been collected by several art institutions, including China Art Museum, Beijing and Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China.

About Pearl Lam Galleries

Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam Galleries is a driving force within Asia’s contemporary art scene. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries to be launched out of China.

Playing a vital role in stimulating international dialogue on Chinese and Asian contemporary art, the Galleries is dedicated to championing artists who re-evaluate and challenge perceptions of cultural practice from the region. The Galleries in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore collaborate with renowned curators, each presenting distinct programming from major solo exhibitions, special projects, and installations to conceptually rigorous group shows. Based on the philosophy of Chinese Literati where art forms have no hierarchy, Pearl Lam Galleries is dedicated to breaking down boundaries between different disciplines, with a unique gallery model committed to encouraging cross-cultural exchange.

The four branches of Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore represent an increasingly influential roster of contemporary artists. Chinese artists Zhu Jinshi and Su Xiaobai, who synthesise Chinese sensibilities with an international visual language, are presented internationally with work now included in major private and public collections worldwide. The Galleries has also introduced leading international artists, such as Jenny Holzer, Leonardo Drew, Carlos Rolón/Dzine and Yinka Shonibare MBE, to markets in the region, providing opportunities for new audiences in Asia to encounter their work. Pearl Lam Galleries encourages international artists to create new work which engages specifically with the region, collaborating to produce thought-provoking, culturally relevant work.