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2013.12.21 Sat - 2014.02.18 Tue
Opening Exhibition
12/21/2013 17:00
Room 207, Building 4A 50 Moganshan Lu Shanghai, China 200020
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Opening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10:30am - 6pm
Rebecca Catching

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Under the Influence
[Press Release]

[Press Release]

In “Under the Influence” three artists explore the subservient, parasitic and mutually beneficial relationships between power and culture. Bai Yiluo presents a series of sculptures, both abstract forms and human figures, festooned in myriad symbols — wheels, blades crosses and stars — the outward manifestations of social capital.

Zhang Hao plays with the idea of identity-specific clothing in a newly-produced artist book entitled “Hat Trick” with depictions of queens, nurses, peasants and scholar officials — using the exaggerated forms of their headwear to examine their power or lack thereof.

Zhang Hao, Award Certificate No.07, Oil on Paper, 74×52cm, 2010
张灏, 奖状07, 纸上油画, 74×52 cm, 2010

A second series by Zhang Hao entitled “Award Certificates” features a number of 50-60s era certificates of merit bearing the names of various Western awards, such as the Academy Awards and the Nobel Prize to examine how “talent” and “ability” are recognized. In this work, Zhang Hao asks questions about who determines the direction of culture — in this case a small coterie of usually foreign elites.

And finally Li Mu also explores the influence of international cultural forces in his ongoing “Qiuzhuang Project.” This piece, fostered by the Van Abbemuseum and Arthub Asia, involved the works of artists such as Sol LeWitt, Warhol and Ulay and Abramovic which were replicated and installed in his native village in Jiangsu. The project also included the creation of a library of art books and an extensive blog where Li Mu chronicles the villagers’ interactions with the art and the progress of the project.

Li Mu,”Qiuzhuang Project-a dispersed museum project,” Giglée print on Finesse classic Matt mounted on aluminum board, silkscreened cloth, 75 X 120 cm, 2013
李牧, “仇庄项目—一个分散在农村的美术馆”, 微喷哑光纸在铝板上,丝印布料75 x 120cm, 2013

Now in this itineration of the project, he takes images of these works installed in the village and puts them in the gallery covered by a cloth which features a small silkscreened image of the work, thereby reversing the flow of art from the city to the country, West to East. The use of the cloth points to the fact that that project is in a sense still under wraps—only the curious will venture forth to unveil what lies behind the curtain.