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Chen Xiaoyun: “106 Flashes of Lightning That I Collect”

Opening: May 21st, 2016, 15:00 – 18:00
Date: May 22nd – July 4th, 2016, Daily 10:00 -18:00
Location: ShanghART main space, Building 16, No.50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai

ShanghART is pleased to present Chen Xiaoyun’s solo exhibition, 106 Flashes of Lightning that I Collect, which runs from May 21st to July 4th, 2016. On view will be a series of works created in 2016, including sculptures, installations and videos.

106 Flashes of Lightning that I Collect is a showcase of the artist’s indulgent reading into lightning through various media. The exhibition is presented and narrated in third-person point of view. The artist’s capture is a detailed analysis of lightning, it may be nominal but not material, may be material but not distinguishable, and may be distinguishable but not meaningful. The collection of lightning, sometimes objective, sometimes reflects a sudden gust of emotion, implies a twisted narration and mimics the last dim light before memory fades. Lightning flashes to our mind as we are aware of its power but we fail to describe its shape. Chen Xiaoyun’s collection is a certain kind of category, a gathering of crisscrossed patterns that tangle with each other. It’s an understanding rather than mere creation in this collection.

Everything is named after lightning.
Chen Xiaoyun was born in 1971 in Hubei province. Now works and lives in Beijing.

Solo exhibitions include: Twenty-one Poems of Lenin, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, (2014); Hysteria, Metaphorical and Metonymical Life-World, A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu (2013); Darker than Darkness, Death beyond Death, Fire Burning Fire, Walking Down along the Stairway., ShanghART Beijing (2013); “Zhuiku Tablet” Annotation, ShanghART Beijing (2012); Why Life, ShanghART Beijing (2010); Emerald Tablet, ShanghART H-space (2009); Love You Big Boss, the Project gallery, U.S.A. (2008); Faint, MC, U.S.A.(2007).

Part of group exhibitions: China 8, Contemporary Art from China at the Rhine and Ruhr, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2015); Montevideo Biennale, Montevideo, Uruguay (2014); Perspectives 180 – Unfinished Country, New Video from China, The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, U.S.A. (2012); Moving Image In China : 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011); Shanghai Kino, Shanghai Kino, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2009); Biennale of Sydney (2008); Havana Biennial (2008) ; The Busan Biennale (2006); Torino Triennial (2005); Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art (2005); Shanghai Biennale (2004) etc.

He received New Photography of the Year Prize of Lianzhou Foto 2012.

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