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Shanghai Gallery of Art
2015.09.09 Wed - 2015.11.09 Mon
Opening Exhibition
09/09/2015 17:00
THREE ON THE BUND No.3 The Bund No.3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road 3rd Floor Shanghai 200002
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Garden of Forking Paths – Tracks and Intersections of 15 Artists – Shanghai Gallery of Art – THREE ON THE BUND
[Press Release]

Artists: Chen Yujun, Fang Lijun, Hao Liang, Li Dafang, Liu Weijian, Liu Xiaohui, Liu Ye, Ni Youyu, Qin Qi,Wang Xingwei, Wang Yin, Wang Ziwei, Wei Dong, Xie Nanxing, Yu Youhan, Zhang Enli


The title Garden of Forking Paths derives from Jorge Luis Borges’ short story of the same title, in whichBorges probed into the intricate interlinks between strict causal chain and non-linear space/time relation.To the protagonist, a Chinese man, the cruel and yet only option for him, quite unexpectedly, brought himto the window to a labyrinth of time and space. He carried out his original plan, but his choice in thelabyrinth of time and space turned out to function differently. Choice means freedom. Borges castinsightful light on the overlapping and interplay between freedom and destiny, which drew readers’attention to the China that he imagined. Visual art is considered a cultural vehicle. Artists as individualsare inevitably embedded in the complex and multilayered big picture where social evolution and culturalmission are elaborately interwoven. Each artist attempts to establish the system of his own and to furtherbroaden his path. During the process, tracks and intersections constantly emerge. And in the meantime,it’s also possible that different artists may encounter the same intersection and then choose to followdifferent tracks. The various tracks and intersections collectively form an interconnected landscape ofcontemporary art, and artists bring their creativity into full play while they manage to break through therestrictions imposed by existent tracts and intersections.

It is in this regard that we think of simulating the non-linear space/time structure of Chinese contemporaryart. The“Garden of Forking Paths” presented at Shanghai Gallery of Art will feature 15 artists of differentgenerations and with different realms of interest, casting light on the interlinks and interplay among thetracks and intersections they encounter. Each of their path forms a unique space/time structure and itwould be intriguing to probe into the difference as well as connection between all the different artists. Byputting on display the different positions of the artists within the“garden”, the exhibition intends to showviewers the evolution and development of the artists within their own space/time paths. Inside the galleryspace, fifteen screen-like partitions are erected so that each artist would have one to present their works.On the two sides of each partition, works created by them in different times and under different states willbe presented. In between the partitions, a labyrinth-like space featuring meandering paths is henceconstructed and viewers could wander within the“garden”, having a sense of the diversity in terms oftime/space structure of contemporary painting. To highlight the unique charisma of the language ofpainting, difference in terms of age, generation and the use of media is taken into consideration whilechoosing participating artists in the hope that viewers would be led into an elaborate multilayered space of contemporary art.