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Boers-Li Gallery (博而励画廊)
2013.04.27 Sat - 2013.06.15 Sat
Opening Exhibition
04/27/2013 15:00
D-06, 798 Art Zone, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 北京市朝阳区酒仙桥路二号院798艺术区D-06
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星期二至星期日 11:00 – 18:00, 以及公众假期休息
Tuesday till Sunday 11am to 6pm, and close on public holidays

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MAP Office :The Golden Age
[Press Release]

Press Release

About the exhibition

In recent year’s, MAP Office’s work explored domestication through a variety of subjects including theme of island, jungle, agriculture and nature. In their approach, the devious relationship between humans and the natural environment is changing its original value with sets of actions: seeding, planting, cutting, manipulating, grafting, and painting. In this process, repetition or the “re-” is a continuous effort to fabricate, re-produce and control nature.Comprising mixed-media works, the exhibition is inspired by a citation by Jean- Jacques Rousseau in Claude Levi-Strauss’s TristesTropiques (The Sad Tropics). This statement questions the idea of value in a more and more artificial environment.

“The Golden Age” is a concentrated exhibition showcasing MAP Office’s newest production of Concrete Jungle and related sculptures Cosmetic Bonsai, using trees as a base for further artistic composition. Shifting the old ideas of “natural” romanticism in Europe and “tropicalism” in Latin America, the artist converts into a beauty alchemist. A series of jungle graffiti on photographs and painted devitalized bonsai are enhancing an already superficial reality. Pedestals and mirrors complete the installation as structures of power and beauty.

This gallery exhibition of new works coincides with the artist’s solo exhibition: “The Oven of Straw,” on view at the UCCA through 16 June 2013.

About MAP Office

MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (b. 1966, Casablanca, Morocco) and ValériePortefaix (b. 1969, 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, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space. Humour, games and fiction are also part of their approach, in the form of small publications providing a further format for disseminating their work. Their cross-disciplinary practice has been the subject of a monograph, MAP OFFICE – Where the Map is the Territory (2011), edited by Robin Peckham and published by Office for Discourse Engineering (ODE – Beijing)