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Accumulation

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2008.12.13 – 2009.2.16

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Aniwar (b. 1 962 Kashgar\, Xinjiang Province\, China)

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< span lang="EN-GB">Bai Yiluo (b. 1968 Luoyang\, Henan Province\, China)

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Billy Lee (b.  South Africa)

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Choi Jeo ng-Hwa (b. 1961 Seoul\, South Korea)

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He Yunchang (b. 1967 Yunnan\, China)

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Huang Zhiyang (b. 1965\, Taiwan)

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Li Yao (b.  Shandong\, C hina)

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Marvin Mintofang (b. 1955\, Taiwan)

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Pete r Sandbichler (b. 1964 Kufstein\, Austria)

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Redxing Ye (b. 1972 Guangxi Province\, China)

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Suling Wang (b. 1968\, Taiwan)

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Wu Shanzhuan (b. 1960 Fu jian)

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Yeh Yi-li (b. 197 3\, Taiwan)

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Opening: Dec 13th\, 2 008 (Saturday) 2:00 pm

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 “Ho w much accumulation of contemporary art does anyone need\, anyway? he said. “You can’t compare the needs of artists with the needs of the rural poor”. Leon Golub

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“Accumulation” can take man y forms. It can be the repetition of one basic element\, the amassing of fo und objects\, the assemblage of multiple parts to create new combinations a nd associations. It can also allude to the overwhelming emotion of shared c ultural knowledge of momentous events such as an Olympics or an earthquake.   Arguably\, contemporary culture at the end of 2008 consists of nothing more than our accumulation of thoughts on and awareness of a lon g series of strange and unexpected events. 

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“Accumulation” wil l rotate the works of 13 artists in and out of the gallery space over the c ourse of two months in an effort to comment on contemporary culture as proc ess rather than the production of individual objects. And will include the following new works:

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Bai Yiluo’s absurdist “Recycling” installation include s an over-sized fiberglass human heart\, painted to look like the real thin g\, and strapped to the back of a three-wheeler\, bound for the recycler. < /span>

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Choi Jeong-Hwa continues to challenge the prevailing notion of artwork as sa leable commodity: This time using plastic Ultra-Man toys\, synthetic peonie s as outdoor installation\, towers of found landscape paintings\, and vivid metal car-painted flower bouquets. 

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In a four-meter work from Huang Zhiyang’s latest “Dreamscape” series\, Huang layers - and nearly obl iterates - ink brush strokes\, using ribbons of pigment paint in half natur al and half technological dreamscapes. 

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He Yunchang’s monument to the absurdity of seeming heroism consists of an enormous wood block col umn carved on three sides with human figures\, all in the artist’s likeness \, taken from one of his most famous art performances\, climbing out of the concrete block where he had himself embedded for 24 hours.

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Two of Peter Sandbichler’s modular systems\, of assembled plywood and resin objects are al so exhibited. All of Sandbichler’s works are created out of one basic eleme nt that repeats itself\, giving new structures to spaces and flat wall surf aces. By relying on patterns and repetition created on the computer\, all o f the works focus on architecture as well as on art.

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Shandong artist Li Yao \, the youngest artist to participate in Accumulation\, displays his quirky repertoire of stone-carved bust s\, as tribute to the lonely pursuits of solitary studio practice.  < /span>

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New white-on-white works by A niwar\, Yeh Yi-li\, Redxing Ye\, Billy Lee and Marvin Mintofang are housed in a separate stri ctly monochromatic space\, curated by Marvin Mintofang. 

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A rep resentative “No Water Today” stream of consciousness diary painting by Wu Shanzhuan is also included. In th e massive work on canvas\, the artist unashamedly exorcises for all to see his daily demons of multiple irritations.   

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Multi-layered Suling Wang paintings recall the myriad pursuits of Western and Asian abstract painting visual language tradition.   

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December 12\, 2008 

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Bai Yilu o

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Recycling (Mixed Media Installation/2008)

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Artist Statement

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Let's imagine for a minute a possible scenario: What if there was a man or a wom an who decided one day to throw away his/her heart? What if he/she decided to sell his heart at a very cheap price? Sell it to the first guy that came around collecting rubbish for recycling? Off goes the heart\, as the garba ge collector tosses it on to his three-wheeled bicycle. And takes the heart away....

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This memorial to the cheap sale of one's heart is related to one's fate\, one's life situation\, and the daily realities o f one's life experience. The absurdity of such a scenario is far less absur d than many of life's realities.

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In "Recycling"\, I prese nt the experience of an ordinary artist\, and the ordinary every day materi al and experiences he accumulates\, and relies on\, to express the vicissit udes of every day life.  I leave it up to you to decide whether or not any of this has any real meaning.

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Bai Yiluo

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Beijing\n

December 12\, 2008

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Note:  "Recycling" was first ex hibited in the 3rd Nanjing Triennial\, Nanjing Museum\, Nanjing\ , China (September 10 - October 10\, 2008)

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