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Shanghai Gallery of Art

Exhibition Detail
3rd Floor, No.3, the Bund
200002 Shanghai

March 23rd, 2013 - May 6th, 2013
April 24th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
© Courtesy of Shanghai Gallery of Art
Installation view, Installation view
© Courtesy of Shanghai Gallery of Art
Installation view, Installation view
© Courtesy of Shanghai Gallery of Art
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Some Like It Hot brings together eight artists who have developed unique bodies of work reflecting individual concerns, and yet the diversity of their oeuvres, taken as a whole, illuminates the multitude of paradigmatic strategies characteristic of contemporary art today. Often starting from an intensely personal inquiry, the way these artists engage the audience unsettles habitual assumptions and values, leading the viewer to question their own understanding of and position within the world.

While their oeuvres are distinctive, these artists skillfully deploy dense signifiers to recreate and explore essential elements of existence, be they physical, social, cultural or material. Additionally, the orchestration of the exhibition itself, which utilizes rhythms of density and emptiness, enhances the viewer’s experience of delving into parallel worlds, and reinforces the reality that our experience of life is not stable, but a product of our state of mind. Thus, the gallery is transformed into a space of exploration and potential where singular pieces conjugate very different states of consciousness.

Taking in various media, from painting, sculpture, to installation, photography and video, there is no central perspective which binds these artists together. Rather, the pieces created and presented here operate as small universes based on narratives, thoughts and ideas originating from the artist's mind, or they relate to something which, on the face of it, play in the in-betweens of texts, references and objects.

While the works in Some Like It Hot seems to construct different and layered realities, they are in fact all reflections of the multifaceted nature of our world, what we experience, and what we choose to focus on. Be it and exploration of religion, biology, gender or memory, these eight artists investigate fundamental questions concerning contemporary life, and rather than flattening these questions down to a concrete answer, these artists express the contradictory emotions and ideas behind these concerns. In this respect, they invite us to re-evaluate our experience and reawaken us to the possibilities of the present.

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