SHIFT——Exhibition on young American artists creating on-site artwork in China

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SHIFT——Exhibition on young American artists creating on-site artwork in China
Curated by: Ruijun Shen

Huang Bian Bei Road, Bai Yun Avenue North
510440 Guangzhou
July 16th, 2011 - August 28th, 2011
Opening: July 16th, 2011 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM

south eastern china
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
installation, video-art


The Shift  Exhibition will be held at the Guangdong Times Museum from July 16 to August 28, 2011.

 The exhibition will invite five most active young artists from New York City to participate in a 15-day residency at the Guangdong Times Museum. The artists will create works by utilizing materials found in the wholesale markets in Guangzhou and by use of human resources in China. Whilst materials of the works come from China, the artistic ideas reflect the contemporary American young artists’ own interest. In the meantime, the exhibition will invite five outstanding young and mid-career artists from around China to have seminars for five consecutive days with the American artists at the Guangdong Times Museum. Every evening, one Chinese artist and one American artist will present their works, followed by exploring and exchanging ideas on overlapping issues they concern.

 Mass production and assembly line production are one of the foundations of the economic boom in the U.S. Consumer culture is a characteristic of the modern American culture. A reflection of the mass culture and popular culture, Pop Art was also born against such cultural backdrop and has been influencing American artists. With the prevalence of globalization, mass-produced cheap products became a symbol of “Made in China.” Commercial and consumer cultures were then introduced to China. The mass-produced cheap products became materials for Chinese artists’ work. During this exhibition, cheap goods “made in China” will serve as a bridge connecting American artists with Chinese audience and artists, invoking thinking about materialism and consumerism within different social and cultural contexts.

 The exhibition attempts to transcend the barrier between Eastern and Western culture, experimenting   an in-depth and fresh way of communication. Through the American artists’ direct experiences in China, and a face-to-face exchange on issues of mutual concerns, Chinese artists and audience as well as American artists are encouraged to think from each other’s perspectives. Through direct experiences, foreign artists are urged to reconsider their own culture from a different angle; through the lens of the American artists, local audiences are encouraged to re-discover their surroundings and re-examine themselves to find new possibilities. Reflection on pluralism, multi-standards, globalism and consumerism will be topics explored at the exhibition.


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