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Memory City

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Memory City I, 2005 Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper Size I: 120cm X 80cm - Edition of 10 Size II: 180cm X 120cm - Edition of 8 © Courtesy of the artist & M97 Gallery
Memory City

363 Changping Road
2nd Floor
200060 Shanghai
China
April 18th, 2009 - August 20th, 2009
Opening: April 18th, 2009 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.m97gallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
shanghai
EMAIL:  
info@m97gallery.com
PHONE:  
(+8621) 6266 1597
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sun 1-6
TAGS:  
photography

DESCRIPTION

The works in Sun Ji’s "Memory City" are architectural constructions that speak of urban transformation as destruction and displacement of the old must make way for the new; memories recreated that are both meant to be forgotten and recalled. In his first body of work "Memory City I", Sun Ji uses his camera to create what appear to be something part cubist collage and part hyperreal landscape composed of industrial factory facades, water towers, smoke stacks and abandoned buildings resulting in works of striking scale and formality. Recreating impressions and memories from his childhood, the young Shanghainese artist began in 2005 by carefully assembling single portraits of buildings to create massive black and white compositions that surpass the physical limits of possibility but in the viewer’s imagination renders an almost plausible behemoth construction, alive yet forever a part of Shanghai’s history. In "Memory City II", the smoke stacks and metal pipes are replaced by low-rise facades and elements of Shanghai’s lane life as the young artist’s focus shifts to the ubiquitous Shanghai urban landscape phenomenon of partially torn down residential buildings. The resulting compositions become dense, layered mountains of neighborhoods stacked one atop the other as if waiting to be leveled.

Sun Ji lives and works in Shanghai.