Wuwei: Being and Nothing

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Wuwei: Being and Nothing
Curated by: Diana Freundl

191 South Suzhou Road
200002 Shanghai
September 9th, 2009 - November 1st, 2009

+86 21 6333 7223
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM - 7 PM
installation, video-art


Art+ Shanghai is pleased to announce the launch exhibition at its new location.

Through the work of five artists in video, painting, sound and installation, Being/Nothing explores the schism between what existential philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre referred to as being-in-itself and being for-itself and the Taoist concept of Wu Wei or action without desire, motivation or intention. The exhibition likens the creative process of the artist to that of a Buddhist practitioner reciting sutras or creating a mandala, emphasizing the journey of meditation/practice rather then the end production (work) displayed. New works and live performances will be showcased throughout the exhibition duration.

Participating Artists:

Ben Houge

Ben Houge is an American artist working at the nexus of videogames, digital art, sound installation, and music performance.  He is a 13-year veteran of the videogame industry and has been based in Shanghai since 2004. He has actively engaged the new music/sound art scene with performances at the 2Pi Festival (Hangzhou), Shanghai eArts Festival and the Zendai Museum. His sound installations have been exhibited at Shanghai International Creative Industry Week and the Today Art Museum in Beijing.

Cindy Ng

Born in Macao, Cindy Ng Sio Ieng lived in Taiwan from 1997-2006, before moving to Beijing where she has been based since 2007. She has won several awards for her ink/water video installations including the 10th “V-art” International video-art Festival (Italy). Her major exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Today Art Museum (2007 Beijing, China), Seattle Art Museum ( 2007, U.S.A), 2005 Ju Ming Museum (Taiwan), The Taipa Houses – Museum (2004 Macao), 1996 Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taiwan)

Shi Zhiying

Born 1979 in Shanghai, Shi Zhiying graduated from the department of Oil Painting at the University of Shanghai. Although a painter she has created animation and performance art with projects combining dance and music. She has won several awards including the 2001 Shanghai Youth Biennale, the second in the New Artist Award at the Shanghai Fine Arts Grand Exhibition (Shanghai Art Museum). She is currently exhibiting her first solo exhibition curated by Yan Peiming at The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA Beijing). Other major exhibitions include “The Changjian River” (2009 Great Hall, Beijing), China Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition (2008 National Art Museum of China, Beijing), 2008 China Contemporary Art Biennale (2008 Shanghai).

Wang Hui

Wang Hui was born in 1972 and graduated from the China Academy of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Sculpture and a Masters in Public Art. He has also studied at the ENSAD in Paris and is currently teaching sculpture at the Shanghai Normal University. Teaching sculpture at university, making artwork after class, writing scripts of his “dreams”. Wang Hui is happily busy.

Wang Jun

Born 1974 in Chongqing, Wang Jun ­­Graduated with a Bachelor degree in woodcut printing from the Sichuan Academy of Art in 1999. He later completed his Master degree in Sichuan Academy of Art. He has worked as a lecture in the Guizhou University’s Art department before basing himself in Chongqing. Among his major exhibitions are The Figure of Will (2008, Duolun Musuem of Modern Art, Shanghai), Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists (2007 Arrario Gallery Bejing/Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai), A Real Experience (2007 Pretty Land Gallery, Germany, China Today (2006 National Art Museum of China, Beijing), “Conversation 10+10” (2006, Zendai Museum of Modern Art) among others.