Edward Sanderson

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Data as Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Zhan Rui at Boers-Li Gallery May 19th, 2011 - June 19th, 2011
Posted 5/30/11
A few weeks ago I reviewed Breaking Away, Boers-Li Gallery’s abstraction group show here on ArtSlant. I then travelled a few blocks west within 798 Art District to Space Station to cover XYZ, the solo show by one the participants, Xie Molin (below). This time I’m returning to Boers-Li, where another participant, Zhan Rui, has his own solo show in their smaller galleries upstairs. Suffice it to say, in Beijing at least, abstraction appears to be popular right now. Zhan Rui’s work represents the... [more]
Vegetables Matter   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/16/11
To the north-west of Beijing just beyond the sixth ring road, approaching the mountains and the Great Wall, you find the Little Donkey Farm (LDF), a farm and community organisation promoting Community Supported Agriculture within China. LDF work with sustainable farming methods to grow and distribute healthy produce within the Beijing area. Artist Emi Uemura has been working with this organisation for the past year and April saw the fifth of their , initiated and co-organised by Uemura, an... [more]
Tang Reaches for the Stars   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Wang Du, Yang Jiechang, Yan Pei-Ming, Huang Yong Ping, Shen Yuan, Chen Zhan at Tang Contemporary Art Beijing March 26th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011
Posted 5/2/11
It may seem contrary, but I can’t ignore how new or renovated art spaces affect the way works are shown and received as well as how they represent a gallery’s plans and priorities. Any conclusions must remain highly speculative, but in the choices made and priorities focused upon as manifest in physical spaces, we can perhaps gain some insight into the nature of a gallery. Tang Contemporary originally opened their Beijing space in 2006 and have occupied their site with a series of large-scale... [more]
Abstraction in Context   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Zhang Enli, Jiang Fang, Guan Fengdong, Zhao Gang, Xu Hongmin, Gong Jian, Yan Lei, Yang Liming, Xie Molin, Liang Quan, Huang Rui, Zhan Rui, Zhong Shan, Liu Wei, Zhang Wei, Ding Yi, Hou Yong, Chen Yufan, Jiang Zhi at Boers-Li Gallery April 9th, 2011 - May 8th, 2011
Posted 5/2/11
The politics of abstraction tread a very fine line. The style can be considered as a rejection of the illusions of representation in favor of a more direct engagement with perception, material and form; or, it can be perceived to be a rescinding of responsibility from making clearly defined statements. Boers-Li Gallery’s second major group show since decamping to 798, presents a variety of approaches to abstraction by Chinese artists and thereby demonstrates the persisting attraction of the... [more]
Monuments to what?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Beijing Commune February 27th, 2011 - March 20th, 2011
Posted 4/18/11
It may appear that I have something of an unhealthy obsession with Leng Lin (Director of Pace Beijing and Founder of Beijing Commune) and his activities, having now written two pieces about shows in which he has directly or indirectly been involved. Maybe this means he is doing something right, to have attracted my attention so often. That said, the reason those particular shows have caught my eye has been for negative reasons, due to a lack I’ve observed in the quality of the work or the... [more]
Pedestrian Potentialities?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jia Aili, Xiao Bo, Wu Guangyu, Liao Guohe, Xiao Jiang, Bi Jianye, Ma Ke, Huang Liang, Qin Qi, Li Qing, Xu Ruotao, Jin Shan, Lin Yen Wei, Liu Weijian, Sun Wen, Qi Wenzhang, Sun Xun, Zhou Yilun, Song Yuanyuan at Platform China March 12th, 2011 - May 31st, 2011
Posted 4/4/11
Over the last few years Platform China has established a strong programme of shows that display refreshing latitude with respect to exhibition formats and presentation of artworks. Two highlights from last year included the extravagant group show “Jungle” and “The Third Party”. The former expansive exhibition continually refreshed itself over its two-month run, inviting the starting artists to adapt their installations and also bringing in new artists later in the exhibition. In what seems to... [more]
Beyond Technicalities   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yan Xing, Zhuang Hui, Chen Shaoxiong, Leng Wen, Lu Zhengyuan at Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing) January 15th, 2011 - April 18th, 2011
Posted 3/21/11
Curated group shows reveal the hand of the curator in a public display of the thinking and working process: in some cases the curator may take a back seat; in others, be extremely visible. Curator Carol Yinghua Lu has consistently taken the latter approach, and her group show at Pékin Fine Arts, serves as a point at which to analyze the results. Building on the work of practitioners such as writer and curator Jens Hoffmann and art historian Hans Belting, Lu has developed a curatorial practice... [more]
Private Philosophies   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yu Bogong at White Space Beijing January 9th, 2011 - March 27th, 2011
Posted 3/21/11
In my review of (at Pékin Fine Arts), curated by Carol Yinghua Lu, I focused on the connection of that show to Lu’s work in general, and mentioned Yu Bogong’s At this Present Moment running concurrently at White Space Gallery, which Lu also curated and which I’ll focus on here. The spare surroundings of the White Space Gallery’s double-height room provides an appropriately ascetic setting for Yu Bogong’s collection of contraptions, arrangements, tools and drawings. The gallery is dominated at... [more]
Will the Pace Beijing Curator Please Stand Up?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Song Dong, Wang Guangle, Ran Huang, Wang Jin, Shi Jinsong, Su Wenxiang, Qiu Xiaofei, Hu Xiaoyuan, Yuan Yuan, LIANG Yuanwei at Pace Beijing December 30th, 2010 - February 28th, 2011
Posted 3/7/11
Although at first glance an example of the stopgap shows thrown up during Beijing’s slow season of Christmas through Chinese New Year, Pace Beijing has laid on a group show with grander aspirations. Beijing Voices: Together or Isolated addresses recent questions about the development of gallery shows in Beijing and the role of curators in general, but cuts the rug from under its own feet with confused presentation. "Beijing Voices" presents a selection of new works by 10 Chinese artists... [more]
Growing Pains   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 2/21/11
A concern with the “everyday” happens to coincide for two of Beijing’s experimental spaces: both Vitamin Creative Space (whose Pavilion I addressed previously on ArtSlant (here) and HomeShop see it as grist to their mills. This past December, HomeShop moved into their new premises in a former Danwei dormitory in central Beijing. This move took place amidst an ongoing self-analysis of the relationship of their activities with the everyday and the sustainability of their practice. HomeShop... [more]
In Bed with Zhang Xiaogang   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Zhang Xiaogang at Today Art Museum (TAM) December 9th, 2010 - December 26th, 2010
Posted 12/28/10
        With an artist as well known as Zhang Xiaogang, it’s perhaps difficult for audience perceptions to move on from the clichés of “Chinese art” that his work has come to represent.  This issue is equally relevant for artist themselves in their quest to develop their work. Zhang’s solo show at the Today Art Museum in Beijing demonstrates the artist’s attempt to devolop and energize his signature forms. Zhang Xiaogang’s canvases since the early 1990s have been characterized by figures... [more]
Nooks and Crannies   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at The Pavilion November 20th, 2010 - November 20th, 2011
Posted 12/13/10
        The end of November marked the inception of Vitamin Creative Space’s “The Pavilion” – their third space in China, and second in Beijing.  This occasion allowed for a revisiting of their presentation methods in their various spaces. So, what is this “Pavilion” and what purpose does it serve? And how does it relate to their previous space, “the shop”? Coming to grips with Vitamin’s selection of venues reveals a taste for poetic license in their consistently ambiguous commercial... [more]
Busy Beehive   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Platform China, Beijing November 11th, 2010 - November 30th, 2010
Posted 12/6/10
    Developing quite a reputation as a space that encourages experimentation in their shows, Platform China currently has two exhibitions that, in their own way, leave some breathing space in the works and the formats of presentation – a rare and noteworthy situation within the oftentimes banal Beijing gallery environment. The upstairs gallery of Platform’s Caochangdi space is devoted to a solo show by Jin Shan that presents the artist’s mercurial series of mini-videos "One Man's Island" as... [more]
Kitchen Catastrophes   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Song Dong at Pace Beijing October 30th, 2010 - December 18th, 2010
Posted 11/29/10
    The new series of video works by Song Dong on view at Pace Beijing continue the artist’s playful experiments with impermanence and the illusory nature of everyday objects, but are ultimately a let down due to lackluster installation. Pace Beijing has devoted a large section of their space to showing these four new video projections. Arranged asymmetrically, one on each wall in the large darkened space, these short videos begin with artful arrangements of foodstuffs in tableau that hark... [more]
                Beijingers are famed for their obsession with food, but with all the food so readily available in the capital it’s easy to forget the complex production and distribution chains involved. Contemporary art, however, has done much to draw attention to this complex trajectory from the farm to the table. At the beginning of the year, Rikrit Tiravanija was in Beijing with a solo show at Tang Contemporary. The preparation of food for the public has become a trademark of... [more]