The first edition of CONDO Shanghai is hosted in partnership with Sadie Coles HQ at ShanghART Gallery West Bund Bldg.8. This exhibition features works by two artists from each gallery: Shanghai artists Geng Jianyi and Birdhead alongside Uri Aran and Ryan Sullivan, both based in New York. Spanning a diverse range of mediums – including painting, photography and installation – the exhibition showcases four distinct practices, each reflective of a particular voice and context. At the same time, it points towards shared sensibilities – in particular, an impulse towards reconciling disjunctive elements (whether images, colours or gestures) into tentative, ambiguous wholes.
Artists: Uri ARAN, BIRDHEAD, GENG Jianyi, Ryan Sullivan Opening Preview: 2018/07/07, 14:00-19:00 Open Time: 2018/07/07, 11:00-19:00 Duration: 2018/07/09-08/26, 11:00-17:00 (Mon. Closed) Location: West Bund, Bldg.8, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District,Shanghai
(b. 1977, Jerusalem) lives and works in New York. He graduated from Columbia University in 2007, and has since exhibited internationally, with solo presentations including Uri Aran: Time for an Early Mark, curated by Moritz Wesseler as part of 'curated by Vienna 2017', Christine König Galerie, Vienna; Two Things About Suffering, Sadie Coles HQ, London(2016); Mice, Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (2016); Puddles, Peep-Hole, Milan (2014); Five Minutes Before, South London Gallery (2013); and here, here and here, Kunsthalle Zürich (2013). He has been included in group exhibitions including 99 Cents or Less, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, USA (2017); Question the Wall Itself, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (2016); Take Me (I'm Yours), Jewish Museum, New York (2016); Walter Benjamin: Exilic Archive, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2016); do it, various international venues (2013-15); Liverpool Biennial 2014; the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013).
Birdhead is a photographic collective founded in 2004, consisting of Ji Weiyu (Chinese, born 1980) and Song Tao (Chinese, born 1979). Both artists graduated from the Shanghai Arts and Crafts School in 2000; Ji also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Ji and Song live and work in Shanghai. They have been featured in exhibitions including How to gather? Acting in a city in the heart of the island of Eurasia, The 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2015); New Photography 2012, MoMA, New York, U.S.A. (2012); Reactivation, The 9th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai(2012); Illuminations, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011); The World of Other's: A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2008); China Power Station II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2007); Birdhead: New Village, EX3 Centro per l'arte Contemporanea Firenze, Florence (2011); Artist File 2011,The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art, National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan (2011). Birdhead's works are held in international collections include those of Tate, London; MoMA, New York; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo.
Geng Jianyi was born in Zhengzhou, Henan province in 1962, and died in 2017. He graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou) Oil Painting Department. Geng exhibited widely following his first show in 1989. Major exhibitions include VIVA ARTE VIVA, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice (2017); Stubborn Image, OCAT Shanghai (2016); East to the Bridge, OCAT Shenzhen (2015); Wu Zhi, Geng Jianyi Works 1985-2008, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2012); Geng Jianyi, Excessive Transition, ShanghART Beijing (2008). Important group exhibitions include GWANGJU Biennale, Korea (2014); 85 New Wave, The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art, UCCA, Beijing (2007); The1st Guangzhou Trienniale, Guangdong Museum of Art (2002); Another Long March, Chinese Conceptual Art in the 1990s, Breda, The Netherlands (1997); 45th Venice Biennale - Cardinal Points of the Arts, Italy (1993); China Avant-garde, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (1993); China/Avant-Garde Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (1989).
(b. 1983, New York) lives and works in New York. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (RI). In 2015 he staged a major solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami - his first one-person exhibition in a US institution. Other solo exhibitions include his 2013 presentation at Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece. In 2013, he was artist in residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva (FL), and artist- in-residence at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa (TX). Sullivan's work has been featured in group exhibitions including New Skin, Aishti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon (2016); Surface Tension, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2015); New York Painting, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany (2015); Empire State, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (2013); and Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, White Flag Projects, St. Louis (MI) (2013). A book on Sullivan's practice was published by ICA Miami and Dancing Foxes Press in 2017.