Opening: 4 September 2012 Tuesday 1600
Duration: 5 September - 20 October 2012
Venue: Bldg 11, SHANGHAI TOP, 18 Wuwei Rd., near Qilianshan Rd., Shanghai
Hours: 1000 - 1830 (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: +86 21 3632 2097
On 4 September 2012, YANG Zhenzhong will mount solo exhibition Passage in his atelier in TOP Art Park. The show space is divided into two sections by a passage, an artificial construction commonly seen in urban milieu, whose basic configuration——an exit and perspective lines which converge on the exit——is featured repeatedly in a series of videos and painting installations. Meanwhile, human activity is stripped away from these manmade spaces where the artist gives deliberately a presentation "destitute of content". As YANG comments on this exhibition, "'a passage' is a void space running from one content to the next, which is even not a process."
Most celebrated by his sharp and witty manners in art production, YANG Zhenzhong employs a variety of media and approaches, dabbling in themes related to multilayered social experience. A linkage to "passage", which is visually and emotionally imperceptible, another two videos to be displayed imply the involvement of "passage" in both physical and psychological space. Challenging himself, the artist paints realistically on a set of installations using "pseudo-perspective" and thus delivers a twofold illusion. The way he works, which appears to add unfamiliarity to both his fabrication process and viewing experience of audience, stands as another exploration into the laws of visuality and perspective in his recent artworks.
Born in Hangzhou in 1968, YANG Zhenzhong currently lives and works in Shanghai. Since 1994, he has been working as artist on photography, installation, video and interactive media, as well as curator of exhibitions initiated by other artists. His works are widely displayed in important home and foreign exhibitions, including the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), the 5th AsiaPacific Triennale of Contemporary Art (2006), the 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2005), the 2nd Guangzhou Triennale (2005), the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), the 4th Shanghai Biennale (2002) and the 1st Guangzhou Triennale (2002), etc. And his recent solo exhibitions include Video Bureau Archive 4: Yang Zhenzhong (Beijing, 2012), Don't Move (ShanghART Beijing, 2011), Overpass (Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2008), YANG Zhenzhong (Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Denmark, 2008), Foreplay (ShanghART Gallery H-Space, Shanghai, 2006) and YANG Zhenzhong (IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 2006) and so on.
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