December 29, 2018–January 5, 2019 | 2018年12月29日—2019年1月5日
Artist | 艺术家
Jing Lin 林璟
Yuan Fang 方媛
Dodo Xinyu Zhang Dodo张馨予
News and Reviews | 新闻与评论
NEW YORK - Fou Gallery is pleased to announce Artificial Boundary, a group exhibition of works by Jing Lin, Yuan Fang, and Dodo Xinyu Zhang. The works in the exhibition include multimedia works such as videos, installations, paintings, performances, and artist objects. This is the first time that artists working at Fou Gallery self-curate an exhibition. As new generation of young artists, they are skilled at bringing various media together. Their distinctive visual languages engage in a close dialogue and suggest that all boundaries are actually meaningless. It is human civilization that divides the world, thus inventing the notion of boundaries. The narratives of the three artists’ works interact with each other from three different perspectives, enacting skepticism about the concept of borders. There will be an artist talk and opening reception on December 29th, 5–8 pm. During the exhibition, Dodo will stage a beauty booth where “Recruiting New Faces” event is taking place.
Lin’s cross-media installation, blending video, interactive devices and other technologies, is rooted in the most instinctive and elemental human desires — eating, sex, and shelter. She explores how the inventions that humans conjure up are based on their desires, thus finding future ways to blur the fixed boundary between human and machine, reality and virtuality, and men and women by creating a disembodied cyborg world of information and the withering of subjectivity. She asks viewers to question whether there are distinctions and boundaries between themselves and machines, and to further rethink their experience of boundaries in the world.
Fang’s paintings are exploring a notion in a Chinese classic philosophical text Tao Te Ching, that there is only a subjective distinction between ourselves and the outside world; the individual and the world are not inseparable opposites, but both part of that “between” which cannot be talked about. Through this enigmatic language, a series of lines and shapes that indicate human figures and faces but go far beyond their literal description, she captures the in-betweens and illustrates the seemingly opposite but actually complementary relationship between vacancy and mortal life.
Dodo presents “Recruiting New Faces,” a site-specific art event which is part of her ongoing Asian Beauty Studio project (asianbeautystudio.com). Asian Beauty Studio is a public engagement project that invites participants to contribute to an ideal “Asian Beauty Standard” together. During the exhibition, she will set up a beauty studio in the gallery with an open call for participants, and beautify their faces with the “beauty” feature in Meitu app. They will be presented as new idols of Asian Beauty Studios and get posted on the official Instagram. Dodo believes that no one can define the standard of beauty; entertainment idols are just business strategies. Asian Beauty Studio itself is an irony. Whenever the artist documents a “beauty,” she is exposing the absurdity of the project itself.
During this pop-up group exhibition, Fou Gallery will be open to public every day from 11am to 6pm.
Artist | 艺术家