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Cui Jie, Friendship Building #2, 2017

Artists: aaajiao, Nina Beier, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Cui Jie, Camille Henrot, Martin Kippenberger, Oliver Laric, Li Qing, Liu Shiyuan, Robert Longo, Trevor Paglen, Pixy Liao, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman

Venue: Metro Pictures, New York

Exhibition Title: A New Ballardian Vision

Curated by: Leo Xu

Date: June 29 – August 4, 2017

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"A New Ballardian Vision" at Metro Pictures

Oliver Laric, Naturabdruck, 2016

Nina Beier, Demonstrator, 2013

Full gallery of images and link available after the jump.

Images:

"A New Ballardian Vision" at Metro Pictures
"A New Ballardian Vision" at Metro Pictures
"A New Ballardian Vision" at Metro Pictures
Camille Henrot
"A New Ballardian Vision" at Metro Pictures
Robert Longo, Untitled (Mirror Flag), 2015
Martin Kippenberger, Lonely American In The Corner Who’s Not Allowed To Speak, 1987
Robert Longo, Untitled (Bodyhammer: 9mm), 2008
Trevor Paglen, Color Study (San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, CA), 2016
Trevor Paglen, NSA-Tapped Fiber Optic Cable Landing Site, Point Arena, CA, 2014
Oliver Laric, Naturabdruck, 2016
Jim Shaw, Dream Object (Hanging legs made out of fiberglass with toes bitten off to demonstrate effect of animal traps), 2007
Jim Shaw, Untitled, 2016
Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1987
Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1987
Trevor Paglen, Symbology, Volume IV, 2013
Camille Henrot, Study for Nightmare (Minor Concerns), 2017
Camille Henrot, Study for Nightmare (Minor Concerns), 2017
Nina Beier, Demonstrator, 2015
Nina Beier, Demonstrator, 2013
Oliver Laric, Sphinx, Sphinx, Sphinx, 2016
Oliver Laric, Mutter mit Kindern, 2016
Camille Henrot, Dropping the Ball, 2016
"A New Ballardian Vision" at Metro Pictures
"A New Ballardian Vision" at Metro Pictures
Li Qing, Window - Tsunami, 2017
Chen Wei, Mike, 2016
Liu Shiyuan, Untitled, 2014
Cui Jie, Dalian Telecom Hub Building #4, 2017
Cui Jie, Friendship Building #2, 2017
Cui Jie, Friendship Building #2, 2017
aaajiao, Candy Wrappers, 2017
aaajiao, Candy Wrappers, 2017
Chen Wei, Light Box, 2013
Cheng Ran, Dead Horse Bay, 2016
Cheng Ran, The Bridge, 2016
Cheng Ran, The Homing Pigeon, 2016
Cheng Ran, New York, 2016
Pixy Liao, In One Dress, 2017
Pixy Liao, Moro with a Typewriter, 2017

Images courtesy of the artists, Metro Pictures, New York and Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai. Photos by Genevieve Hanson.

Press Release: 

As a part of CONDO Complex New York, a gallery swap between New York galleries and national and international partners, Metro Pictures hosts Leo Xu’s two-part exhibition A New Ballardian Vision. The show brings together a selection of works that reflect recent social, technological and environmental developments through the lens of author J.G. Ballard’s (1930–2009) writings. Xu conceived the exhibition as two distinct chapters; the first features Metro Pictures artists Nina Beier, Camille Henrot, Martin Kippenberger, Oliver Laric, Robert Longo, Trevor Paglen, Jim Shaw and Cindy Sherman. The second chapter focuses on a younger generation of Chinese artists represented by Leo Xu Projects, including aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Cui Jie, Li Qing, Liu Shiyuan and Pixy Liao.

In Chapter One, a recent untitled painting by Jim Shaw references imagery from H.G. Wells’s dystopian science ction classic War of the Worlds. The painting features a figure based on Gilded Age industrialist William Henry Vanderbilt, depicted as a bloated gas bag scouring an ominous post-industrial cityscape with vacuum tentacles sucking up denizens in his path. Alongside Shaw’s work is a selection of photographs from Cindy Sherman’s Disasters series, which was first shown at Metro Pictures in 1987. The often grotesque tableaux are suggestive of macabre narratives and taboo psychosexual fantasies. Dark psychological currents are also evident in the works of Trevor Paglen, which directly address the omnipresence of the US surveillance state using the tropes of traditional landscape photography and painting.

Chapter Two includes works from seven Chinese artists represented by Leo Xu Projects. Both Chen Wei’s cinematically-staged photographs and Cui Jie’s multi-layered paintings reimagine China’s already strange urban landscapes after reform and opening-up. Li Qing paints post-apocalyptic scenes inspired by Hollywood films on windows made during Shanghai’s colonial period. Liu Shiyuan’s photo-collages and ctional diary tell the story of an anonymous female artist’s trek around the world and her subsequent encounters with political turmoil and war. aaajiao’s video installation draws on society’s obsession with social media and the culture of constant approval, conditions anticipated in Ballard’s writing.

Leo Xu is a Shanghai-based curator, writer and gallerist.

English novelist J.G. Ballard (1930–2009) was born and raised in the Shanghai International Settlement and was later imprisoned in an internment camp for European and American residents during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai during World War II. These experiences in uenced the various dystopian themes found in his works.

Link: “A New Ballardian Vision” at Metro Pictures

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