Museum of New Art: “Made In China”

Museum of New Art: “Made In China”

Artists selected by Art Channel Gallery, Beijing
To exhibit at the Museum of New Art (MONA)
From April 25 to May 30
Opening reception: Saturday, April 25, from 6-9pm

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Meng Jing
Born in 1973, in Chong Qing, China
Lives and works in Beijing

“A lot of my artworks are portraits that enter into a dialogue about the relationship between architectural forms and the conditions of society.”

“With regard to forms, I am really extremely interested, because in life we are in a completely materialistic, manufactured world, where almost everything communicates to you with its own form. Materialistic daily products, furniture, buildings impact on our consciousness in the most direct way, and in the midst of it we are affected in a thousand different ways – our rights, our success, bad luck, failures etc, so the laws and properties of these products also give us laws and properties in the heart and in society. These relationships are always the axis of my artworks.”

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Fan Er
Born in Taipei, Taiwan
Living and working in Beijing

“ I am a visual worker, I’ve been settled in Beijing for three years already now, and for a lot of people, the violent changes of this period haven’t yet been given an adequate published appraisal. Yet these three years as I see it, have involved a complete overhaul of the city’s belief system. My works examine the relationship between people, architecture and the city’s development. In the first series of works, “The Zoo”, we see a kaleidoscope of Beijing’s great buildings and skyscrapers forming insect-like constructions, reminding us of the craziness of the everyday environment.”

“They depict this great metropolis’s future landscape and also raise certain questions. Chinese people are bewildered by this frenetic construction, which is startling people with the rapid development of so-called “new” forms and structures, expressing the bravado and boastfulness of the economy. Then at the time of the second series of works, “Don’t Touch Me!”, I wanted to express the damaging influence of premature economic development on the environment and also the reality of the development, migration and expansion of the city’s factories.”

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Hang Bing

1974 Born in Jiangsu, PRC, Lives and works in Beijing
1996 B. A. Xuzhou Normal University, Department of Art, PRC
1999 Advanced Studies, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

“The view of history and the yearning for a new life are concentrated in China’s pursuit of so-called “modernity.” Like the experience of other Third World countries, China’s pursuit of a certain kind of special or specifically designated modernity has continuously disrupted people’s ways of life. The fragments of their previously existing cultural values lie in wreckage, like the “New China’s” vast expanse of city ruins. Five thousand years shriek and vanish into mountains of urban rubble, but the direction of this new life cannot be seen clearly in these concrete skies, or through the haze of dust spreading endlessly like a veil.”

“My photography series, “Everyday Precious,” presents the existential conditions of people dreaming of modernization and urbanization. It is about the interchange between people and the ordinary objects from their daily lives, as well as a mirror of the process by which their traditional everyday lives are ruptured through modernization.”

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Jin Jiangbo
1972 Born in Zhejiang Province, China
1995 Graduated from Academy of Fine Arts of Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
1997 -1998 Clesys Co., Ltd., multi-media design management training. Tokyo, Japan

“I am making China Market Prospect, which observes the progress of market development and reflect on the reality and development mode under the current social and governmental systems, as well as captures the foams of market prosperity. I call such a market activity into a field as denaturalized scene, which is a real social scene covering a great amount of information, though it may transcend or even contradicts our common sense to the reality. This is why I call it denaturalized scene.”

“I believe the market of today has been distorted and can’t be observed and entered normally. It can’t be measured by a normal economic sense. Rather it has become a game chip of the global economic integration. For example, commodity prices are soaring in a denaturalized way instead of decided by the supply and demand. In fact, in many local markets, goods are over flown with few buyers. Such a circumstance is not natural and even distorted to me.”

“So I focus on a lot of unnatural details and shoot the scenes in a denaturalized proportion of 4:3 and panorama, to cover as many details as possible. In this way, viewers would be able to discover the hidden distortions which appear normal.”

rong-guang-rongRong Guang Rong
Born in in Notheast part of China in 1984.
Moved to Beijing and started to work as photographer in 798 Art District in 2001. Currently he is devoting to photography, documentaries and experimental short videos.

A Story From The Small City 1-2-3
Video, Color, DVCAM, Production: 2008, Length: 7.18 mins
The video has been shot in Hengdian Film Studios. The artist shows a special interest in the structure of reality within young generations’ urban daily life. Trapped by the everyday routine, life passes under an endless cycle of repeated actions, while fantasies and solitude erode the fragile framework representing the reality. ‘A Story from the Small City’ is about cities, virtual reality, obsessed reality, old, new, real and fake in contemporary China.

Rong Guang Rong was born in Dongbei province in 1984. In 2001 he moved to Beijing and started to work as photographer in 798 Art District. Currently he is devoted to photography, documentaries and experimental videos.

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Jiang Xiyao
Born in 1981, Tianjin City, China

“Viewing classical Chinese landscape paintings, it is clear that Chinese depictions of nature are seldom mere representations of the external world. Rather, they are expressions of the mind and heart of individual artists. Following this tradition, Jiang Xiyao’s paintings are like conversations between his inner and outer worlds, they are a visual translation of his feelings living in the city. He has a very interesting and individual outlook. His subject is metropolis: Beijing’s buildings and street scenes interpreted with technical means and styles which are inter-related as they represent various visages of contemporary metropolitan emerging landscapes. While the pencil lines on his canvas build the structure of the skyscrapers he is mostly working with colour and reflections to express the urban movement. The beautiful images and curves in the background of this painting and the buildings reflected on their selves are mirrors of the city and artist’s feelings.”

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Gao Brothers
1956 Gao Zhen was born in Jinan, Shandong Province, China
1962 Gao Qiang was born in Jinan, Shandong Province, China

The Gao Brothers are a pair of artist brothers based in Beijing and authors of several published works, including“How Far Can You Walk in One Day in Beijing”, “The Current State Of Chinese Avant-Garde Art” and “The Report Of Art Environment”, They have been collaborating on installation, performance, sculpture, photography works and writing since the mid 1980s. Some of their works were published in “A History Of China Modern Art”,” China Avant-garde Photography”, “The Best Photography Of China”, etc, and is held in private and museums collections,such like He Xiangning Art Museum,Centre Georges Pompidou,The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.etc,in China and across the world.

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Li Nan
1982 Born in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
2006 Graduated fro Photograph Department of Central Fine Arts Academy.
Now lives in Bejing.

Zhang Zhaogong

1984 Born on 10th November, 1984.
2000-2004 The School of China Central Academy of Fine Arts.
2004-2008 China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Yin Nan
Born in 1981, inTangshan City, Hebei Province
Further studied in Visual Communication Department of Tsinghua University,
Beijing, China

What can we see through the window . . .? Started in early 2006, I began to record some fragments of our daily life through destroyed windows. What can we imagine through these disappeared windows? It might be too heavy, or insignificant. I think what I can do is to record them in my way. Even if it has already disappeared, Even if it has been meaningless…

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De Gang
Born in 1970.

“This world is not only a material world, it is also an energy and information world. Ideology is a set of information, which causes the world changing and forming a new set of information. And the relationship between human beings is as same as information.”

“It is just a habit that we subjectively and arbitrarily take it granted that ourselves are quite different from the atomic-bombs we made. What I am doing now is to find a graphic media to explain such a world-view. It may be a new combination of Francis Bacon with pop Art, or something uncertain which need to be discovered …”

Made In China April 25 – May 30 at the Museum of New Art – Detroit in a joint venture with Art Channel Gallery – Beijing. Opening reception: April 25, Saturday from 6PM to 9PM including
food, beverage and music on Saturday, April 25 – 6PM to 9PM.

MONA is located at 7 North Saginaw Street Pontiac, Michigan. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday 1PM -6PM. Saturday 1PM -6PMFor mor infromation call T +44 (248) 210-7560, email detroitmona@aol.com. or visit www.detroitmona.com and www.artchannelnet.org.