In this exhibition Juergen Teller and Xiang Jing both explore the idea of desire. Teller’s photographs are overladen with indicators of desire, whereas Xiang Jing strips desire away from her sculptures of female bodies.
In Teller’s photographs of chef Antonio Guida’s extravagant menu at Hotel Il Pellicano on the Tuscan coast in Porto Ercole, Italy, the glistening, candy-colored dishes conjure a level of fetishized decadence bordering on the grotesque.
Xiang Jing’s approach to her hyper-realistic sculptures of nude female figures presents a way for her to circumvent the traditional notions of the male gaze over a woman’s body as an object of desire. The nude and often hairless figures rendered in fiberglass or marble are stripped away of the markers of female desire, and are symbolic for the artist of a pure, virginal state of being that is unaffected by the male-dominated world.
Press release courtesy Lehmann Maupin.