Chen Xiaoyun's works are always in an artistic and poetic style, with perceptual thinking running through narrative structure, and use individual fragments of consciousness as a ferry to the real world in a video format. His works usually start with a caption, a dialogue, or a motion, being overlapped, refined, and abstracted, to stir up our known world to be crazier and more ridiculous, or more hesitate and more vain.Read More
Chen Xiaoyun (1971) was born in Hubei province. Since his participation in the group exhibition Art for Sale held in Shanghai in 1999, he started his contemporary art creation and practice in video art, and has become one of the most important experimental artists in the most recent decade.
Chen Xiaoyun has participated in various international art exhibition and festivals, including Shanghai Kino at Kunsthalle Bern (2009, Switzerland), 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008, Australia), Havana Biennial 2008, Drapeaux Gril at CAPA-Musee d'art Contemporain (2007, Bordeaux in France), the Busan Biennale 2006 in Korea, Turin Triennial 2006 in Italy, Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art 2005 in Japan, and the 5th Shanghai Biennial (2004). His recent solo exhibition including: "Zhuiku Tablet" Annotation-CHEN Xiaoyun Solo Exhibition, ShanghART Beijing (2012); Why Life, ShanghART Beijing(2011); Emerald Tablet held at ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2009); Faint at MC, Los Angeles (2008); Love You Big Boss at the Project Gallery, New York (2008).
Text courtesy ShanghART.
A cartoon-style graphic of a power surge has been precision-cut into three slabs of five-millimeter-thick aluminum and bolted securely to the wall of Chen Xiaoyun’s exhibition at ShanghArt Gallery. The work’s title, The Lightning in the Eyes of Three Travelers (all works 2016), evokes travelers who may be exhausted by the artistic...