With drawing the original elements and functional properties of daily objects, Gao Lei's practice with drawing, installation and photography incorporates the transformation and combination of them, by highlighting the combined relationship between orders and chaos, coldness and emotion. Gao's works are continuously introducing a strong resistance to daily routines and doubts about future trends. With his depiction of all kinds of distinctive objects and events, he highlights distortions, imbalance, and divisions caused from the rapid development of the society. In the isolated and alienated works, the artist prompts the viewers to reexamine and evaluate the different standards applied among us and the world.Read More
Gao Lei (b. 1980, Changsha, Hunan Province, China) received his BFA in Digital Media Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include Collage: Enzyme of Trial, Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2017); Gao Lei, A+ Contemporary, Taipei, China (2017); Wilderness, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China (2016); WINDOWSKY – Gao Lei Solo Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2014). Recent group exhibitions include The Racing Will Continue, The Dancing Will Stay, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2019); The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China (2017); AFTER UTOPIA - Revisiting The Ideal In Asian Contemporary Art，Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2015) ; OBSERVER CREATOR - Second CAFAM·Future Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2015); Criss-Cross: Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection, Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2014); Asia Code Zero, SOMA Museum, Seoul, Korea (2013). Gao Lei currently lives and works in Shanghai and Beijing.
Text courtesy White Space Beijing.
In The New Normal the organisers challenge the audience by posing the following questions: What is the place of art in China today? And what is to be done? In a world where previously held convictio