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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Shao Yi

China

Shao Yi’s meticulously made objects operate on the threshold between sculpture, installation art, and craft. In many of the new (2010/2011) works, the unexpected combination of stylistically distinct objects and material suggest various kinds of personal and mythical relationships. Combined together, these objects and paintings comprise subtle geometries and undistorted perspectives.

Shao Yi’s recent works mainly focus on the discovery and the use of new textures and material. Beginning in 2011, the artist purchased a piece of safety glass, smashed it into small pieces and initiated his new series of works, including 12x12x12, Hong, Parabola and so forth. Shao Yi produces these geometrical patterns or words, starting from a single point, an angle or for example from details of a particular side. The pieces of glass are extended on other edges and sides, presenting various forms at each step.

Similarly, Shao Yi’s idiosyncratic 2010 works are composed of traditional auspicious patterns, modern industrial molds, folk art. From two and three-dimensional works to installations, Shao Yi builds a unique system of faith-related symbols. He turns auspicious patterns such as Ru yi, Yuan bao, Pi xiu and bats into abstract creatures or decorative landscape paintings, while modern industrial wood molds are reassembled into curious and extravagant totemic sculptures. Daily ready-mades or amulets are displayed on one side of wooden billboards and large scale aluminum badges on the other, expanding common materials’ numerous evocative possibilities.

The installation piece Broadcast (2008) likewise represents the coalescence of everyday objects. Audio and images are juxtaposed to demonstrate the most quotidian still pictures in real life. Broadcast consists of Cultural Revolution era speakers the artist collected from rural areas around China. The viewer is confronted with a barrage of voices blaring from the speakers at once. Political propaganda intermingles with regular conversations – it is impossible to distinguish which is which. The artist perfectly encapsulates the atmosphere of China during the Cultural Revolution, when politics infiltrated private lives to the point where politics was life.

Shao Yi was born in Hang Zhou in 1967, he lives and works in Hang Zhou and Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include Elementary Spectacle, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2010), Light Fogging - Shao Yi Solo Exhibition, BizArt Center, Shanghai (2008). Things from the gallery warehouse, ShangART H-Space, Shanghai (2009), Contemporary Art Exhibition in Songjiang, Songjiang Creative Studio, Shanghai (2009).

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Featured Artworks

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2014.6.21(part 11) by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao Yi2014.6.21(part 11), 2014 The Crushed Mirror Glasses by the Fist, Silk Screen Printing (Words Excerpt from Benjamin), Handwriting Comments by Red Marker Pen
80 x 60 cm
ShanghART
Psychiatric Centre Immateriality Status 1 by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiPsychiatric Centre Immateriality Status 1, 2016 Galvanized steel plate
118 x 70 cm
ShanghART
Immateriality Status I by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiImmateriality Status I, 2016 Galvanized steel plate
118 x 70 cm
ShanghART
Lighting Project by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiLighting Project, 2016 Tuff, car tail lights, steel plate, transformer, jack
ShanghART
Ripple 2 by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiRipple 2, 2016 Steel plate
120 x 224 x 25 cm
ShanghART
Ripple 1 by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiRipple 1, 2016 Steel plate
120 x 216 x 27 cm
ShanghART
Still Doesn't Work by Shao Yi contemporary artwork
Shao YiStill Doesn't Work, 2016 Galvanized sheet
120 x 70 x 4 cm
ShanghART

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Wind Flirts among Words 夏风惹来一堆字 at ShanghART, Shanghai
Closed
27 July–28 August 2019 Group Exhibition Summer Wind Flirts among Words 夏风惹来一堆字 ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Shao Yi, Shao Yi Is Here at ShanghART, Beijing
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1 May–12 July 2016 Shao Yi Shao Yi Is Here ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, 7 SEVEN at ShanghART, Singapore
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21 November 2015–10 January 2016 Group Show 7 SEVEN ShanghART, Singapore

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'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore Related Press 'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore Art Radar Journal : 16 November 2016

Mention new media art, and the first things which might come to mind are a sense of ephemerality and insubstantiality – the evanescence of artworks which exist, in some sense, as particular arrangements of bits. Not so with The Dynamics, a largely new media-based group exhibition at Singapore’s ShanghART gallery, which places some...

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