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  • Boxart Gallery - Liu Bolin
    as reducing interference from the authorities Between 1997 and 2002 the contemporary art scene developed differently in various parts of China In the capital artists experimenting with contemporary styles not supported by the art academies were fairly isolated from political and economic power This allowed them to explore with relative freedom In Shanghai and in Guangdong province on the other hand contemporary artists sought some form of commercial backing Inland centres of contemporary art such as the art academy in Sichuan always had close links with official art Isolation motivated many unofficial artists in Beijing to organize loose and informal networks and to relocate to areas away from the city centre While the first officially endorsed art biennale took place in Shanghai in 2000 Beijing had to wait until 2002 for its first sizeable exhibition with official governmental approval In the meantime the link between artists and the media strengthened In 1997 for example a Beijing graffiti artist fearing arrest sought progressive art reporters to support his claim that his was art and not sabotage which they did And today graffiti still a contested area in China and many European countries has been appropriated by twenty something Chinese while established artists including Liu Bolin reference it in their work Because of the influence of very diverse forces including an over heated art market compounded with an under resourced scene of non commercially oriented artistic production the occasional governmental intrusion foreign intervention political issues critical and philosophical arguments and several local regional and international art movements and trends China s art communities are in a constant state of flux Thus the ever growing ever changing ultra modern Beijing keeps moving its boundaries to allow its thriving art community enough space to expand And in recent years the metropolis has seen numerous art villages emerge and disappear a constant rise of communes vast studio complexes art gallery districts educational establishments and museums The impending destruction of one such artistic community Suojia Village on the north east side of Beijing then home to some one hundred contemporary art studios and galleries was the occasion that inspired the birth of Liu Bolin s now famous series Hiding in the City Liu Bolin Seeing with the body Using the eyes is by no means an act detached from the rest of the body Seeing and being moved gesturing and making visual images are mutually implicated aesthetic and sensual practices Carrie J Noland 2004 Hide and Seek is a two part exhibition that focuses on two separate but connected bodies of work The first one originated in Beijing and reflects the artist s experiences of his own social space as well as his preoccupation with the brutal sometimes absurd process of urbanization of contemporary China By contrast the new set of works is staged in Verona one of Italy s most beautiful citès d art where Liu took up an artist s residency with Boxart Here the artist explores Italy s attitude towards its cultural heritage and the place of human and architectural memory in the landscape Liu Bolin s chosen backgrounds whether iconic monuments or ordinary walls architectures road signs political slogans phone boxes are signifiers Their signified remains open And it is precisely this openness that allows the action of standing in front of them hiding in them to be read as a gesture of dialogue between historical memory and personal experience The series of performance photography Hiding in the City is Liu Bolin s best known work By painstakingly painting his own and others bodies to seemingly fuse with and disappear into a variety of ordinary urban Chinese spaces objects and architectures the artist explores the ways in which the places in which we live shape our identities Working across disciplines including painting photography sculpture and performance Liu Bolin is concerned with the interstices between freedom and control expression and silence the individual and the communal presence and invisibility Digitally manipulated images have certainly become a widespread cultural phenomenon in our media age as ubiquitous as industrially manufactured materials and objects And yet Liu Bolin s photography work reminiscent of Qiu Zhijie s Tatoo series 1994 2000 and of Zhang Huan s Family Tree series 2000 are not the product of manipulation of a digital image Instead they display a skilful use of painting together with a sculptor s sense of space and the human body within it Born in 1973 in the northern province of Shandong Liu Bolin trained at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts a student of the renowned artist Sui Jianguo who mentored him at the beginning of his career Liu belongs to the generation that came of age in the early 1990s when China emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution and was beginning to enjoy rapid economic growth and relative political stability At the same time the refashioning of society in a capitalist guise left many politically disenchanted and intellectually confused The poignant images created by the sculptor painter photographer invite viewers to reconsider spaces and places that are strikingly familiar no matter if from daily encounter with them or from exposure to cinema and television The serial dimension of Liu Bolin s actions of camouflage which are now not limited to disappearing into things but also explore the space around fellow humans adds new meaning to previous actions and spaces No matter the circumstances Liu Bolin s silent witnesses their eyes shut try to fit in What the viewer eventually finds in the camouflage based works is an endless multiplication of constructed space and objects Where is that billboard When did I see that building Liu s work seems to encourage reflection on the randomness seamlessness and incommensurability of spaces in the Chinese citiscapes The series that uses Olympic billboards as backdrops with its comical unmasking of China s inflated public image as a modern successful nation playfully deals with the recent politics of representation underlying an image of China s culture that conceals

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  • Boxart Gallery - Alejandro Almaraz
    news Many mail and web browsers programs support this feature startseite bildergalerie künstler veranstaltungen kataloge presseberichte kontakt Alejandro Almaraz Künstler Alejandro Almaraz Chia Sandro Cingolani Marco E2 Elizabeth Kleinveld Epaul Julien Facco Andrea Fiorese Mauro Fontana Franco Frangi Giovanni Gao Brothers Innocente Isgrò Emilio Kim Joon Laboratorio Saccardi Liu Bolin Ma Liuming Mastrovito Andrea Montesano Gian Marco Nitsch Hermann Rotella Mimmo Sabella Steve Schifano Mario Vaccari Wainer All the Prime

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  • Boxart Gallery - Alejandro Almaraz
    Many mail and web browsers programs support this feature startseite bildergalerie künstler veranstaltungen kataloge presseberichte kontakt Alejandro Almaraz Künstler Alejandro Almaraz Chia Sandro Cingolani Marco E2 Elizabeth Kleinveld Epaul Julien Facco Andrea Fiorese Mauro Fontana Franco Frangi Giovanni Gao Brothers Innocente Isgrò Emilio Kim Joon Laboratorio Saccardi Liu Bolin Ma Liuming Mastrovito Andrea Montesano Gian Marco Nitsch Hermann Rotella Mimmo Sabella Steve Schifano Mario Vaccari Wainer All the Presidents Of

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  • Boxart Gallery - Alejandro Almaraz
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  • Boxart Gallery - Alejandro Almaraz
    real time updated on this site news Many mail and web browsers programs support this feature startseite bildergalerie künstler veranstaltungen kataloge presseberichte kontakt Alejandro Almaraz Künstler Alejandro Almaraz Chia Sandro Cingolani Marco E2 Elizabeth Kleinveld Epaul Julien Facco Andrea Fiorese Mauro Fontana Franco Frangi Giovanni Gao Brothers Innocente Isgrò Emilio Kim Joon Laboratorio Saccardi Liu Bolin Ma Liuming Mastrovito Andrea Montesano Gian Marco Nitsch Hermann Rotella Mimmo Sabella Steve Schifano

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  • Boxart Gallery - Alejandro Almaraz
    be real time updated on this site news Many mail and web browsers programs support this feature startseite bildergalerie künstler veranstaltungen kataloge presseberichte kontakt Alejandro Almaraz Künstler Alejandro Almaraz Chia Sandro Cingolani Marco E2 Elizabeth Kleinveld Epaul Julien Facco Andrea Fiorese Mauro Fontana Franco Frangi Giovanni Gao Brothers Innocente Isgrò Emilio Kim Joon Laboratorio Saccardi Liu Bolin Ma Liuming Mastrovito Andrea Montesano Gian Marco Nitsch Hermann Rotella Mimmo Sabella Steve

    Original URL path: http://www.boxartgallery.com/show_opera.php?id=81&o=2584 (2016-02-14)
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  • Boxart Gallery - Marco Cingolani
    mail and web browsers programs support this feature startseite bildergalerie künstler veranstaltungen kataloge presseberichte kontakt Marco Cingolani Bezogene exponate SOCIETA ANONIMA DEL COLORE I VIZI CAPITALI SENZA TRUCCO PERCORSI DELLA FEDE Künstler Alejandro Almaraz Chia Sandro Cingolani Marco E2 Elizabeth Kleinveld Epaul Julien Facco Andrea Fiorese Mauro Fontana Franco Frangi Giovanni Gao Brothers Innocente Isgrò Emilio Kim Joon Laboratorio Saccardi Liu Bolin Ma Liuming Mastrovito Andrea Montesano Gian Marco Nitsch

    Original URL path: http://www.boxartgallery.com/show_opera.php?id=15&o=2821 (2016-02-14)
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  • Boxart Gallery - Marco Cingolani
    and web browsers programs support this feature startseite bildergalerie künstler veranstaltungen kataloge presseberichte kontakt Marco Cingolani Bezogene exponate SOCIETA ANONIMA DEL COLORE I VIZI CAPITALI SENZA TRUCCO PERCORSI DELLA FEDE Künstler Alejandro Almaraz Chia Sandro Cingolani Marco E2 Elizabeth Kleinveld Epaul Julien Facco Andrea Fiorese Mauro Fontana Franco Frangi Giovanni Gao Brothers Innocente Isgrò Emilio Kim Joon Laboratorio Saccardi Liu Bolin Ma Liuming Mastrovito Andrea Montesano Gian Marco Nitsch Hermann

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