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Weekend in Art: Tech, Pixels, Paintings

By Jul 1, 2016 Arts & Stage
Whether it’s for browsing, buying or schmoozing, art lovers are spoiled for choice this weekend with a bunch of openings and events around town. That includes the second edition of Shanghai Young Art Fair: open to all and sundry from tomorrow through Monday at Shanghai Exhibition Center, it features works by some 300 or so up-and-coming Chinese artists. No word on prices at the time of posting, but buying or no, it sounds pretty great.

As well as art shopping ops, there’s an exhibition curated by Du Xiyun and Yu Ke exploring the fair’s central theme of Transience Metro: Scape (cities, youth and time, apparently), a jury-selected ‘Futures’ section, all buoyed by an impressive academic committee including the likes of artist Ding Yi and CAFA’s Yang Jinsong. Reluctant to fork out 120rmb for tickets? Fear not: a slew of gallery openings has you covered - more after the jump.

Tech and the internet are dominant themes this weekend - most notably at MoCA Pavilion’s summer showcase, Void. Featuring two of China’s most exciting new media artists du jour - Miao Ying and Xu Wenkai, or aaajiao as he’s better known - that promises digitally-generated imagery, interwoven with bewildering but ultimately pointless data. If the names sound familiar, they most likely are: Miao Ying is behind MadeIn’s ongoing Content Aware show; while aaajiao is the focus of OCAT Xi’an’s current solo having previously exhibited at Shanghai’s very own Leo Xu Projects.

Xu Cong, Meta Meta at Basement6

Also concerned with all things techie is local artist Xu Cong, whose Technological Spectacle kicks off at Pingwu Lu lair Basement6 on Saturday, July 2 from 7pm. All about the enormous value and faith we place in technology and science, and the ever-renewing data streams that surround us, it’s an interactive affair to blur boundaries of reality and virtual, online and offline.

Related, an exhibition of paintings over at Pearl Lam Galleries translates pixels and digital imagery to canvas. John Young’s signature “human-computer friendship method” sees the Chinese-Australian artist digitally manipulate works by Wang Ji Yuan, Guan Liang and Qiu Ti, all members of China’s first modern art association. He then reproduces the resulting abstract images into oil onto canvas. Called Storm Resurrection, go have a look on Saturday July 2, 3.30-4.30pm.

John Young, Storm Resurrection, 2016 at Pearl Lam Galleries

From there, head over to Art Labor gallery for yet more paintings by six international artists, including rising star Howie Tsui whose scroll-like works feature all kinds of mythical monsters, ghosts and gore. The show’s called Fireflowers and grandly opens Saturday July 2 from 6-9pm. Alternatively or as well, from 5-7pm Leo Gallery kicks off a summertime group exhibition of seven female artists, all exploring the power and possibilities of symbols.

Song Jiayin, Mark, 2016 at Leo Gallery

Finally, wind up at Kulou where CNCREATE’s Street Art Project culminates in a selling exhibition of photos and films documenting a month of art-making in and around the city. Tickets cost 50rmb a pop and the event includes a Street Art Battle between two of Shanghai’s finest, plus a screening of Style Wars, a 1983 documentary about hip-hop, breakdancing and graffiti in 1970s New York.

For all of that and more, check the art calendar here.



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