Roadside Picnic - The Zone

NEW YORK

December 14, 2017 – January 27, 2018

Tiger Chengliang Cai(b.1984)
Out of Business
2017
Looping animation video, flat-screen
Edition of 10

Conceived and choreographed by Tingying Ma. Dramaturged by Kang kang, performed by Tina Wang
Studies #6
2017
Performance at the opening reception 

Wang Tuo(b.1984)
Roleplay
2016
Single channel 4K video
24’31’’
Edition of 5 +2AP

Zhang Lang(b.1989)
Locate
2017
Mixed material, video and sound (2 min.)
Dimension variable
Edition of 3 + 1AP

Tan Tian(b.1988)
Parenthood #1
2017
Acrylic on canvas
220 x 210 cm (87 x 83 in)

Miranda Fengyuan Zhang(b.1993)
Untitled
2017
Mural
9 panels, each 243 x 121 cm (96 x 48 in)

Chang Yu Chen(b.1989)
November Room
2017
Mixed media
Dimension variable

Weigang Song(b.1990)
Dedicated To
2017
HD digital video, single channel, color/sound, projection or flat screen
Video (6‘20’‘)
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Wei Xiaoguang(b.1986)
Untitled (Caves)
2017
Oil on canvas
117 x 152 cm (46 x 60 in)

Yi Xin Tong(b. 1988)
Aggression Project – Spider and Trampoline
2016
Jacquard tapestry, galvanized metal tube, steel eye bolts
163 x 230 x 6.5 cm (64 x 90 1/2 x 2 1/2 in)
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

Chambers Fine Art is pleased to present ROADSIDE PICNIC, a group exhibition of Chinese artists living in New York, curated by Hiroshi Sunairi and Yixin (Sam) Gong.

The title of the exhibition is taken from a short science fiction novel written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky in 1971. The 1979 art film "Stalker," directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, is loosely based on the novel, with a screenplay written by the Strugatsky brothers. Set in the indefinite future, the "Stalker” works as a guide who leads people through the "Zone", an area in which the normal laws of reality do not apply. Touching upon themes of displacement and changing realities, the curators will present the work of 10 artists: Chang Yuchen, Lang Zhang, Miranda Fengyuan Zhang, Tan Tian, Tiger Chengliang Cai, Tingying Ma (in collaboration with Tina Wang and Kang Kang), Wang Tuo, Yi Xin Tong, Wei Xiaoguang, and Weigang Song.

Compared to the practices of Chinese artists represented in much of the current Western art scene, these artists, educated in the United States, create works that defy the ‘exoticization’ of their Chinese-ness. Their use of diverse art mediums, including painting, video, film, installation, performance, dance, drawing, and sculpture are fused with personal, idiosyncratic, theoretical, formal, satirical, poetic and ineffable contents.

“As the title implies, ROADSIDE PICNIC is the food meant to be eaten on an excursion by the side of a road. Where does this road lead to within the New York art world, to a maturity of style and content back in China, or toward becoming the leading voices of contemporary discourse?  ROADSIDE PICNIC is a celebration of the state in flux as our global world rattles anxiously and attentively”.

- Hiroshi Sunairi, Stalkert and Yixin (Sam) Gong, Bubble B.

About the curators:

Hiroshi Sunairi was born in Hiroshima in 1972.  Dealing with issues of collective memory and the public sphere, he creates sculpture/installation and cinema on various contents. 
Sunairi has exhibited internationally, and he teaches in the Art Department at New York University.

Yixin (Sam) Gong was born and raised in Xiamen, China, and is a curator and researcher based in New York City. He has worked on several non-profit institutions in China and Southeast Asia. Gong studies Art History at Rutgers University.

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