Dan S. Wang
The exhibition featuring the video work of 18 international artists who explore aspects of Shanghai's rapidly evolving urban culture. It dismantles perceptions of the city's identity, stimulating complicated visions of the Far Orient and asking the public to reevaluate notions of neoliberalism and globalization. Focusing on a city that is constantly in flux, the show reveals a generation's dramatic achievements while questioning the sustainability of existing urbanism. Contemporary Jason Salavon presents a new eight-channel video projection: Spigot; the common thread in his artistic investigations is discovering unexpected patterns in daily encounters.
September 20 - December 13, 2009
Video work of 18 international artists
curated by Davide Quadrio and Dan S. Wang
Artists included: Sun Xun, Qiu Anxiong, Tang Maohong, Bu Hua, Song Tao, Cao Fei, Zhang Ding, Yang Fudong, David Cotterrell, Xu Zhen, Yang Zhenzhong, Pierre Giner, Olivo Barbieri, D-fuse, Jin Shan, Speedism, Mathieu Borysevicz, and Zhou Xiaohu
From September 20 to December 13, 2009 the Hyde Park Art Center presents Shanghype!, an exhibition featuring the video work of eighteen international artists who explore aspects of Shanghai’s rapidly evolving urban culture. Held in the Art Center’s Black Box Gallery, Shanghype! dismantles perceptions of the city’s identity, stimulating complicated visions of the Far Orient and asking the public to reevaluate notions of neoliberalism and globalization.
Focusing on a city that is constantly in flux—having been built from scratch, rebuilt, and overbuilt—the exhibition reveals a generation’s dramatic achievements while questioning the sustainability of existing urbanism. Using the notion of China at its height as a beginning metaphor, the exhibition works to explore Shanghai’s aspirations and desire to regain its once legendary reputation, the reflected need of China to be recognized as international and modern, and the power struggle between Shanghai’s local and global identity. Organizers of Shanghype! worked closely with selected artists on specific projects "pushing the place of Shanghai in the imaginary".
All artists involved with the exhibition have spent significant time in China conducting conceptual and visual research on cultural authenticity. Artists include: Sun Xun, Qiu Anxiong, Tang Maohong, Bu Hua, Song Tao, Cao Fei, Zhang Ding, Yang Fudong, David Cotterrell, Xu Zhen, Yang Zhenzhong, Pierre Giner, Olivo Barbieri, D-fuse, Jin Shan, Speedism, Mathieu Borysevicz, and Zhou Xiaohu. The works were selected by Davide Quadrio, a Shanghai-based curator and founder of BizArt, one of China’s oldest and most renowned independent spaces for contemporary art. Co-curating the exhibition is Dan S. Wang, a widely published Chicago-based writer and artist.
Shanghype! will be held in conjunction with the exhibition Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. Both exhibitions explore the cityscape of Shanghai as conceptual terrain. This program is part of a college-wide initiative at Columbia called Eyes on China. This exhibition and related programming has been supported in part by The Center for The Arts of East Asia at the University of Chicago, Arthub (www.arthubasia.org), Dr. Samuel Wang, and anonymous donors.
Jason Salavon: Spigot
September 20, 2009 - January 17, 2010, Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery
From September 20, 2009 to January 17, 2010, the Hyde Park Art Center will present a new eight-channel video projection on the Art Center’s façade, by Chicago-based artist Jason Salavon. The large-scale, real-time digital projection will be visible from both inside the gallery and outside the building on S. Cornell Ave.
Though Salavon works with a range of material forms—from photographic prints to video installations and real-time software—the common thread in his artistic investigations is discovering unexpected patterns in daily encounters. Largely influenced by American popular culture and innovations in information technology, Jason Salavon’s work manipulates digitized material while presenting unique approaches to familiar iconography. This exhibition is held in honor of Hyde Park Art Center Board Member and Chair Emeritus, Deone Jackman.
Jason Salavon received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Dutch National Foto Institute, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Salavon is currently a studio artist at the Hyde Park Art Center and associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago.
Image: Bu Hua, Savage Grow, 2008, animation video, 3 min. 52 sec.
Sponsored by the Center for the Arts of East Asia at the University of Chicago.
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