Chinese New Media Installation on Display in New York
New York -- The Gallery at Hermès continues a long-standing commitment to present works from emerging artists by mounting the first U.S. exhibition of one of China’s acclaimed artists, Gao Shiqiang. Story, a video and sound installation in four Chinese ceramic jars, will be on display from May 4 through 25. The work debuted at the Shanghai Biennial in the new media exhibition, A Yellow Box in Qingpu: Contemporary Art and Architecture in a Chinese Space. Located on the fourth floor of Hermés at 691 Madison Avenue, Story will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturdays (Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
The generation of Chinese artists who have emerged since 1989 have galvanized the interest of collectors and curators worldwide. “It’s as if they have taken Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Margritte, and Warhol and swallowed them whole,” wrote The Sunday Times (London). Contemporary artists like Gao seek to explore the threads of everyday life and transcend parochial politics and their traditional culture to create work that reflects the new reality around them. “Story is the way we transform ourselves and how history is left to tell the story. When we tell our story, we temporarily leave our daily life. It is through this work that I have dissociated myself from my daily life as well as my history. As a result, I can examine the past and explore the relationship between past and present, Eros and Death, being and nothing, ” says Gao.
The exhibition will also include four single-channel works: Among, Segment, One Day and One Night and Chamber Theatre: Womb, which show the monotony, tedium and despair of daily life. Gao describes these works as “a diary of daydreams of contemporary Chinese youth trapped by the routines of daily life.”
Gao Shiqiang belongs to the generation championed by the new media guru, Gao Shiming, Deputy Director of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Born in 1971, Gao is a professor in the Experimental Art Department at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. His work has been exhibited throughout China and Asia since 1996.
The most recent exhibition at The Gallery at Hermès featured a bi-coastal multi-media presentation of over 500 images selected by Steven Higgins, Acting Chief Curator, and Ronald Magliozzi, Associated Curator, Research and Collections of The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film, from the book Still Moving: The Film and Media Collections of The Museum of Modern Art. Hermès has presented a variety of exhibitions, which include Doug Aitken’s Broken Screen, an exhibition and bi-coastal Happenings; Lou Reed’s debut photography exhibition; and the first New York exhibition of Michael Ackerman.