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ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice
2013.1.13 - 2013.4.14
Great Hall, Central Gallery, Long Gallery, Nave
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Chinese artists born after 1975 have grown up, toggling between extremes, in a rising society and globalized culture. The title ON | OFF, which comes from the graphical interface of a common VPN software used to scale China’s Internet firewall, represents this binary condition at its simplest and most direct. Representing a striking diversity of practices and positions, this generation is the first to come of age in a post-Opening, post-Reform China, a group with instant access to information about artistic developments around the world and ample opportunities to travel abroad. Occupying all four exhibition spaces at the UCCA, ON | OFF is a large-scale group exhibition featuring the work of fifty young Chinese artists who together offer a collective portrait of this important generation. Co-curated by Bao Dong and Sun Dongdong. To be accompanied by two publications, a video documentary, and a series of public programs.

For more information, please read the “ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice” press release.

Works in the Exhibition
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    • Xin Yunpeng
    • No Problem
    • 2013
    • PVC inflatable model, silica gel, pneumatic equipment
    • 500 x 500 cm
    • Wu Junyong
    • 7 o’clock
    • 2012
    • acrylic on wood
    • 270 x 260 x 120 cm
    • Birdhead
    • Today 2/3/4/5/6/7
    • 2013
    • gelatin silver print, mahogany, python skin, chamois leather/gelatin silver print, mahogany, python skin, calf skin, velvet/gelatin silver print, mahogany, horsehide, velvet/gelatin silver print, mahogany, calf skin/gelatin silver print, mahogany, leather mounted with alligator skin, velvet/gelatin silver print, mahogany, leather mounted with pearl gourami skin, silk
    • 100 x 78 x 6 cm/47.5 x 60.5 x 7 cm/78 x 65 x 12 cm/65.5 x 80.5 x 7 cm/80 x 60 x 8.5 cm/50 x 63 x 6 cm
    • Courtesy of Shanghart Gallery
    • Chen Wei
    • Mossy Room/Coins in Fountain Basin/Half of the Statue/Coins #1/Coins #2
    • 2011/2011/2012/2012/2012
    • archival inkjet print/
    • 150 x 180 cm/150 x 180 cm/150 x 180 cm/150 x 120 cm/150 x 120 cm
    • Chen Yufan and Chen Yujun
    • Mulan River | Home
    • 2012
    • wooden board, books, corrugated paper, polyester foam, plexiglass, cotton rope
    • 1000 x 890 x 52 cm
    • Courtesy of Boers-Li Gallery
    • Chen Zhe
    • Bees
    • 2010-2012
    • photographs, letters, journals, dimensions variable
    • Funding for Bees was provided in part by The Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award.
    • Chen Zhou
    • Muhammad Ali, Superman, and the Secret of Banana
    • 2012
    • 4-channel video, oil paintings
    • Ge Lei
    • Photography in China (1850s-1890s)
    • 2012
    • Albumen-print carte de visite, elm showcase, acrylic, mirror carrier
    • 96 x 136 x 48 cm x 3 pieces
    • Urban-Rural Fringe Group(Gong Jian, Li Jinghu)
    • Urban-Rural Fringe Group Prologue
    • 2012
    • Fabric strips, resin, iron nail, acrylic on wood
    • Dimensions variable
    • Huang Ran
    • Maybe We Just Care About the Feeling of Caring
    • 2013
    • Stainless steel, bubble machine, bubble soap, high-voltage generator
    • Dimensions variable
    • Jiang Pengyi
    • Everything Illuminates No.9/Everything Illuminates No. 10
    • 2012
    • Archival inkjet print
    • 251 x 180 cm
    • Jin Shan
    • A Brief History of Hooliganism
    • 2012
    • 4-channel video
    • 10’28″
    • Lee Fuchun
    • B2B2C
    • 2010-2012
    • Mixed media
    • Dimensions variable
    • Li Liao
    • Consumption
    • 2012
    • Performance, ready-made materials
    • Dimensions variable
    • Cheng Ran
    • Existence Without Air, Food or Water
    • 2013
    • Single-channel video
    • 10’45″
    • Li Shurui
    • Heiqiao Tower of Babel
    • 2012
    • wood, acrylic, marker, paint
    • 412 x 244 x 136 cm
    • Liu Chuang
    • Untitled (Midnight Flight)
    • 2013
    • Aluminum
    • 750 x 285 x 280 cm
    • With support from Tang Contemporary Art Center
    • Lu Yang
    • UterusMan OP/UterusMan Posters
    • 2013
    • Animation, music by SQUARELOUD (IDMONN x TUNELEE)/digital print, dimensions variable
    • Original design and layout by the artist, drawing by hhuuaazzii
    • Ma Qiusha
    • Oh, Be Sweet
    • 2013
    • Polyethylene resin, animal furs, cutting machine, stainless steel
    • Dimensions variable
    • Qiu Xiaofei
    • Recurring
    • 2012
    • oil on canvas/oil on canvas, wood/oil on canvas, wood, metal
    • 300 x 400 cm/100 x 120 cm/141 x 100 x 46 cm/30 x 20 cm, 400 x 8 cm, 12 x 12 x 12 cm (metal head)
    • Courtesy of Boers-Li Gallery
    • Shang Yixin
    • By the Sea
    • 2012
    • Iron, board, ETC lighting, plexiglass
    • Dimensions variable
    • Shi Wanwan
    • An Istanbul Painter
    • 2010-2011
    • Text, sketches
    • 18.2 x 25.7 cm x 55 pieces, 25.3 x 35.3 cm x 1 piece
    • Song Yuanyuan
    • Las Vegas/Public Area
    • 2012
    • Oil on canvas
    • 340 x 250 cm/250 x 180 cm
    • Wang Sishun
    • Uncertain Capital
    • 2009
    • Coins
    • Courtesy of SO YOUNG COLLECTION
    • Wen Ling
    • One Day in My Life
    • 2012
    • ink on paper
    • 109 x 79 cm x 20 pieces
    • Xu Qu
    • It’s Not a Matter of Time
    • 2012-2013
    • Black marble pedestal, coffee cup, plaster sculpture, stainless steel installation, bucket of purified water, fire axe, knife, 2 staff workers
    • Dimensions variable
    • Yang Jian
    • Sooner or Later, Lightning Will Strike Us All
    • 2011-2012
    • Video installation, single-channel HD video
    • 8’46″
    • Zhang Ding
    • Control Club
    • 2013
    • High density board, metal support, speaker, bronze bell, power amplifier, sound console, frequency divider, telephone, wires
    • 500 cm x 500 cm x 490 cm, 50 cm x 52 cm x 120 cm, 50 cm x 125.5 cm x 100 cm
    • Zhang Liaoyuan
    • Light Changed by Image
    • 2012
    • Installation
    • Dimensions variable
    • Zhao Yao
    • Expectations of Form
    • 2013
    • Performance, installation
    • Dimensions variable
    • Zhao Zhao
    • Repetition
    • 2012
    • White marble, limestone
    • 150 x 150 cm
    • Zhou Tao
    • Collector
    • 2012
    • Video installation, single-channel HD video
    • 18’37″
Installation Views
Related Programs
    • 2013.1.12
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Ways and Means Art in Social Systems: Wu Junyong, Li Fuchun, Li Liao
      15:30 – 17:30
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.1.13
      [Live Performance] ON | OFF Concert #1: Sound | Space Percussion Dramas by the 70|80 Generation Of Composers
      15:00
      UCCA Pavilion
    • 2013.1.13
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Ways and Means Acting as Artistic Practice: Hu Xiangqian, Yan Xing, Li Ran
      10:30 – 12:00
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.1.13
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Ways and Means from The Sensory to The Ideological: Xie Molin, Liang Yuanwei, Li Shurui
      12:30 – 14:00
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.1.13
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Ways and Means Photography as Means/Medium: Ge Lei, Chen Zhe
      14:30 – 16:00
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.3.3
      [Live Performance] ON | OFF “Switch”: Electronic Music Concert
      18:00 - 20:30
      UCCA Pavilion
    • 2013.3.16
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Self-Made, Self-Said Self-Made Practice and Strategies: Art Experience Project,Arrow Factory
      18:00 – 19:30
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.3.16
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Self-Made, Self-Said Art Groups: New Analysts Group, Big Tail Elephant Group, Polit-Sheer-Form
      16:00 - 17:30
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.3.23
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Self-Made, Self-Said Structures and Actions: Organhaus Art Space, Am Art Space, Gland
      16:00 – 17:30
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.3.23
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Self-Made, Self-Said The Critical Mass: An Observation of Emerging Organizations
      18:00 – 19:30
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.4.6
      [Art Cinema] Documentary Screening: ON | OFF: Young Artists in China
      19:00 - 20:30
      UCCA Art Cinema
    • 2013.4.6
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Ways and Means Art Publishing and Archiving
      16:30 - 18:30
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.4.6
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Ways and Means Art Publishing and Archiving
      14:00 - 16:00
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.4.7
      [Art Cinema] Moving Image Works from “On │ Off” Artists
      19:00 - 21:00
      UCCA Art Cinema
    • 2013.4.7
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Ways and Means Art Media
      16:30 - 18:30
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.4.7
      [Talks & Forums] ON | OFF Public Program Series: Ways and Means Art History and Art Criticism
      14:00 - 16:00
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.4.13
      [Live Performance] ON | OFF Concert #3 Voice and Tradition
      19:00 - 21:00
      UCCA Pavilion
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