The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is pleased to invite artists Li Gang ang Alice Wang for a conversation about their practice and the notion of materiality. Li Gang and Alice Wang both place a strong emphasis on the materiality of their respective work. While the physical components of their work undergo transformation during the creative process, the materiality of these art objects is carefully preserved. As conceptual art and virtual reality have increasingly become the focus of contemporary artistic discourse, Li and Wang’s tendency towards an object-oriented ontology compels us to reexamine our understanding of sculpture. Given the difference in both education and background for the two artists, with Wang having mainly resided in Canada and the US, and Li in China, we will open up a discussion looking at the differences the two artists have had in exploring and shaping their respective artistic language, in hopes of encouraging further dialogue on the topic. The conversation is moderated by UCCA Curator, Yang Zi.
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Li Gang (Artist)
Li Gang (b. 1986, Dali, China) lives and works in Beijing. His recent solo exhibitions include “Fictional Symbol” (Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, 2017); “Complexion” (Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Rome, 2017); and “Li Gang” (Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, 2017). Recet group shows include: “Être et ne pas être” (Yishu 8 art foundation, Beijing, 2016); “Inventing Ritual” (Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum, Paris, 2016); The 6th Moscow Biennial (Moscow, 2015); and “Inside China: L’Intérieurdu Géant” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014). Li Gang experiments with various aesthetic possibilities through a wide range of media, from painting and photography, to installation and sculpture. He is interested in transforming everyday objects into something poetic and unique.
Alice Wang (Artist)
Alice Wang (b. 1983, Xi’an) received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and International Relations from the University of Toronto, BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and MFA from New York University. Her first solo exhibition in China is currently on view at Capsule Shanghai. She is currently based in Los Angeles.
Yang Zi (UCCA Curator)
Yang Zi received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies from Nanjing University, and is currently a curator for UCCA. Yang Zi has worked in art criticism and curation for nearly ten years, starting with his participation in the YCCA project at UCCA in 2008, which introduced him to art criticism and writing. Prior to joining UCCA, Yang Zi was an editor of LEAP, and he has written extensively for a range of publications, including LEAP, Artforum China, Art Bank, and Art Time, among others. He acted as executive editor on a series of UCCA catalogues, including Wang Yin: The Gift, Liu Wei: Colors, Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production, and Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours. His curatorial projects include “La Chair” (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2016) and “Secret Chamber” (am Art Space, Shanghai, 2016).
- English with Chinese Translation