Artist Talk: Starting All Over Again
Apr 28, 2018 Saturday 19:00 - 20:30
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
We are honored to invite the artist Zhang Ruyi to have a dialogue with Liu Yingjiu, the deputy director of Rockbund Art Museum. The conversation between the artist and the director will lead us to behind-the-scene stories of the artwork as well as the practice of the artist. Through the discussion based on the artwork, we hope to discuss how daily life and art practice, individual being and the environment he or she is in, human beings and objects confront or merge with each other in the art space.
Decoration: Displacement, 2018, concrete, iron slice, iron wire, steel, resin, floor drain, pigment, ceramic tiles, metal, mirrors, peep hole, dimensions variable.
Courtesy of the artist and Don Gallery.
The artist proceeds with “decoration” this time by incorporating the idea of displacement. It is an attempt to construct a dialogue between individuals and spatial matters like surrounding environments. The articles scattered on the fourth floor resemble “ornaments”. They come from everyday life yet are divorced from all its aspects. The “cabinet” presented on the fifth floor is an overall “reconstruction,” where a narrow space is applied to connect the interior and the exterior of the building, emphasizing their separation and interdependence. The artist employs objects to question objects and spaces to question spaces, thus resisting the order.
Zhang Ruyi (b. 1985) is an artist currently living and working in Shanghai. She works predominantly in abstract drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. In her practice, sculpture occupies a unique space mediating artifacts, industrial experience and urbanism. Zhang’s work has been presented by Sadie Coles HQ (London, 2017), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, 2017), Cass Sculpture Foundation (Chichester, 2016), Sifang Art Museum (Nanjing, 2016), chi K11 art museum (Shanghai, 2016), Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, 2015), etc. Her solo exhibitions include “Building Opposite Building” (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2016), “Pause” (White Space Beijing, Beijing, 2016), “Cut | Off” (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2014), etc. Zhang is the recipient of Prix YISHU 8 · Chine 2017 and the participant of the 2017 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Programme.
Liu Yingjiu is Deputy Director of RAM in charge of the museum’s daily operation and education programmes. He joined the Rockbund Art Museum in 2009 as curator and oversaw the organization of the highly acclaimed opening series of exhibitions in 2010, such as Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant Da Vincis and 2010 Zeng Fanzhi. Before that, he was the Deputy Director of Curatorial Department at He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen. Holding an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, Liu Yingjiu has extensive knowledge in contemporary art and museum theories, as well as rich experience in museum administration and project management. He was invited to give lectures at the State Bureau for Cultural Relics, CAFA, and participate in professional exchanges on international and domestic occasions.
Free admission, reservation is required.