It has already become a tradition to exhibit works by artists who have been part of the gallery's programme for many years and exhibit these together with young and new positions during the 'summer break'. SHORT CUT is not pursuing any curatorial concept, but rather letting very different positions shed their own light next to each other, without wanting to give reference to the complete works of the individual artists.
Already in 1999, Yin Xiuzhen (* 1963 in China) exhibited here with installations and objects that trace the idea of the 'social sculpture' - however not in the common Western sense. Through the use of textiles, she creates new connotations of personal and interpersonal intimacy. Chiharu Shiota (* 1972 in Japan, lives in Berlin) also exhibited here for the first time in 1999. She depicts human feelings and fears with her often room-filling installations that are either made of wool fibers and clothes, glass and windows, or her 'blood-pumps'. The strength of her work often lies within their ambivalence and ambiguity. For the first time in 2002 works by Heri Dono (* 1960 in Indonesia) were exhibited here. His seemingly archaic installations and kinetic objects take on the artistic traditions of his homeland and are given a philosophical and socially critical underlining.
The young artists in this exhibition are Lu Song and Zhao Zhao. Lu Song (* 1982 in China) breaks through the romanticized subjects of his fantastic landscapes through his painting style: every deceptive appearance is lastingly disrupted in a massive, but subtle way. This allows the process of painting to be more connected to intuition than to composition. The critical approach of Zhao Zhao (* 1982 in China) is strongly influenced by the close ties he has with Ai Weiwei. With his performances, installations and paintings, he challenges ideologically coloured conventions, as well as the clichés of art history and current patterns of interpretation.
Other positions from Asia represented in this exhibition are Nandan Giya, Jin Lie, Lin Jingjing and Zhang Hui. Nandan Ghiya (* 1980 in India) focuses on computer technology and the 'social networks' of everyday life. He manipulates and creates collages out of old found images, recomposing them into pseudo-digital images. Jin Lie (* 1969 in China, lives in Berlin) confronts the question of identity in his paintings in subtle and often ironic way, using the personal experience of coming into contact with Western pop culture in his childhood and youth in China, as well with a view on the history of his home country. Lin Jingjing (* 1975 in China) focuses on interpersonal relationships and their internal and external vulnerabilities which is sophisticatedly transmitted onto social traditions and processes. She uses found materials and changes them - 'hurts' them through embroidery, in order to put content and aesthetics in a new context. Zhang Hui (* 1979 in China) reflects on traditional Chinese landscape painting. Her findings push a concentrated but not less sensitive brushwork often towards abstraction. The colours function less as a painting medium, and more as a language for these sensations.
This exhibition creates an image of just one of the facets of the gallery's programme. Furthermore it also creates a fragmentary view of contemporary Asian art containing the diversity of their ideas, as well as their cross-continental references to cultural and social traditions and to the different, contemporary and cutting-edge artistic approaches.
OPENING | Friday, July 20th, 2012 | 7 pm - 9 pm