ROADSIDE PICNIC – THE ZONE

at CHAMBERS FINE ART 前波画廊
522 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

Exhibition Date: December 14, 2017 – January 27, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6-8pm

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Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, “Roadside Picnic,” 1971
Rediscovered Classic, Chicago Review Press 2012

Chambers Fine Art is pleased to present ROADSIDE PICNIC, a group exhibition of Chinese artists living in New York, curated by Hiroshi Sunairi and Yixin (Sam) Gong. The title of the exhibition is taken from a short science fiction novel written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky in 1971. The 1979 art film “Stalker,” directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, is loosely based on the novel, with a screenplay written by the Strugatsky brothers. Set in the indefinite future, the “Stalker” works as a guide who leads people through the “Zone”, an area in which the normal laws of reality do not apply.Touching upon themes of displacement and changing realities, the curators will present the work of 10 artists: Chang Yuchen, Lang Zhang, Miranda Fengyuan Zhang, Tan Tian, Tiger Chengliang Cai, Tingying Ma (in collaboration with Tina Wang and Kang Kang), Wang Tuo, Yi Xin Tong, Wei Xiaoguang, and Weigang Song.

Compared to the practices of Chinese artists represented in much of the current Western art scene, these artists, educated in the United States, create works that defy the ‘exoticization’ of their Chinese-ness. Their use of diverse art mediums, including painting, video, film, installation, performance, dance, drawing, and sculpture are fused with personal, idiosyncratic, theoretical, formal, satirical, poetic and ineffable contents.

“As the title implies, ROADSIDE PICNIC is the food meant to be eaten on an excursion by the side of a road. Where does this road lead to within the New York art world, to a maturity of style and content back in China, or toward becoming the leading voices of contemporary discourse? ROADSIDE PICNIC is a celebration of the state in flux as our global world rattles anxiously and attentively”. – Hiroshi Sunairi, Stalkert and Yixin (Sam) Gong, Bubble B.

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About the curators:

Hiroshi Sunairi was born in Hiroshima in 1972. Dealing with issues of collective memory and the public sphere, he creates sculpture/installation and cinema on various contents.
Sunairi has exhibited internationally, and he teaches in the Art Department at New York University.

Yixin (Sam) Gong was born and raised in Xiamen, China, and is a curator and researcher based in New York City. He has worked on several non-profit institutions in China and Southeast Asia. Gong studies Art History at Rutgers University.

 

IMG_0701IMG_0702.jpgThe Lost Hammer_Screenshot_01.jpgThe Lost Hammer_Screenshot_03.jpgTiger Chengliang Cai
“The Lost Hammer”
Looping animation video, flatscreen
2017

 

Read 01.JPGLang Zhang
“Access”
Painted wood
Dimension variable
2017

 

IMG_0671IMG_0681.jpgTan Tian
“Parenthood #7 (Wood Curtain)” x 2
Timber, Oil Paint
Dimension Variable
2017

 

IMG_0675.jpgRoleplay (角色扮演), 2016, Single channel 4K video,  24'31_, Courtesy of the artist_Film still 1.jpgTuo Wang
“Roleplay”
Single channel 4K video projection (25 min.)
2016

 

Vent 02Vent 03Vent 01Lang Zhang
“Locate”
Mixed Material, Video and sound (2 min.)
Dimension variable
2017

 

Read 02.JPGRead detail 01Read detail 02Lang Zhang
“Read”
Painted wood
Dimension variable
2017

 

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Chang Yuchen
November Room
Mixed midia
Dimension variable
2017

 

IMG_0611Dedicated To Still 01Dedicated To Still 02Dedicated To Still 03Weigang Song
“Dedicated To Still”
video (6 mim.), flatscreen
2017

 

Read 03.JPGRead detail 03.JPGLang Zhang
“Read”
Painted wood
Dimension variable
2017

 

IMG_0610.jpgYi Xin Tong
Strange New Health
Jacquard tapestry, galvanized metal tube, steel eye bolts
84 x 71 x 2.5 inches
2017

 

Out of Business_Screenshot_01Out of Business_Screenshot_02Out of Business_Screenshot_03Tiger Chengliang Cai
“Out of Business”
Looping animation video, flatscreen
2017

 

20171215_ZHANG_01_PLH20171215_ZHANG_02_PLH20171215_ZHANG_03_PLH20171215_ZHANG_04_PLHMiranda Fengyuan Zhang
“Untitled”
Mural
2017

 

Alarm 01Alarm 02Lang Zhang
“Alarm”
Painted wood
Dimension variable
2017

 

IMG_0613IMG_0620IMG_0622DSC_8490DSC_8530DSC_8618Tingying Ma
(With Tina Wang: dance artist / Kang Kang: dramaturg)
“Studies #6”
Performance at the opening reception
2017

 

Read 04.JPGLang Zhang
“Access”
Painted wood
Dimension variable
2017

 

IMG_0597.jpgYi Xin Tong
Strange New Health
Jacquard tapestry, galvanized metal tube, steel eye bolts
84 x 71 x 2.5 inches
2017

 

IMG_0587.jpgTan Tian
“Parenthood #1”
Acrylic on Canvas
87 x 83 in.
2017

 

IMG_0601.jpgWei Xiaoguang
“Untitled (Caves)”
Oil on canvas
46 x 54 in.
2017

 

IMG_0631IMG_0633IMG_0640Tan Tian
“Parenthood #7 (Wood Curtain)” x 2
Timber, Oil Paint
Dimension Variable
2017

 

 

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