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Surreal Nightmare of Contemporary Life

Surreal Nightmare of Contemporary Life
Speakers: Jordan Wolfson, Siyuan Chinnery
Date&Time: 17:30-19:00, November.10, 2017
Venue: Westbund art center Hall B
 
 
Over the past decade Jordan Wolfson has emerged as one of America’s most thought-provoking young artists. Wolfson’s practice to date has spanned video, film, installation, performance, print and photography.
 
A cataloguing of violence in art might begin with Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s teeming battle scene, The Triumph of Death, we might continue on to Caravaggio’s Grand Guignol Judith Beheading Holofernes, Francisco Goya’s ravenous Saturn Devouring His Son and Pablo Piccaso’s Guernica. Jordan Wolfson’s works make new explorations on these historical themes of violence, death and darkness, especially the projection of inner impulses (desire, optimism, violence or guilt) into constructed selves or scenarios. The power of Wolfson’s work owes equally to the visceral impact of its complex, animated representations – which slide seamlessly from banal to violent, and from vividly imaginary to scarily real – and to its disturbing refusal to judge.
 
On the occasion of his first solo exhibition in China, held in the Pond Society in the West Bund, Wolfson will speak with Siyuan Chinnery about his practice. The talk will offer a rare opportunity to hear and communicate with the artist at first hand.
 
Courtesy: Inez and Vinoodh

Jordan Wolfson was born in 1980 in New York. In 2003, he received his B.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work Real violence (2017) was recently displayed at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York. Solo exhibitions include TRUTH / LOVE and MANIC / LOVE , Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016 and 2017); Jordan Wolfson: Colored sculpture, LUMA Foundation, Arles, France (2016); Jordan Wolfson: Two Early Works, Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio (2015); Jordan Wolfson: Ecce Homo/le Poseur, organised by the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent (2013); and Raspberry Poser, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2013). Group exhibitions include World As Cartoon, Tate Britain, London (2017); Manifesta 10, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2014); 6th Glasgow International (2014); and 14 Rooms, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Art Basel (2014). In 2009 he received the Cartier Award from the Frieze Foundation. 
 
Siyuan Chinnery (born in Edinburgh, 1971) is an artist and art critic based in Beijing. Chinnery graduated in Chinese Language and Civilisation at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in1997. From 1998 to 2002 he worked at the British Library's International Dunhuang Project, a project dedicated to facilitating international research of the voluminous collection of ancient manuscripts discovered in Dunhuang, setting up the project’s Beijing office at the National Library of China. 
In 2002 Chinnery moved to China and began exhibiting widely as an artist in China, Europe and the US. Currently he is developing a major new work titled Sound Museum, an online social engagement project that explores the contemporary and historical sounds of Beijing. 
Chinnery was Director in 2009 and 2010 of ShContemporary Art Fair in Shanghai, and between 2006-2008 he was Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing, playing a central role in setting up China’s first major contemporary art institution. Between 2003 and 2006, as Arts Manager for the British Council in Beijing, he initiated major projects in experimental theatre, live art, sound art, and visual arts, bringing a wider public into contact with experimental practice. Chinnery writes regularly about contemporary art and is contributing editor for Frieze magazine.