"Track/ Locus" Liu Yazhou Solo Exhibition
City: Beijing
Curator: Zhang Yingying
Duration: 2017-09-28 ~ 2017-10-31
Opening: 2017.09.28 16:00
Venue: Café Yang
Address: Main 2nd Street, 798 Art District,No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Participating Artist(s): Liu Yazhou

Press Release

This exhibition is an encounter between a young artist and an ambivalent new space, the combination of Gallery Yang's café and its courtyard.

Nowadays, artistic activities are taking place in almost all art spaces, sometimes not confined by building boundaries. But many spaces are passive when holding exhibitions, with one mission imposed on them, that is, the arrangement and display of artistic works. We often understand a gallery space in terms of its architectural and commercial functions, rarely reminding ourselves that the air invisibly sliding in and out the building is also an intrinsic component of the space.

Gallery Yang's café and its courtyard constitute a "nonstandard" space, since it is so different from many big spaces in terms of spatial elements. Its ecological system is a natural one: a typical urban outdoor climate, four seasons, winds, rains, a café, a reception room, and a restroom. All these elements can be used by a artist and integrated into a work.

Liu Yazhou is an artist who newly graduated and received his master degree from an art college. In this exhibition, for the first time he presents his current artistic thinking and cooperates with a whole space. A new space, a new artist , and a new curator encountered, exchanging not established exhibition experiences but primitive artistic impulses. In unsteadiness always lurks some danger. The elements change, and some works of the exhibition may vanish due to certain natural or unexpected factors. So what is before the eyes of a visitor may not be the completed state of the works. As regards form, the artist abandoned the method of heaping up materials, worked in accordance with the internal mechanism of the artistic creation, and let the visual appearances of the works naturally emerge.

Liu Yazhou's works belong to an important branch of sculpture. It draws on the expressive methods of the Modernism, and integrates the changes of individual thinking in the contemporary art. Thus the concise, precise, restrained individual track of light-vision in this exhibition.

By Zhang Yingying

About the Artist

Liu Yazhou was born in Hebei in 1990. He graduated from the Sculpture Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute with a bachelor’s degree in art, 2014, and from the Sculpture Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in art, 2017. Now he lives and works in Beijing. His project includes Track/ Lotus (Café Yang, Beijing, China, 2017). He has participated in group exhibitions at a number of institutions, including the Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, DS Art Museum, Jinji Lake Art Museum, Today Art Museum, Luo Zhongli Art Museum, Chinese Sculpture Museum, and CAFA Art Museum.


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