"The Rhythm of Ultimate II" WU Ding Solo Exhibition
City: Shanghai
Duration: 2017-09-27 ~ 2017-10-29
Opening: 4–7pm, Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Venue: Don Gallery
Address: Unit 302, 2879 Longteng Avenue, Shanghai
Participating Artist(s): WU Ding

On Wednesday, 27 September 2017, Don Gallery will present “The Rhythm of Ultimate II” by WU Ding, to introduce his recent practice of photography, video, sound, diagrammatic and textual works.

“The Rhythm of Ultimate” is underpinned by WU’s continuing interest in logging and monitoring a history of the standardization of perception developed for “optimal viewing” in today’s visual culture. The notion of “ultimate” first projects a space curated by a collaborative action that delves into one’s obedience to the order existing in the process of modularization during the dataist era, while “rhythm” is designed to give a particular form to the state of purity that renders alluring danger and compulsion to its social architecture. Before, the preface of “The Rhythm of Ultimate” was revealed by L-Art Gallery in Chengdu (2016) and its first chapter was on show at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (2016).

In “The Rhythm of Ultimate II,” WU constitutes a narrative perspective to offer an inventive examination of the architectural significance of “ultimate” through a series of specific descriptions about stark buildings and interior rooms over those messy, labored and occupied one. But the fact is: such photogenic empty is delivered by a janitorial subject—a custodian cleaner or caretaker, who might act as a protagonist in the immersive environment of the exhibition, embracing the sterilized container of the gallery space to evoke an empathetic response to the modernized white-cube aesthetics. The fictional character plays a crucial role in the production and endurance of the exhibition, yet not equal to the artist himself. As a metaphorical persona, it rather speaks to the relationship between an artist and the entire body of art by saying that the instrument of “ultimate” power is maintained and operated by the affiliated institutions and the relevant personnel. In this vein, what is the difference between a maintainer and an operator that attends to its “rhythm”?

WU Ding (b.1982, Shanghai) graduated from the Department of Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts at Shanghai Normal University (2006) and School of Intermedia Art at The China Academy of Art (2017) where he studied contemporary video production. Concerned with the order within time and space, he aspires to explore the perceptible but indescribable inner order hidden in the world. WU’s works have been widely exhibited in different art institutions, including chi K11 art museum (Shanghai, 2016), Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, 2015), Power Station of Art (Shanghai, 2013), Ullens Center For Contemporary Art (Beijing, 2013), CAFA Art Museum (Beijing, 2011), etc. His recent solo exhibitions include “The Rhythm of Ultimate I” (Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016) and “The Reality of the Dimension III” (M50 Art Space, Shanghai, 2015). He was the artist-in-residence at the Center for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester in 2015.


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