A+ Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of “Gao Lei”, the artist’s eponymously named solo exhibition, on April 8, 2017 at Asia Art Center Taipei II. Spanning installation, photography, painting and other mediums, Gao Lei’s works deconstruct, displace, and amalgamate everyday objects to subvert their respective social roles, meandering through order and chaos, discreteness and ambiguity, through a field of alienation. The exhibition is on view through May 14, 2017.
Gao Lei’s works often utilize a lowly saturated and minimal symmetric composition. An underlying tension lies just below the calm surface of the image, teetering between order and chaos, stoicism and comedy, inciting paradoxical feelings of humor and severity. Selecting only the most everyday items as his mediums, Gao Lei employs their “standardized” nature as the primary element in his work and relates them to streamlined social systems. The ambiguous interconnection and disparity between such objects suggest a conflicted relationship between individual and authority and seek to disrupt the continuity of order. Two of the exhibited photographic works originate from Félix González-Torres’s stacks of blue paper from his solo exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai. Gao Lei appropriates one of the sheets as the subject of his series of photographs, setting it as a backdrop for his ongoing collection of architectural, industrial, medical, and technological equipment. Details from these objects are then extracted and presented in a magnified composition. The juxtaposition of González-Torres’s work—expressions of intimacy, ambiguity, and tenderness that brims with emotion and narrative—with the frigid machinery collectively used by communes from Post-Liberation China in the 1950s up until the 1980s—utilitarian apparatuses characterized by their commitment to order—forms an aesthetic of uncertainty and incongruity. Gao Lei’s artistic vocabulary is terse as a riddle, employing ordinary objects as vehicles for inner emotions and driving forces through exact yet subtle composites. The forces as the connection between the artist’s soul and the external world are restrained and counterbalanced by the artist, which are presented precisely as the rigor and technicality of the artworks.
About the Artist
Gao Lei was born in 1980 in Changsha. Graduated in 2006 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a BA in Digital Media, Gao Lei currently lives and works in Shanghai. His selected solo exhibitions include：Gao Lei (organized by A+ Contemporary, Asia Art Center Taipei ll, Taipei, 2017) , WILDERNESS (White Space, Beijing, 2016), Gao Lei’s Solo Exhibition (Arario Gallery, Shanghai, 2014), Gao Lei．WINDOWSKY (Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 2014), PROJECTIONS (Arario Gallery, Seoul, 2012), Objec[ts]pace – Photography Works by Gao Lei (Aye Gallery, Beijing, 2008). His selected group exhibitions include: A Catalyst for Contemporary Culture in China (UCCA, Beijing, 2017) ,ACROSS THE DIVIDE (Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, London, 2016), TURNING POINT：Contemporary Art in China since 2000 (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016), NEW VOICES – A DSL COLLECTION STORY (Klein Sun Gallery, New York, 2016), WE – A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists (chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016), AFTER UTOPIA：Revisiting The Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art (Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 2015), The 2nd CAFAM·Future Exhibition Observer-Creator: The Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2015), Criss-Cross: Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection（Long Museum, Shanghai，2014）, Asia Code Zero(SOMA Museum, Seoul ,2013),DAS ICH IM ANDEREN (Stiftung Mercator, Essen, Germany, 2011), START FROM THE HORIZON (Sishang Art Museum, Beijing, 2011), BEIJING TIME. LA HORA DE CHINA－A panoramic vision of contemporary art in China (Casa Asia/SEEI/ Matadero Madrid, Madrid, 2010), Chinetik (Littmann Culture Projects and Tinguely Museum, Basel ; Littmann Culture Projects and IVAM (the Valencian Institute of Modern Art), Valencia, Spain, 2009), Metropolis Now – Chinese Contemporary Art (National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Meridian International Center, Washington DC), China’s ReVision－Chinese Contemporary Art (Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany, 2008), Butterfly Dream－MoCA Envisage II (Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, 2008), Floating－Modern Chinese Art Exhibition in Commemoration between Korea and China (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2007), Yokohama International New Media Art Festival (Yokohama, 2006), In the Line of Flight: The Millennium Dialogue – 2nd Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition (China Millennium Monument, Beijing, 2005).