Liu Chuang, Lithium Lake and Island of Polyphony, video still 2023 / Courtesy of the artist and Antenna Space
Liu Chuang: Lithium Lake and Island of Polyphony
Nov 4 – Dec 30, 2023
Antenna Space
Shanghai, China

Antenna Space is honored to announce the upcoming solo exhibition Lithium Lake and Island of Polyphony by artist Liu Chuang, which opens on November 4, 2023 and will run through December 30, 2023. This exhibition is the premiere of Liu’s latest video of the same name, Lithium Lake and Island of Polyphony (2023), in China; and from 2024 onwards, it will be exhibited in prestigious internation art museums and institutions.

Liu Chuang’s art practice is often guided by objects that cross the meridians of different disciplines. These range from anti-burglary windows in southern China, whose grilles form a traditional fangsheng pattern; to the “white gold” of the battery industry, lithium; to “Bud Blossom Restrainer no. 1,” a biochemical agent for curbing the cottony poplar down that floods the air in spring. Throughout his body of research, these objects form a plasma-like network of images spanning aesthetics, history, philosophy, religion, and other realms of knowledge to offer a profile of the materiality of our current technoculture.

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The philosopher Gilbert Simondon once described the Mona Lisa’s serene smile as “plural”: on the canvas, viewers can see only the beginning and the end of a smile, while its “entelechy” – its actuality or realization – is absent. In Segmented Landscape (2014), Liu uses the air from deep in our lungs and makes it flutter through the fabric, window grilles, and light, like a ghost revealing its own possible forms. Liu’s art practice seems constantly to take on our settled and familiar knowledge, stories, and material world, to actualize their potential noise and silence.

Antenna Space
Shanghai, China

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