White Space

Xu Shun

23 Mar - 11 May 2008


Opening: March 22nd, 2008, 3 pm
Exhibition: March 23rd – May 11th, 2008

The Absent Gaze: on Xu Shun’s Recent Artwork
Fu Xiaodong

The images Xu Shun has chosen are mainly the fictional entities rather than the imaginary nonentities. In his paintings, we can find some odd hole in city street or space vehicle on farmland. Those nonlinear scenes without context lay bare the fraudulent nature of reality in an instant. Unlike “unicorn” or “gold mountain”, such absurdity is by no means made up by imagination. He suddenly drags some familiar but irrelative everyday scenes together so as to produce awkward situations. Indeed, he attempts to seek for such absurd and alien territories which have ever existed though contrary to our daily and habitual common sense. To what we can merely meet in language, he has provided a kind of explanation according with specific ideological background, which is more like a sort of critical thinking and exposure.

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