|When||1 Nov 2014 - 8 Mar 2015|
New York City Building
Queens, NY 11368
Opening reception: Saturday, November 1, 4-8pm
Polit-Sheer-Form Office (PSFO) is a China-based art collective founded in 2005 by artists Hong Hao (b. 1965, Beijing), Xiao Yu (b. 1965, Inner Mongolia), Song Dong (b. 1966, Beijing), Liu Jianhua (b. 1962, Ji’an), and Leng Lin (b. 1965, Beijing). These artists come from a generation marked by China’s shift from Communism as both an economic and political order to a nation with capitalist ideals and a Communist government operating simultaneously. Individually, each of PSFO’s members have enjoyed significant international solo careers. They formed this group with the stated intention of “seeking collective form,” exploring the idea of ‘we’ in a ‘me’ world to present a new, tongue-in-cheek Socialist order for the 21st century.
The forthcoming exhibition, Polit Sheer Form!, at the Queens Museum will feature signature artworks such as the PSFO insignia Badge (2005); propaganda oil paintings Polit-Sheer-Form (2007); Mr. Zheng (2007), a huge composite photographic portrait of all five PSFO members; the group’s own fake library with 10,000 carefully numbered books painted in blue but without content, Library (2008); and their most recent work, Fitness for All (2013), five exercise machines evoking the recent campaigns throughout the People’s Republic of China aimed at motivating society to pay more attention to its health.
A survey of the first decade of PSFO’s multidisciplinary projects, the Queens Museum exhibition will also include new works. As part of the exhibition, a performance titled Do the same good deed will beheld in New York City’s Times Square, after its presentation in Guangzhou, China and the Guangdong Times Museum. Both performances will be represented in the exhibition through video documentation, and both performances involve the participation of large numbers of volunteers in repetitious cleaning efforts in public space. The goal of this particular project is to test in different social contexts—China and the U.S.—whether collectivism is a real social need or just a management tool. In American culture, individualism is a core value yet a new understanding of the need for the collective has emerged. Conversely, while collectivism has been a core Chinese value, there has been increasing interest in individual pursuits. Does “doing a good deed” arise naturally from human nature or is it an expression of ideology? What is the real content and meaning of collectivism (or collective organization)?
This event will take place on November 1st 2014 in Times Square, NYC. Check back here to see how you can participate.
The exhibition is jointly organized by the Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou (China) and the Queens Museum and is curated by Ruijun Shen, curator, Guangdong Times Museum. The public performance in New York City is being organized with Times Square Arts.
Guangdong Times Museum is funded by Times Property in 2003. During the D-Lab project of 2nd Guangzhou Triennial in 2005, Rem Koolhaas and Alain Fouraux were invited to design a conceptualized permanent building for the Museum, which was completed in September 2010. Guangdong Times Museum is dedicated to the research and presentation of contemporary art and related cultural ideas as well as the promotion of local, public and interdisciplinary artistic practices and cultural production. Through a series of exhibitions, projects and public cultural events, Guangdong Times Museum proactively explores the diverse and multi-dimensional relations between artistic practices, cultural production, the public, and urban public sphere.
The exhibition is supported by the Guangdong Times Museum, Guanghzhou; the Asian Cultural Council; Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance; and MABSOCIETY.
Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions to experiment and engage with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. Through the Square’s electronic billboards, public plazas, vacant areas and popular venues, and the Alliance’s own online landscape, Times Square Arts invites leading contemporary creators to help the public see Times Square in new ways. Times Square has always been a place of risk, innovation and creativity, and the Arts Program ensures these qualities remain central to the district’s unique identity. Generous support of Times Square Arts is provided by ArtPlace America and ArtWorks. Visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org/Arts. Follow us on Twitter @TSqArts and Instagram@TSqArts.
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