UNTITLEDdialogue 14 未命题对话: 王庆松 Wang Qingsong

When 6 Feb 2014
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Where Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, New York University
34 Stuyvesant Street
New York City, NY 10003
United States
Cost suggested donation $5

Fou Gallery is pleased to announce that on February 6th, 2014 (Thursday 18:30-20:00), the 14th UNTITLEDdialogue will invite artist Wang Qingsong to talk about his career as a prominent Chinese contemporary artist who has contributed to the making of a new photographic art utilizing the speed and chaos of China along with the core of the culture. It will be followed by a dialogue between Wang Qingsong and Gerald Pryor, professor and head of Photography, New York University Department of Art and Art Professions. The project gains support from NYU Department of Art and Art Professions / Steinhard, and NYU Department of Photography and Imaging / Tisch.

Wang Qingsong’s staged photographs are vehicles for incisive, witty commentary on economic expansion, social tension, and rising Western influence in contemporary China. Wang’s subject matter is his own, stemming from observations of, and concern for, the future of Chinese society. Images such as Competition (2004), a photograph of a stage set exhaustively plastered in corporate posters, and Follow me (2003), which depicts Wang sitting in front of a huge chalkboard covered with words that refer to the recent economic boom, are references to history and popular culture of China in particular. The name Follow Me is taken from the first and most popular English language-teaching program introduced by CCTV (China State Television) in 1982, during the early years of economic reconstruction in China. In the 1980s, “Follow Me” helped many Chinese people learn about the west and the world in spite of the closed -door policy and make real their dreams of going overseas to further their studies. Wang constructed a huge four-meter wide and eight-meter long blackboard in Beijing Film Studio in 2003, and scribbled many Chinese and English slogans and terminology referencing changes in Chinese history and culture, words mainly taken from China-based English-training textbooks and manuals. In later years, Wang Qingsong continued the “Follow” series. In 2010, he created Follow Him. Constructed from tons of used books, magazines, dictionaries, college preparatory materials and among others, the project is a reflection on the education problem in China. The 2013 project Follow You looks into the issue again from another perspective.

Guest Speakers:

Wang Qingsong 王庆松 (b. 1966, Daqing, China) Graduated from Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, China, Wang Qingsong lives and works in Beijing since 1993. Wang works in documentary, staged and scroll photography, computer generated images and sculpture. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous shows. In 2001, ICP was the first museum to acquire the work of Wang Qingsong for its permanent collection. Since that time his works are now in the collections of such institutions such as the Getty Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Mori Art Museum, the National Art Museum of Brazil, the Hammer Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, etc.

Gerald Pryor, New York University Associate Professor of Art and Art Education, as well as Artist in Residence, Head of the Photography Area, liaison to the International Center of Photography, and consultant to the China arts program at NYU in Shanghai. Pryor is the winner of two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, the NYSFA Grant, and an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant. Recent one-person exhibitions and performances at Red Star Gallery, Beijing, China; Luxan Art Museum, Shenyang, China; Newark Open Doors, Newark, New Jersey and Art and Music Space, Brooklyn, N.Y.

UNTITLEDdialogue 未命題对话:

UNTITLEDdialogue project is a series of cultural events with Asian related artists, curators, writers, dancers, muscians and independent film makers in New York. Initiated by Echo He and Jessie Yang in May 2012, we have launched 13 events. We advocate programs that favor social and cultural dialogue and aim to act as a catalyst for further collaboration.

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