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Guan Xiao

Chinese, b. 1983

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Guan Xiao

Chinese, b. 1983

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Juxtaposing past and future and primitive and high-tech, Guan Xiao employs modern technology to address and unravel her cultural and physical environment and personal thought processes. Her work disregards linear time, instead considering diverse cultures and artifacts in a more holistic manner. Her comparisons of regionally and chronologically disparate objects expose similarities among civilizations, regions, and eras while avoiding solid conclusions. In this regard, her work stands as a puzzle that the viewer is meant to solve. Both her videos and sculptures address the ways viewers read and respond to visual cues; for example, Xiao’s David video, named for Michelangelo’s sculpture, is an absurdist commentary on the contemporary commercialization of a centuries-old sculpture, while her work Core Sample positions tripod-like sculptures as future artifacts and scientific samples.

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ICA London, and 1 more
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New Museum, and 1 more
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New Museum Triennial, and 1 more
Biography

Juxtaposing past and future and primitive and high-tech, Guan Xiao employs modern technology to address and unravel her cultural and physical environment and personal thought processes. Her work disregards linear time, instead considering diverse cultures and artifacts in a more holistic manner. Her comparisons of regionally and chronologically disparate objects expose similarities among civilizations, regions, and eras while avoiding solid conclusions. In this regard, her work stands as a puzzle that the viewer is meant to solve. Both her videos and sculptures address the ways viewers read and respond to visual cues; for example, Xiao’s David video, named for Michelangelo’s sculpture, is an absurdist commentary on the contemporary commercialization of a centuries-old sculpture, while her work Core Sample positions tripod-like sculptures as future artifacts and scientific samples.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
ICA London, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
New Museum Triennial, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Guan Xiao
A New Nationalism Is Brewing at the Venice Biennale—but It’s Not the Kind You Think
May 12th, 2017
A New Nationalism Is Brewing at the Venice Biennale—but It’s Not the Kind You Think
The Top Emerging Artists of 2015
Dec 16th, 2015
The Top Emerging Artists of 2015
30 Emerging Artists to Watch This Summer
Jul 14th, 2015
30 Emerging Artists to Watch This Summer
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