Guan Xiao, ‘The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture’, 2012, New Museum
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Guan Xiao

The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture, 2012

Mixed Media
110 1/4 × 90 1/2 × 82 5/8 in
280 × 229.9 × 209.9 cm
Location
New York
About the work
Exhibition history
New Museum
New York

110 1/4 x 90 1/2 x 82 5/8 in (280 x 230 x 210 cm) (each)

Medium
Installation
Image rights
Courtesy the artist; Kraupa-Tuskany- Zeidler, Berlin; and Antenna Space, Shanghai. Image provided by the New Museum
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.

Guan Xiao, ‘The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture’, 2012, New Museum
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About the work
Exhibition history
New Museum
New York

110 1/4 x 90 1/2 x 82 5/8 in (280 x 230 x 210 cm) (each)

Medium
Installation
Image rights
Courtesy the artist; Kraupa-Tuskany- Zeidler, Berlin; and Antenna Space, Shanghai. Image provided by the New Museum
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.

Guan Xiao

The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture, 2012

Mixed Media
110 1/4 × 90 1/2 × 82 5/8 in
280 × 229.9 × 209.9 cm
Location
New York
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