The Shock of Time

Comprising 150 small paintings and drawings on old newspapers and books, Sun's extensive series is an intimate look at time, narration, and history. Clocks and pendulums, drawn in the style of Dali and other Surrealists, appear on old magazines such as People's Liberation Army Pictorial or the Xinhua Daily, which were once the only publications that were freely available to the public. But how would today's audience view them now?

About Sun Xun 孙逊

Sun Xun’s intense skepticism of historical narrative and disillusionment with the post-1949 “New China” informs the political and fanciful nature of his installations, drawings, and animations. Sun’s sequence animations are created by drawing, erasing, and recording individual frames and stringing them together to create a gritty narrative about an unidentified and ambiguous era. He carries this preoccupation with erasure into his wall drawings and installations, a metaphorical exploration of the ephemerality of art and a questioning of its inherent value.

Chinese, b. 1980, Fuxin, Liaoning Provence, China, based in Hangzhou, China

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Tales of Our Time, Guggenheim Museum, New York
2014
Sun Xun: The Time Vivarium, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
2014
Sun Xun | Brave New World, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
2013
The Spectacle of the Spectacles, ShanghART, Singapore
2013
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art