Gallery Vacancy is honored to have the opportunity to present at the Detour section in ART021 in Shanghai. Late Night Parade (夜场) features 9 artists whose practices derivative from the exploit of light-and-shadow or related to nocturnal activities in their art making process. With pleasure and taking this occasion with the theme as a connotation of a parallel ecosystem, Gallery Vacancy and the exhibiting artists are aiming to share different viewpoints in understating artistic, intellectual, social, political, and economic exchanges and developments on a global scale from regions beyond the Euro-American fabricated geographic networks and canonized narratives.
Devin Farrand (b. 1986) explores the meaning of industry that is esteemed as the foundation of American culture established by manufacturing and the value of laboring using metal plates and marbles. Exposed to a diverse range of mechanics, Farrand’s art pays tribute to this lineage while also building his own distinctive vernacular. Inspired by the intersection of aesthetics and production, shop equipment and industrial materials are transformed into streamlined minimal objects. Devin Farrand has exhibited at Gallery Vacancy, Shanghai; New Release Gallery, New York; Ibid Gallery, Los Angeles; Gallery Kornfeld, Berlin; PIASA, Paris.
Louise Giovanelli (b. 1993) makes intense, luminous, paintings that refer both to art history and contemporary mechanics of viewing and consuming imagery. Cropped and isolated images gleaned from historical painting are repeated and restated throughout several works, dislocated from their origin and repositioned within a rhizomatic sequence of artworks. Giovanelli employs a layering technique to build works that simultaneously composite multiple modes of representation and painterly lexicons of flatness, translucence, abstraction and realism. Exhibitions include: Manchester Art Gallery, UK; Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, UK; Pablos Birthday, New York; Workplace Foundation, Gateshead. Giovaneli will present her solo exhibitions at Grimm Gallery, New York and Frutta Gallery, Rome in 2019.
Ni Hao, born in Hsinchu, Taiwan in 1989, received BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Ni Hao investigates power structure, consumerism and violence aesthetics in his practice by utilizing various medium such as sculpture, installtion and video. Ni Hao’s practice constantly provokes political metaphor or his personal memories behind seemingly familiar objects. Ni Hao presented his work in Gwangju Biennale Pavilion Project in Korea in 2018. In 2019 Ni Hao is going to hold his first solo museum exhibition Ambush in Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei; and followed by t239, Rome and Gallery Vacancy, Shanghai the same year.
Shen Han, born in Hangzhou in 1988 now based Berlin, attempts to find the relationship between the given space in painting and the painted subject matters through compositions, painterly elements and the left-out-spaces, building up a connection between the material and the perception constructed by body movements witnessed on the abstract pictorial plane. Shen Han has exhibited at Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris in 2019; J: GALLERY, Shanghai in 2017; Edmond Gallery, Berlin; Colonianoun Art Centre, Berlin in 2016; Villa Renata Space, Basel; Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok in 2015.
Shi Jiayun, born in 1992 in Chongqing now based in New York, regardless the uncertainty of her painting subject, sometime being an image, an object, or pure imagination - always manages to compose in a restraint and introverted way a relation of forms beyond her immediate experiences. The most intriguing part may be imminent impulsions embedded in her works, they manifest a feeling of liberation, while constituting a constant process of emotions adjustment, control and judgment. Shi JIayun has been included in exhibitions in New York, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.
Peng Ke was born in Changsha, Hunan, in 1992. She works with images and writes, while living between Los Angeles and Shanghai. Graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Photography, she received Magnum Foundation and ChinaFile’s Abigail Cohen fellowship in 2017. She published her photography book Salt Ponds and was given the New Talent Award in 2018. Her recent solo/two-person exhibitions include: The Secured (Salt Projects, Beijing, 2018), Underneath the Tree Where I Buried All My Childhood Pets (Gallery 50, Toronto, 2017), and Leaky Logic and a Fugitive Fish (Red Eye Gallery, Providence, 2015). Her work has been exhibited in The 3rd Beijing
Photography Biennial, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Aperture Foundation, Filter Photo, Gallery Kayafas, etc. She received fellowships and was an artist-in-residence at Center of Photography at Woodstock, ACRE and The Lighthouse Works.
Rutene Merk born in 1991 in Lithuania, received her arts education at Akademie der bildenden Künste, Munich; Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh; and the Vilnius Art Academy, Vilnius. Merk has spoken before of being inspired by tronies, a Dutch genre devoted to the exaggerated facial expressions of stock characters. Her own subjects’ visages remain impassive, as if they appear to be stepped out of a video game circa 2000—which is to say weirdly uncanny and disarticulated at the same time. Exhibitions include: Marburger Kunstverein, Marburg (upcoming); Kunstverein München, Munich; Rupert, Vilnius; Vent Gallery, Vienna; Editorial, Vilnius; CAC Vilnius; 427 Gallery, Riga; Vartai Gallery, Vilnius; Art Hall Tallinn, Talinn; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö.
Sydney Shen (b. 1989, New Jersey) lives and works in New York and studied at The Cooper Union. She creates sculptures and installations that evoke a sense of abject dread. Informed by a range of historical and contemporary sources— including Peking opera, supernatural horror fiction, and the darkest recesses of the web—Shen frankensteins organic and synthetic materials such as Chinese and Western medicinal aromatics, 3-D-printed plastic, and biological specimens to produce uncanny environments. Solo exhibitions include: New Museum, New York; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn; Motel, Brooklyn; Holy Motors, Hong Kong; Springsteen, Baltimore. Select recent group exhibitions include Ameri can Medium, NYC; Aike-Dellarco, Shanghai; Minibar, Stockholm; Weekends, London; Hester, New York; Springsteen, Baltimore; Fused Space, San Francisco; Derek Eller Gallery, New York; Et Al, San Francisco.
Kiki Wang(b. 1993)’s paintings explore a twisted view of modern consumerism through the lens of luxury fashion and other objects of desire. Taken down from the spotlights and high pedestals, peeled off from massive billboards and commercial campaigns, the trending garments portrayed are trapped, marginalized, displaced, and obscured in the paradox of scale, location and value, examining the possibility to transform the non-valuable into the valuable, and to discern fictions from realities. Recent group exhibitions include: CLC Gallery Venture, Beijing; Zona Mista, London; Sackler Gallery, London; Slime Engine Gallery, Shanghai; New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles.