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SONG Xi:Ultra Form

Gallery 55 is proud to present SONG Xi’s solo exhibition “Ultra Form” in Shanghai from the 23rd of July through the 14th of August, 2016.

 

 

“Ultra Form” comprises three installation works: ”Truth column”, “Knowledge ball” and “On the correct way of using the advanced verb”. The artist expresses that “Ultra Form” is a "radical" process of understanding realistic ideology. It is a state which avoids being modeled on consciousness, denies reality being correct, builds self aesthetic order, and change cognitive reality by inertia.

 

 

 

 

“Truth column consists of dozens of sets of different television showing video footage taken from online CCTV news broadcast.  SONG inserts his own image randomly into the “good” news video of 25 frames per second. When the video is playing in a normal way, the image of SONG randomly jumps into the eyes of the audiences. To the naked eye, it is very hard to capture a clear image.

 

 

 

 

SONG tore off used books page by page, then wrapped them layer by layer until they were eventually formed into the shape of balls.

 

 

 

SONG carried out randomly shape formation out of aluminum foil paper on board. Each shaping action was regarded as a "word" formation. When completed, forms created are considered to be correct and advanced.

 

Aluminum foil paper, fragile as material with a hard appearance, is easy to be turned into forms. Xi Song took the whole process of sculpturing as a process of text discusses, emphasizing on the use of verbs. Each dynamic change was regarded as a "word" formation. Between "words", there was a kind of illogical connection. The nature of the material enriched the flexibility of "word" forms. And each ’word’ formation was discussed, verified, and correct. In the process of shaping, the technical usage of the verbs departed from the category of linguistics. SONG’s own knowledge structure and daily experience was the only criterion for judgment.

 

 

Born in China in 1983, SONG Xi graduated with a B.A. from Dalian Light Industry Institute in 2006. In 2015, SONG won “Tomorrow Contemporary Sculpture Award” with his work “One cubic centimetre tear drop”.

 

SONG Xi pays special attention to the body as the medium of expression in his artistic creation. He believes that political attribute is buried in the intensity of ideology of socialised body. The sensuality of the body, the temperature derived from emotion and pain form fundamental support for his creation. Warmth, hidden in the works of minimalist style, creates certain unknown relationship among the physical, the emotional and the material. Often, "wrong" judgment happens due to unfamiliar cognition and dissociation of experience in the order of inertia, causing intentional damage to the emotion as well as the body. SONG hopes to establish new order based on the existing system when outputting art, in addition to exploring the relationship between art and society.

 

SONG Xi’s recent major exhibitions include: “Hong Kong is an art museum” (2016, Hong Kong, solo project); “Hypertext” (2016, Qimen Art, Beijing); “Silk Road International” (2016, Museum @ Nanjing Art Institute); “Wall Power” (2016, Today Art Museum, Beijing); “Continuous Movement” (2015, 203 Art Space, Shanghai, solo show); “Body of Light” (2015, 798 Metal Vault, Beijing, solo project); “The 16th Room” (2015, Compatibility Box, Shanghai, solo project); “Cooperation” (2015, The 16th OPEN International Performance Festival, Beijing); “The Power of art from the society” (2015, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum); “Tomorrow Sculpture Competition” (2015, Sichuan Academy of Art, China); “Fable” (2014, Dusseldorf, Germany, solo show); “The Awakening of Chinese Intuition” (2014, Yue Art Museum, Beijing); “4AA4” (2013, 4A Contemporary Art Centre, Sydney, Australia); “The 14th OPEN International Performance Festival” (2013, Beijing); “Individual Growth” (2013, Tianjin Art Museum, China); “ART • SANYA Art Season” (2012, Sanya Yalong Bay, China); etc.