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March 7–10, 2019 Piers 92 & 94

Wang Xin

The Gallery

2014-
Location: Pier 94 Back to Platform Exhibitors

Curator's Statement

Wang updates her social sculpture The Gallery for its U.S. debut. Sited at the front of Pier 94, Wang’s fluorescent-lit “booth” hosts hourly exhibitions by local and international artists who responded to her online open call. Part Warholian factory for fifteen-minute fame, part 21st-century hack of art-world exclusivity, the result is what Wang calls her “software crack” to recode an old system with a “plug-in” of new artistic energy and critique.

About the Artist

Wang Xin (b. 1983 in Yichang, Hubei, China) graduated from China Academy of Art with a B.F.A. in 2007 and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (M.F.A.) in 2011.

Wang Xin's artworks take the form of installations, moving images and new media. Unconsciousness, art world systems, and posthumanism are key features in her creation. She frequently uses language and signs to challenge the status of the artist and the functioning of the art market today. The impact of her bold slogans provides a satirical reading to her own position and relation to the art world, as well as a critique of the larger ecosystem of art. She is also a certificated hypnotist and often explores the creative ways to use hypnosis in art. Since 2014, Wang Xin has cooperated with Imago Kinetics and founded the 8HZ Hypnosis Lab in Imago Kinetics' Art Center in Hangzhou. Wang Xin is also the founder of "The Gallery" project, which is an alternative art space/system.

Wang Xin's solo exhibitions include The Must-See Art Show Where You Can Find 10,000 Artists, de Sarthe, Hong Kong (2017); Every Artist Should have a Solo Show, de Sarthe, Beijing, China (2016); 8 HZ Hypnosis Lab, MoCA Pavilion Shanghai, China (2015); The Gallery, C-Space, Beijing, China (2014); Let's Play in the Name of Art, Antenna Space, Shanghai (2013). She has also has exhibited her artwork internationally in group exhibitions and projects including: com/.cn - Co-presented by KAF and MoMA PS1, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong & Shanghai, China (2017-18); Light Up Therapy Resort, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2017-18); Shanghai Galaxy II, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2017-18); Being Information, SSSTART, Shanghai, China (2017); Take Me Out, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016); Now You See: New Chinese Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs, Whitebox Art Center, New York, USA (2014); Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, Shenzhen, China (2012) and Musrara Mix Festival, Jerusalem, Israel (2011).

In 2007, Wang Xin was the recipient for the Pierre Huber Creation Prize Award of Excellence.

Wang Xin currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.