Chang:Jiao Xingtao Solo Exhibition
May 12 - Jun 11, 2012

Press Release

PRESENTED BY: Sun Yongzeng
ORGANIZER: White Box Museum Of Art
OPENING: Saturday , May 12, 2012, 3p.m.
DATES: May 12, 2012 –June 11, 2012
MUSEUM OPENING HOURS: 10:00 - 18:00, Tuesday - Sunday
VENUE: WHITE BOX MUSEUM OF ART, 798 Art Dist., NO.2 Jiu Xianqiao Road, Chaoyang Dist., Beijing, China
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Curator Article

Chang:Jiao Xingtao Solo Exhibition
Curator: He Gui Yan
The reason for Jiao Xing Tao's fame in the sculpture industry was probably relate to his deconstructive style of works back in the 1990s. After that period of time, his creations were mostly focus on the breakthrough of the traditional sculpture language, and promoting the expressions of the new figurative sculptures, at the same time breakthrough the boundary between sculpture works and installation works. He also tries to discover the expressions of concepts in the field of sculpture., and the exhibition today is an presentation of his experiments. 
The word"Common" has double meanings: one is " common", the other is "uncommon". While common means the focus of daily routines, everyday living, micro matters, and the persue of the studies on inner self, also it focus on the relationships between our real life and the sculpture itself, and uncommon is focus on the visual expression, in another words that it's the persue of de familiarization expressions. In here, the influence of the de familiarization origins from the rebellion of the artist's daily visual experiences, and the "recode" of those works, which creates a strong visual contrast when you look at it.
"Hidden" is exactly the reaction for the word "code". However, in today's exhibition, "hidden" was only a method, a method also can be seen as a concept. For example, the artist intentionally "hide" things, and bind his sculptures with common objects and places, try his best to bind in those works into daily experiences. The reason why we can see the characteristics of concepts is because the artist was eliminating the boundary of an art work and a common object. After Duchamp, the boundary between daily objects and art works became blurred, but Duchamp did not mix the art works into daily lives. This is probably what the word "hidden" hide behind, and the deep thoughts about the nature of art. 
The "environment" is also a descendant from "hidden", however, it's descendant can only be expressed on the effect of the works when it was showed. There are two concepts of the word "environment". One is a place to show things "live", the other is to create a theatrical presence. The "live" environment were created by daily objects and backgrounds. But the presence of the environment is not the pure expression, it's only  the surface of the work, because those art works were "hidden" inside. Therefore, artworks became a middle object and make the audience's common visual experiences became an art behavior. While the theatrical presence creates a new visual relationship, and the other effect is that it made the audience's visual experiences bind with the work, the environment and became apart of the of the work.   


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