It’s life as we know it, but not how you think

A group exhibition titled “Please Fasten Your Seatbelt as We Are Experiencing Some Turbulence” examines how a wide array of aesthetic positions can reflect, refract and bear witness to an uncertain state of global affairs.

Co-presented with the David Kordansky Gallery from Los Angeles, the exhibition at the Leo Xu Projects gallery runs through the end of April.

At a time when political, ecological and spiritual values are being questioned by people from across the ideological spectrum, and disagreements and dispersion are the order of the day, the world is still more interconnected than ever before.

A new video by Liu Shiyuan commissioned by international “frieze magazine for its April 2017 issue, for instance, provides an all-too-familiar look at an exchange of instant messages between two Twitter accounts, with the interlocutors ruminating on their ennui and their skewed, skeptical engagement with both the contemporary art community and political corruptions.

Heman Chong’s text-based wall work, meanwhile, explores strategies involved in political scandal and sabotage.

Gabriel Lester and Jonas Lund’s “Iris: The Tragedy 2016,” an installation of camera lenses algorithmically synchronized to Donald Trump’s infamous Twitter account, operates to capture and caption visions timed to the activities and updates of Trump’s tweets.

By working openly with popular imagery, artists like Kathryn Andrews and Ming Wong engender critical reflection on otherwise fleeting forms. No matter how unpredictable the present instant might be, art is made for viewers who will see it in the future.

Its very existence is thus precipitated on, and inspired by, the belief that life on this planet, both as we know it and as we don’t, will continue to thrive.


Date: Through April 30

Venue: Leo Xu Projects

Address: Bldg 3, 49 Fuxing Rd W.