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白盒子展讯 | 世界观-关伟个展


Artist:Guan Wei


Curator:Sheng Wei

展期:2016.01.14 - 2017.03.01

Exhibition Dates:01. 14, 2017 - 03. 01, 2017


Organizer:Whitebox Art Center


Address:B07, 797 Road, 798 Art District, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing


       As the first exhibition of 2017, Whitebox Art Center presents its first exhibition “Cosmotheoria: Guan Wei Solo Exhibition” curated by Sheng Wei on January 14, and the exhibition will continue throughout the Chinese Spring Festival until March 1st, 2017.





       As one of the earliest artist who had immigrated to the Australia, Guan Wei spends his time living and working between these two places. These experiences became an important point of entry for his artistic practice, whose work demonstrates a strong sense of “in-between-ness”. A Chinese perspective, or even a global one to examine China, shapes Guan Wei’s essential viewpoint.
       The middle gallery and two side galleries of the Whitebox Art Center resemble to the ritual halls in traditional Chinese families. From heaven to earth, from inside to outside, from top to bottom, from the panoramic view to the details, Guan Wei’s “Cosmotheoria” unfolds its narrative in the museum space. Guan Wei has invented a system of “astrology”, which allows one to navigate between the divination systems of China and the West, and construct principles of order for the chaotic and immense world: likewise, Guan Wei also paints a panoramic map of the humanity, based primarily on geography, for which natural order is then reorganized, marking a new understanding and guidance for our actions.
       Below the stars and over the rivers, it’s the vanity world of all living beings of the human civilization. Through the understanding of modern nations, people have defined the contemporary and reshape our understanding of history. Subjects such as “economic cooperation”, “anti-terrorist”, “environmental protection”, “climate” in the new millennium on the one hand expand the cooperation of all nations worldwide, on the other hand, these issues continue to deepen the notion of national boundaries. With the modern “Cosmotheoria” and the sub-systems derived, people took control of the world, and making unprecedented changes to infinite world energy. Particularly, the innovation of humanity, genetic modifications, facial and hand interpretations, beauty and health issues are interesting topics that appealed to Guan Wei. In the contemporary, they are redefining the classification of social structures and everyday life.
       This is a popularization of social spectacle in the post-modern, what we considered “free” are within the expectations of a “Cosmotheoria” we have invented. Given this grand structure, Guan Wei presents a contemporary viewpoint to this chaotic time and space. A highly visualized world consists of astrology, maps, or meridian points, enlarged DNA helix or viruses on a petri dish, follows the new order constructed by the contemporaries. Such order is not a priori, but a human invention. For the artist who navigates the in-between, Guan Wei looks over from above, by integrating his own experience with objective observations, he reveals a Cosmotheoria that is not only his own, but also shared by everyone.
       关伟1986年毕业于首都师范大学美术系。1989年至1992年分别在澳大利亚塔斯马尼亚艺术学院,澳大利亚国立大学艺术学院,及悉尼当代艺术馆做客座艺术家。1993年移居澳大利亚,2008年重返北京,并在北京设立工作室。现在生活、工作于北京和悉尼。关伟曾多次赢得在澳大利亚和国际上的现代艺术比赛的大奖,同时许多作品被博物馆,美术馆,大学, 基金会和个人收藏。关伟曾在世界各地举办了超过60届个人展览,其中包括深圳OCAT,悉尼当代艺术馆,悉尼动力博物馆,等等。同时关伟还应邀参加了许多重要的国际当代艺术展:包括第八届上海双年展;古巴第十届哈瓦那双年展;澳大利亚阿德雷得双年展和第三届亚太地区三年展; 日本大阪三年展;韩国光州双年展,等