Chu Yun

1977, Jiangxi, China

Chu Yun was born in Jiangxi Province in 1977, he lives and works in Beijing.

Chu was part of the ground-breaking exhibition Post-Sense Sensibility in Beijing in 1999 together with artists including Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong and Liu Wei, who are also represented in Chinese Summer. That exhibition played a part in defining what could be called a generation of “post-Mao artists” who, instead of continuing the rebellion of the previous generation against the communist regime, focused on exploring individual experiences and the major upheavals taking place in contemporary Chinese society.

Chu’s work often has its point of departure in the personal sphere. For instance, he has exhibited a sleeping woman (This is XX, 2006) and soap found in public restrooms (Who Has Stolen Our BodiesNo. 2, 2003), which emerge as poetic works of art. The installation Constellation No. 2 is a dark room that at first glance appears to be a starry sky or a city at night. As the viewer’s eyes become accustomed to the dim light, it becomes apparent that the twinkling lights come from discarded electrical appliances the artist found at flea markets. The machines are all defective, and are emitting signals indicating error messages or reset mode. The title refers both to an assemblage of objects and a constellation of stars. The work becomes a poetic observation of our technology driven world, where the mechanical firmament provokes reflection on the boundary between culture and nature.


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