Paradi$e Bitch

10 September 2015 – 31 January 2016

WHERE GREED AND EGOTISM, CORRUPTION AND SPIRITUAL EMPTINESS RULE

Chinese Buddhists dreamed of a Pure Land. Taiping rebels fought for a “Heavenly Kingdom”. Communist revolutionaries proclaimed an ideal society. But visions of heaven on earth have a way of being scuppered by reality. China’s people have seen one promised paradise after another turned upside down or smashed into pieces.

Today, prosperity is within the reach of millions of Chinese whose ancestors had no hope of earthly comfort. Yet the dreamed-of golden age is as remote as ever. Material plenty and a measure of freedom have come at the price of greed, corruption and spiritual emptiness. For artists – arch-dreamers – the dissonance is an alarm bell.

In their eyes, the gods of East and West are colliding in a monumental mashup. The silent poor are oppressed by their own dreams. Venues that once offered escape are
eerily empty, strewn with shattered glass. Glimpses of transcendence are bright hallucinations. Golden-chained gyrating dwarves lip-sync the ugly truth: heaven on earth is
a PARADI$E BITCH.

PARADI$E BITCH is drawn completely from Judith Neilson’s renowned White Rabbit Collection.
CURATOR: David Williams

Please click on the artists’ names below to discover more information about each artist and their work.

GROUND FLOOR

XU ZHEN
(produced by MadeIn Company)

Eternity, 2013–2014
glass-fibre-reinforced concrete, artificial stone, steel, mineral pigments, dimensions variable

FIRST FLOOR

CHANG li-Ren (TAIWAN)
Classic Skin Flicks No. 9, Madame Butterfly, 2012
framed digital animation, 39 x 35 cm, 40 s
Classic Skin Flicks No. 12, Mingguo Movie, 2012
framed digital animation, 89 x 59 cm, 41 s

CHEN WEI
Drunken Dance Hall, 2015
wood, steel, luminescent paint, broken glass, lights, acrylic, mirrors, dimensions variable

CHU SHU-HSIEN (taiwan)
Bruce Lee—NG Face 3, 2013
Bruce Lee—NG Face 4, 2013
lenticular photographs, 90 x 120 cm
Bruce Lee, 2013
animated 3D video, 3 min 33 sec

TIANZHUO  CHEN 
Paradi$e Bitch, 2014
2-channel HD video, 4 m 50 s

WANG PO-YU (taiwan)
Unreal Ink, 2014
multimedia installation, dimensions variable

SECOND FLOOR

BU HUA
Cat, 2002, Youth Does Harm to Your Health, 2007, Last Phases of the Future, 2007, Savage Growth, 2008, Anxiety, 2009, LV Forest, 2010
Flash digital animations, various durations

GUO TIANYI
What to See, 2012
animation, 6 minutes 32 seconds
What to See series (Forest, Fog, Rain, Ice), 2012 pencil on paper, 100 x 80 cm

HONG HAO
My Things—Tian A, 2008
digital print of scanned images,
120 x 198 cm
My Things—Bookkeeping of 2006 A, 2006 digital print of scanned images,
120 x 204 cm

HUANG Bo-HAO (taiwan)
Alchemy, 2014
cinnabar on torinoko paper, 153 x 213 cm
Ultramarine, 2014
azurite, lapis lazuli on torinoko paper,
153 x 213 cm

LI HUI
Cage, 2006–2014
green iodide lasers, fog machines, dimensions variable

LIN CHUAN-CHU (Taiwan)
Lunchbox, 2002
ink on rice paper, 207 x 190 cm

Mia Liu (Taiwan)
Guggen’ Dizzy, 2009–2011
blank tickets to Guggenheim Museum New York, masking tape, motors, plywood, 3 pcs, 175 cm diameter x 30 cm

SHAO YINONG and MUCHEN
Fairy Tales in Red Times series (Red, Blue, Pink, Yellow, Cyan, Black), 2004 hand-dyed colour photographs,
160 x 120 cm

ZHANG DALI
Square, 2014
resin, 10 pieces, various dimensions
Square, 2014
oil paint on cyanotype, 145 x 225 cm

THIRD FLOOR

SHI Yong
A Bunch of Happy Fantasies, 2009
neon lights, acrylic stands, dim variable

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