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AND NOW

11 March 2020 – 17 January 2021

AND NOW. The second decade of the White Rabbit Collection

With a penchant for obscure metaphors and cryptic imagery, the “Misty Poets” were a little-known movement that flourished in China during the turbulent years between 1979 and 1989. Challenging Maoist artistic ideology, their poems, like the clouds themselves, were veiled and nebulous. Today, as creative restrictions continue to expand and contract in China, their legacy of ambiguity and oblique condemnation endures.

Gone are the bold declarations and audacious iconoclasm that once characterised contemporary Chinese art. The artists in AND NOW represent the vanguard of global contemporary art, their works no longer merely reflect the transformation of China but, instead, echo an entire world in flux. Eco-anxiety, governmental crackdowns, digital imprisonment disguised as liberation – it’s a brave new world that we share.

AND NOW features works from the second decade of Judith Neilson’s White Rabbit Collection. Here, nothing is as it seems. A lone figure washes the body of a dead whale, atoning for destruction wrought by man; rolls of flesh become an omen of relentless progress; diaphanous flags offer the invitation of passage only to deny it moments later; despair is written in salt; glass masquerades as stone; and, with a touch of futility, silkworms enshroud ancient wood as though to stay the hand of ecological collapse.

Profound and multifaceted, quiet and melancholy, the artists speak of transformation, redemption and loss. Their shared language is one of allegory; time resides here in poetry.

AND NOW 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

LIU JIANHUA
Stele, 2018,
glass, carbon fibre,
260 x 75 x 60 cm

YU HONG
One Hundred Years of Repose, 2011,
gold leaf, acrylic on canvas,
418 x 600 cm

ZHANG XIAOGANG
Bathtub, 2017,
oil on canvas,
260 x 600 cm

ZHAO GANG
Diabetic, 2011,
oil on canvas,
840 x 400 cm

FIRST FLOOR

ZHANG PEILI
The Endless Walkway, 2016,
lace flags, electric motors,
control system, steel,
LCD monitor dimensions variable

ZHU JINSHI
The Ship of Time, 2018,
xuan paper, bamboo, cotton thread,
dimensions variable

SECOND FLOOR

JU ANQI
A Missing Policeman, 2016,
video, 50 minutes 2 seconds

LI YONGZHENG
Death Has Been My Dream for a Long Time, 2015,
video 16 minutes 51 seconds Himalayan salt bricks, dim variable

LIANG SHAOJI
Heavy Clouds 2, 2014,
silk, wood cocoons, 85 x 180 x 45 cm
Heavy Clouds 3, 2014,
silk, wood cocoons, 90 x 445 x 85 cm
Heavy Clouds 4
, 2014,
silk, wood cocoons, 59 x 240 x 46 cm

PATTY CHANG
Invocation for a Wandering Lake, 2016,
two channel video, screens,
12 minutes 58 seconds

SHANG YANG
The Dong Qichang Project 38, 2011, oil, acrylic and bitumen on canvas, 212 x 759 cm

SHEN CHEN
Untitled No. 53003-14, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 167 x 366 cm

ZHAO ZHAO
Constellations, 2017,
silk embroidery, 300 x 980 cm One Second, 2018
oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm

THIRD FLOOR

LIU CHUANG
Bitcoin Mining and Field Recordings of Ethnic Minorities, 2018,
3 channel video,
40 minutes 5 seconds

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