ON | OFF : China's Young Artists in Concept and Practice

By UCCA Center for Contemporary Art

"Chinese artists born after 1975 have grown up, toggling between extremes, in a rising society and globalized culture. The title ON | OFF, which comes from the graphical interface of a common VPN software used to scale China’s Internet firewall, represents this binary condition at its simplest and most direct. Representing a striking diversity of practices and positions, this generation is the first to come of age in a post-Opening, post-Reform China, a group with instant access to information about artistic developments around the world and ample opportunities to travel abroad. Occupying all four exhibition spaces at the UCCA, ON | OFF is a large-scale group exhibition featuring the work of fifty young Chinese artists who together offer a collective portrait of this important generation. Co-curated by Bao Dong and Sun Dongdong. To be accompanied by two publications, a video documentary, and a series of public programs."

ON | OFF: Young Artists in China - Trailer, Xie Meng, From the collection of: UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
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ON | OFF: Young Artists in China - Trailer

Xin Yunpeng, No Problem, Xin Yunpeng, 2013, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Xin Yunpeng, No Problem, 2013, PVC inflatable model, silica gel, pneumatic equipment, 500 x 500 cm

Wu Junyong, 7 o’clock, Wu Junyong, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Wu Junyong, 7 o’clock, 2012, acrylic on wood, 270 x 260 x 120 cm

Tang Dixin, Reverse, Tang Dixin, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Tang Dixin, Reverse, 2012, Interactive performance installation, 2000 x 350 x 320cm 

Wen Ling, One Day in My Life, Wen Ling, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Wen Ling, One Day in My Life, 2012, ink on paper, 109 x 79 cm x 20 pieces

Guo Hongwei, Painting is Collecting—Bird No. 8, Painting is Collecting—Stone No. 11, Painting is Collecting—Plant No. 12, Guo Hongwei, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Installation View, Photo: Dora Tang

Huang Ran, Maybe We Just Care About the Feeling of Caring, Huang Ran, 2013, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Huang Ran, Maybe We Just Care About the Feeling of Caring, 2013, stainless steel, bubble machine, bubble soap, high-voltage generator, dimensions variable 

Liang Yuanwei, Pisces, Liang Yuanwei, 2011, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Liang Yuanwei, Pisces, 2011, oil on linen, 140 x 180cm

Li Shurui, Heiqiao Tower of Babel, Li Shurui, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Li Shurui, Hei qiao Tower of Babel, 2012, wood, acrylic, marker, paint 412 x 244 x 136 cm

Wang Guangle, 121101, Wang Guangle, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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 Wang Guangle, 121101, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 280cm 

Chen Zhou, Muhammad Ali, Superman,and the Secret of Banana, Chen Zhou, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Chen Zhou, Muhammad Ali, Superman, and the Secret of Banana, 2012, 4-channel video, oil paintings 

Chen Zhe, Bees, Chen Zhe, 2010 - 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Chen Zhe, Bees, 2010-2012, Photographs, letters, journals, dimensions variable

Fang Lu, Lovers Are Artists II, Fang Lu, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Fang Lu, Lovers Are Artists II, 2012, Single-channel video, 11'50"

Hu Xiaoyuan, Axing Ice to Cross the Sea, Hu Xiaoyuan, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Hu Xiaoyuan, Axing Ice to Cross the Sea, 2012, 3-channel video, 09'40"

Jin Shan, A Brief History of Hooliganism, Jin Shan, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Jin Shan, A Brief History of Hooliganism, 2012, 4-channel video, 10'28"

Lin Xinyi, Rise of the 20th Century, Liu Xinyi, 2011, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Liu Xinyi, Rise of the 20th Century, 2011, Single-channel video, 02'06"

Ma Qiusha, Oh, Be Sweet, Ma Qiusha, 2013, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Ma Qiusha, Oh, Be Sweet, 2013, Polyethylene resin, animal furs, cutting machine, stainless steel, Dimensions variable

Shan Yixin, By the Sea, Shang Yixin, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Shang Yixin, By the Sea, 2012, Iron, board, ETC lighting, plexiglass, Dimensions variable

Shi Wanwan, An Istanbul Painter, Shi Wanwan, 2010, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Shi Wanwan, An Istanbul Painter, 2010-2011, Text, sketches,18.2 x 25.7 cm x 55 pieces, 25.3 x 35.3 cm x 1 piece

Birdhead, Today, Birdhead (Ji Weiyu and Song Tao), 2013, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Birdhead, Today, 2/3/4/5/6/72013, gelatin silver print, mahogany, python skin, chamois leather/gelatin silver print, mahogany, python skin, calf skin, velvet/gelatin silver print, mahogany, horsehide, velvet/gelatin silver print, mahogany, calf skin/gelatin silver print, mahogany, leather mounted with alligator skin, velvet/gelatin silver print, mahogany, leather mounted with pearl gourami skin, silk100 x 78 x 6 cm/47.5 x 60.5 x 7 cm/78 x 65 x 12 cm/65.5 x 80.5 x 7 cm/80 x 60 x 8.5 cm/50 x 63 x 6 cm

Chen Wei, Mossy Room, Coins in Fountain Basin, Coins in Fountain Basin, Half of the Statue, Coins #1, Coins #2, Chen Wei, 2011, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Chen Wei, Mossy Room, Coins in Fountain Basin, Coins in Fountain Basin, Half of the Statue, Coins #1, Coins #2

Chen Yufan and Chen Yujun, Mulan River | Home, Chen Yufan and Chen Yujun, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Chen Yufan and Chen Yujun, Mulan River | Home, 2012, wooden board, books, corrugated paper, polyester foam, plexiglass, cotton rope, 1000 x 890 x 52 cm

Ge Lei, Photography in China (1850s-1890s), Ge Lei, 2013.1.13 - 2013.4.14, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Ge Lei, Photography in China (1850s-1890s), 2012, Albumen-print carte de visite, elm showcase, acrylic, mirror carrier, 96 x 136 x 48 cm x 3 pieces

Urban-Rural Fringe Group, Urban-Rural Fringe Group Prologue, Gong Jian, Li Jinghu (Urban-Rural Fringe Group), 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Urban-Rural Fringe Group(Gong Jian, Li Jinghu), Urban-Rural Fringe Group Prologue, 2012, Fabric strips, resin, iron nail, acrylic on wood, Dimensions variable

He Xiangyu, Tank Project, He Xiangyu, 2011, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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He Xiangyu, Tank Project, 2011-2013, Leather, 890 x 450 x 150 cm

Hu Xiangqian’s Solo Exhibition for the Xiangqian Museum of Art, Hu Xiangqian, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Hu Xiangqian, Hu Xiangqian’s Solo Exhibition for the Xiangqian Museum of Art, 2012, HD video, 15'00

Jiang Pengyi, Everything Illuminates No. 9 & Everything Illuminates No. 10, Jiang Pengyi, 2012, From the collection of: UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
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Jiang Pengyi, Everything Illuminates No.9/Everything Illuminates No. 10, 2012, Archival inkjet print, 251 x 180 cm

Lee Fuchun, B2B2C, Lee Fuchun, 2010, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Lee Fuchun, B2B2C, 2010-2012, Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Li Liao, Consumption, Li Liao, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Li Liao,Consumption,2012,Performance, ready-made materials,Dimensions variable

Li Ming, Nothing Happened Today – No. 2, Li Ming, 2009, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Li Ming, Nothing Happened Today – No. 2, Nothing Happened Today – No. 3, Nature- 3, Snowball, Impediment Tide – Video 6

Li Ran, Born Again, Li Ran, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Li Ran, Born Again, 2012, Single- channel, 05'27"

Liu Chuang, Untitled (Midnight Flight), Liu Chuang, 2013, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Liu Chuang, Untitled (Midnight Flight), 2013, Aluminum, 750 x 285 x 280 cm

Lu Yang, UterusMan Posters, Lu Yang, 2013, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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 Lu Yang, UterusMan OP/UterusMan Posters, 2013, animation, music by SQUARELOUD (IDMONN x TUNELEE)/digital print, dimensions variable, Original design and layout by the artist 

Qiu Xiaofei, Recurring, Qiu Xiaofei, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Qiu Xiaofei, Recurring, 2012, Oil on wooden board, mixed media, oil on canvas 

Song Yuanyuan, Las Vegas, Public Area, Song Yuanyuan, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Song Yuanyuan, Las Vegas/Public Area, 2012, Oil on canvas, 340 x 250 cm/250 x 180 cm

Wang Sishun, Uncertain Capital, Wang Sishun, 2009, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Wang Sishun, Uncertain Capital, 2009, Coins

Wang Yuyang, The Narrative of a Stack of Paper, Wang Yuyang, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Wang Yuyang, The Narrative of a Stack of Paper, 2012, Installation, 15,136,728 images from a 10,511'37" documentary. mulberry paper, metal plate, steel pipe, magnet, 484 x 1078 x 5 cm

Xu Qu, It’s Not a Matter of Time, Xu Qu, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Xu Qu, It’s Not a Matter of Time, 2012 - 2013, Black marble pedestal, coffee cup, plaster sculpture, stainless steel installation, bucket of purified water, fire axe, knife, 2 staff workers, Dimensions variable 

Yan Xing, Arty, Super-Arty, Yan Xing, 2013, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Yan Xing, Arty, Super-Arty, 2013, Single-channel HD videos, 09'16"

Yang Jian, Sooner or Later, Lightning Will Strike Us All, Yang Jian, 2011, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Yang Jian, Sooner or Later, Lightning Will Strike Us All, 2011-2012, Video installation, Single-channel, HD video8’46″

Yang Xinguang, Hello, Yang Xinguang, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Yang Xinguang, Hello, 2012, Branches, styrofoam, 180 x 30 x 30 cm, 175 x 30 x 30 cm

Zhang Ding, Control Club, Zhang Ding, 2013, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Zhang Ding, Control Club, 2013, High density board, metal support, speaker, bronze bell, power amplifier, sound console, frequency divider, telephone, wires, 500 cm x 500 cm x 490 cm, 50 cm x 52 cm x 120 cm, 50 cm x 125.5 cm x 100 cm

Zhang Liaoyuan, Light Changed by Image, Zhang Liaoyuan, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Zhang Liaoyuan, Light Changed by Image, 2012, Installation, Dimensions variable

Zhao Yao, Expectations of Form, Zhao Yao, 2013, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Zhao Yao, Expectations of Form, 2013, Performance, installation, Dimensions variable

Zhao Zhao, Repetition, Zhao Zhao, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Zhao Zhao, Repetition, 2012, White marble, limestone,150 x 150 cm

Zhou Tao, Collector, Zhou Tao, 2012, Original Source: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/chinas-young-artists-concept-practice/
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Zhou Tao, Collector, 2012, Video installation, Single-channel, HD video 18’37″

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