Looking Awry: The Unconscious in Contemporary Chinese Art

Gary Gang Xu (Other)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


This is a show that releases contemporary Chinese art from the usual historical, social, political, and cultural concepts; it aims to return to the individual, return to the basics. As the title “Looking Aray” entails, this exhibition hope to achieve the sudden emotional shiver among its audiences through the pure visual expressions of intense emotional impulse and precipitation of memories.

The “awry” used in “Looking Awry” is in reference to Slavoj Žižek, the most influential ideologist of contemporary cultural. Behind the artworks there hid the artists’ secret intention and anxiety, which they refuse to be completely comprehended by the public. This part that could not be comprehended is precisely the emotional mechanism of the phrase “awry”, and this is also the reason why contemporary Chinese art could continue to vibrantly flourish.

University of Illinois professor Gary Xu, who earned his Ph.D in Columbia University, curates this exhibition. This exhibition gathered artworks from 18 contemporary Chinese artists,they are Chen Wenling, Cui Xiuwen, Fang Lijun, Hong Lei, Huang Ying, Li Qing, Qin Ming, Tu Hongtao, Wang Guangyi, Xiang Jing, Xue Song, Yue Minjun, Yang Qian, Yang Xun, Zhou Chunya, Zeng Hao, Zhang Peili, Zhang Xiaogang.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationHong Kong
StatePublished - 2012


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