Xiao, Guan b.1983 / The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture
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"The world has become an “image recognition system” over time. This system consists of the interrelationship of images, the tools of image production and communication, together with their spectators. What human beings know about the world, or even interact with it has become an encounter and an identification of images from various sources. Just as in the structure of the “core sample”, material samples and spiritual samples from different dimensions, cultures and events when extracted, are met in the same dimension. As the new form of existence for the core sample, they have opened a different pathway of being understood. The core sample presents a new kind of relationship between materials that are already interconnected. Image recording devices are given as much subjectivity in my practice as the images and the spectators themselves, in order to create an element of inducement in the form of installation, building a flowing relationship between these interrelated “samples” and their spectators". Guan Xiao

The artistic motive of Guan Xiao revolves around ways of seeing affected by the digital regime of image circulation. Through which, she endeavors to expand the cognitive and aesthetic horizon of identity politics via her installation and video works. In Guan’s first solo exhibition in the Antenna Space, Basic Logic showcases works made in recent two years, including six brand new sculptures and installations, as well as a premiere of her two latest video works in mainland China.

Upon entering the gallery space, the spectators will find themselves in an allure distinctively spiral, and rhythmic, put in place by Hidden Track and Action. The videos utilize the downloaded clips from various sources, choreographing the images of music players, sculptural portraits, animals and outdoor sceneries according to their shared implicit cadence.

"A new set of installations, entitled Documentary: From National Geographic to BBC is located at the center of the space. Behind it, the 4S Prequel, which was engendered from a similar line of thoughts. (In colloquial Chinese, 4S shop refers to the authorized car shops.) They oversee the exhibition against their camouflaged screens. The screens serve in her oeuvre as a symbolic tool for the use of anti-identification. It is also as a fashionable icon deployed as backdrop for her absurd sculptures that collages carved roots with various found objects. With a sense of anachronism, the artist has adapted this traditional Chinese root carving into her conceptual framework. To practice such a contextual reference, Guan finds herself often shaping her art according to the texture of the source material." Text from: ANTENNA SPACE | GUAN XIAO | BASIC LOGIC | NEWS

Watch Guan Xiao's video talking about her work.

Guan Xiao (b.1983, China)

The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture , 2012

Digital Print on vinyl, resin, colored metal, webcam, tripods, camera lenses
Edition: 2/3
230 x 280 x 210 cm
90 9/16 x 110 1/4 x 82 11/16 in.
Gallery Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, Germany  Current Location:
Hong Kong - BRINK'S HK InstallationFar East


Guan Xiao (another Edition)
Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis
01/18/2019 - 04/21/2019

2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
New Museum, New York NY, USA
February 2015 - May 2015

Don't You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics
M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium
June 2014 - October 2014

The 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale - Accidental Message: Art is Not a System. Not A World.
OCT Contemporary art terminal, Shanghai China


One to Another
Spike Magazine (Magazine), October 2016

Navin Rawanchaikul & Douglas Coupland, ArtReview Asia: Guan Xiao
(Magazine), January 2016, 1
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Bowen Li, Guan Xiao
Art Review Asia, Vol.4, No.1 (Magazine), January 2016, pp. 30-37

Li Bowen, Guan Xiao
ArtReview Asia (Catalogue), January 2016

Bowen Li, Art Review Asia (Cover), Vol.4, No.1
(Magazine), January 2016
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Chine: Les Communauté Flottantes
LEAP (Magazine), Hong Kong, September 2015

ARTSY EDITORIAL, 30 Emerging Artists to Watch This Summer
Artsy (Online ), July 14, 2015
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Xuan Mai Ardia, Hugo Boss Asia Art 2015 shortlist reveals striking new artists
Art Radar (Online), June 2015
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NEWS: GUAN Xiao at New Museum 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
Anttena Space (Online), April 2015
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Iona Whittaker, Artist Profile: Guan Xiao
Rhizome (Online), April 2015
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Yang Beichen, translated from chinese by Qianxi Liu, Guan Xiao
Mutual Art (Online), April 2015
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Lu Zhang, Guan Xiao, "Documentary: Geocentric Puncture" at the 2015 Triennial of The New Museum
The Current Season (Online), March 2015
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Yang Beichen, Guan Ziao
ArtForum (Magazine), 2015

Nav Haq, The Shapes of Logic: Guan Xiao and Her Cognitive Experiments
Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists (Magazine), 2015

Lila Seidman, The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Foundations (Magazine), 2015, No. 3
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Nav Haq, What is it we have seen?
Mousse Magazine (Magazine), October 2014

Don't You Know Who I am? - Art After Identity Politics
M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (Catalogue), June 2014

Karen Archey, Guan Xiao: 2014 FutureGreat Asia, selected by Karen Archey
ArtReview (Online), Autumn & Winter 2014
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Pablo Larios , Guan Xiao
Kaleidoscope (Magazine), Fall 2014

Arte Fuse, Guan Xiao and Anna Uddenberg: “Showroom Extended” at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin
Arte Fuse (Online), May 2020

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