Just Around the CornerArrow Factory, Beijing
August 15, 2009 - January 15, 2010
Curated by Chen Shaoxiong and Pauline J. Yao
Announcing NEW WORK Nov 29, 2009 - Jan 15, 2010:
Li Ming, Lin Tianmiao and Wang Wei (this is the final rotation for this exhibition)
Please note: Artists and artworks in the show will be on view in four different sections, each lasting for approximately one month. Please check the website www.arrowfactory.org.cn for the most current information.
Participating artists: Lim Tzay-Chuen (Singapore/Beijing), Liang Yuanwei (Beijing), Xijing Men (Beijing/Tokyo/Seoul), Yan Lei (Beijing), Ken Lum (Vancouver), Wang Wei (Beijing), Patty Chang (New York), Liu Chuang (Beijing), Li Ming (Hangzhou), Rania Ho (Beijing), Hong Hao (Beijing), Koki Tanaka (Tokyo/Los Angeles), Dan Perjovschi (Bucharest), Lin Tianmiao (Beijing)
Just Around the Corner is a group exhibition that looks at the street and hutong environment as a site for artistic creation. Marking Arrow Factory’s first group exhibition, Just Around the Corner invites international and local artists to make new projects that interact, engage, embed themselves or otherwise respond to social conditions that persist within Arrow Factory’s storefront location. Extending beyond the four walls of Arrow Factory’s space to engage more directly with the outdoor street and neighboring businesses and residents, these works wish to promote a seamless relationship with the local economies and micro-environments of hutong life.
In taking the hutong as site for artistic production, Just Around the Corner also aims at engaging strategies of looking and visibility, especially as they pertain to our understandings of consumption and exchange in daily life. The audience at Arrow Factory is made up of immediate neighbors and residents of Jianchang Hutong, namely local residents, merchants and random passersby. Unaccustomed to the modes of visual consumption we readily associate with contemporary art, they are regular users of the space and inhabitants whose daily practice is composed of less visually oriented types of consumption—buying vegetables, cigarettes, pancake bread, etc—that permeate everyday life. Even though modern lifestyles and new inhabitants have invaded the hutong, modern visual culture and art has yet to incorporate the hutong and its residents into its own horizon and hutong residents are nonchalant when it comes to contemporary art. The art world views its audience as the museum director, curator, collector, art researcher and art student, gradually abandoning the general public and enforcing a high-minded view of art. But what does it mean for works of art to be seen, noticed, witnessed, and felt in contexts where the modalities of art merge with everyday human experience? Are there ways to approach a particular location, like Arrow Factory Hutong, as a site for examining the systems and structures of consumption that overlap with but remain fundamentally different than those of the ‘art system’? These are some of the ideas Just Around the Corner seeks to identify and pose through its own formation and realization.
International artist participation has been made possible through the support of several organizations and individuals: Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Libreria Borges Institute of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou; Manufactura's Studio, Wuhan; Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou/Beijing; Triangle Arts Trust; the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA); Waling Boers and Beatrice Leanza/BAO Atelier.