Preview: 9th December 2017 6 til 9PM
Exhibition: 9th December to 10th December 2017
Artist: Yuan Jingyi
Curated by: Poppy Dongxue Wu
Inspired by her peripatetic life, Chinese artist Yuan Jingyi sees life as a multidimensional space, which not only consists of different identities and borders externally, but also in a subtle counterbalance between subjectivity and objectivity, illusions and reality. In the year long research, driven by the traditional Chinese water colour methodology, Yuan captured visitors silhouettes from all around the world as they wandered into the pub, bathed under the shimmering light. Personal letters were also collected as part of the artistic production, the exhibition is not about one, but everyone.
By situating the practice and exhibitions in the most popular tourists destination it both signifies the end of artists' temporal stay in London, and alludes to how the consumer culture advertise a city on the other. The consumer culture and mass media promotion instill fabricated illusions and presumptions of an experience, whose aftermath enlarge the difference between illusion and reality. The reality, is merely 'appearances' or the fragments of what can be observed.
The exhibition explores the dichotomy between the coexisting illusion and reality by unpicking them into paintings, stories, letters, sketches and emotions.