KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY
presents

the Canadian premiere of
TIAN XIAOLEI

 OVERLOAD

curated by
YAN ZHOU

 JUNE 9 to AUGUST 5

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 9 from 7 p onward

Join us on Friday, June 9 at 7 p for the opening reception of OVERLOAD. TIAN XIAOLEI will be in attendance. Please note that the Virtual Reality (VR) installation will only be available on Friday, June 9 from 7 to 9 p. For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, June 10 from 3 p

Join us on Saturday, June 10 at 3 p for an artist talk with TIAN XIAOLEI on the topics of art, animation, and gaming. Our guests will include: TRUDY ELMORE, ALEX McLEOD, and YAN ZHOU. Please note that the Virtual Reality (VR) installation will only be available on Saturday, June 10 from 12 to 3 p.

“I want existing culture, technology, and bodies to fully make love, and breed unknown, interesting hybrids.” (TIAN XIAOLEI)

 

KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY proudly presents the Canadian premiere of the Beijing-based artist TIAN XIAOLEI. The digital artwork of TIAN XIAOLEI constructs universes of virtualized bodies where human encounters become re-cast in the language of anonymity and gaming. The surreal and futuristic visual landscapes that TIAN XIAOLEI creates liberate one from the limitations of human form so that one may interact and hybridize with other species and machines.

OVERLOAD is pure sensory excess where one encounters an ultra-mechanized, posthuman world filled with digital gifs, photographic holograms, archival digital prints, digital animated video, 3D printed sculptures, and a Virtual Reality (VR) installation.

 

“Digital media is the carrier of my creation. I am interested in the uncertainty of the rapid iteration in this era and in the relationship between life, science, technology, and the future evolution of this new species as produced by this hybrid age. I use the artist’s perspective to create future world specimens that blend history, religion, science, technology, and the body to create a new artistic experience.” (TIAN XIAOLEI)

 

Having already shown in Australia, Italy, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States, as well as in prominent galleries all across China, KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY is honoured to be hosting TIAN XIAOLEI’S Canadian premiere exhibition curated by YAN ZHOU.

The custom jewelry of TIAN XIAOLEI will also be part of KATZMAN’S compendium exhibition DRIVE-THRU (June 9 to August 5).

The artwork of TIAN XIAOLEI will also be part of KATZMAN’S offsite millennial group exhibition ALL-DAY BREAKFAST at FIRST CANADIAN PLACE GALLERY (100 King Street West from June 12 to July 21).

The video artwork of TIAN XIAOLEI will also be broadcast on DRAKE TV across all of THE DRAKE’S digital platforms (June 9 to August 5).

CURATORIAL STATEMENT BY YAN ZHOU:

“Fascinated with the ways mobile phone communication, computer technology, and internet media have transformed human reality, artist Tian Xiaolei, like a contemporary Peter Pan, uses digital and plastic art making tools to create work that envisions a new world of human evolution. In his universe, the distinctions between animal, human, and machine are discarded, and post-gender recognition is applauded. The glamorous, hyper, hilarious, and erotic visual depictions in his art arouse the feeling of a Bosch-like wonderland filled with exotic and fantastic depictions but without the guilt-and-punishment religiosity.” (excerpt from the exhibition essay Posthuman Wonderland).

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

TIAN XIAOLEI is a digital artist whose work focuses on technology in relation to the human form. Since graduating from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Digital Media in 2007, TIAN XIAOLEI has been widely recognized across China as one of the foremost artists in New Media, garnering him many prestigious awards. His video shorts and animations have received accolades from the Odense International Film Festival and the Berlin Interfilm International Short Film Festival.

TIAN XIAOLEI is represented by SPACE STATION gallery (Beijing).

SELECT AWARDS:

·      Winner – Wallpost Outstanding Artist Award – Today Art Museum – 2017

·      Finalist – Young Artist Award – Yishu-8 China – 2017

·      Winner – Wang Shikuo Award – Today Art Museum – 2016

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

·      Overclocking – Department for Culture and Education of the German Consulate General in Shanghai (AKuB) – Shanghai – 2016

·      Waiting for You------Infinite Time and Space – Today Art Museum – Beijing – 2016

·      Poetry – Space Station – Beijing – 2016

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

·      Digital Samplers, or A New Generation Deep Dive into Internet Superposition – The Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China – 2017

·      No Commission Shanghai - Shanghai Exhibition Center - Shanghai, China – 2017

·      Flow·Arte contemporanea Italiana e Cinese in dialogo – Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, Italy – 2017

·      Brave Heart – Vermilion Art – Walsh Bay, Australia – 2017

·      ENERGY FIELD·Transmedia ART exhibition – Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Shanghai, China - 2017

·      The World Is Not Flat – Chinese Contemporary Video Art exhibition – Adelaide Festival Centre – Adelaide, Australia – 2017

·      PIXEL ECHO 2017 – YueSpace – Beijing, China 2017

CURATOR’S BIOGRAPHY:

YAN ZHOU is an independent curator, a critic of art and literature, a poet, and a translator who currently lives and works in Toronto. She holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. She is the curator of several international exhibitions including: a Special Canadian Contemporary Art Exhibition for the 6th Beijing Art Biennale at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2015); Transformation of Canadian Landscape Art: Inside and Outside of Being, a touring exhibition at Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an and Today Art Museum, Beijing (2014-2015); Through the Body: Lens-Based Works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists at the University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) (2014; a primary exhibition for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. She is the recipient of Canada Council for the Arts grants and an International Council of Museums Young Professional Fellowship award.


KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY & KONTORT PROJECT SPACE

present

DRIVE-THRU

featuring

BARBARA BALFOUR, BROADBENT SISTERS, STELLA CADE, BRANDON A. DALMER, JAMES GARDNER, WYN GELEYNSE, IDO GOVRIN, LAURA HUDSPITH, JOHN KISSICK, BRADEN LABONTE, MERYL McMASTER, SAM MOGELONSKY, MEGHAN PRICE, YVONNE SINGER, MILES STEMP, TIAN XIAOLEI, YI XIN TONG, VSVSVS, DUSTIN WILSON, XIAOJING YAN, AKIRA YOSHIKAWA

JUNE 9 to AUGUST 5

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 9 from 7 p onward

Join us on Friday, June 9 at 7 p for the opening reception of DRIVE-THRU, a group exhibition featuring 21 local artists. For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.

As a compendium to our next exhibition OVERLOAD, and in conjunction with our offsite millennial exhibition ALL-DAY BREAKFAST at FIRST CANADIAN PLACE gallery, KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY, along with the kontort project space, present DRIVE-THRU, an exhibition of locavore artwork priced from $5 to $1000.

DRIVE-THRU is a fast and furious exhibition designed without rules. If you’ve caught yourself saying “I don’t have any more space for art” or “I can’t afford ‘real art’” or “I’m too intimidated to go to a commercial art gallery,” DRIVE-THRU is the exhibition for you! DRIVE-THRU is an exciting and accessible gallery experience featuring artist books, CDs, jewelry, LPs, multiples, sculptures, and wall work. We’ll even deliver the artwork right to your car window!

Some tasty treats from the DRIVE-THRU menu include two fresh selections by MERYL McMASTER, a new crop of small ink works by the BROADBENT SISTERS, exclusive custom jewelry delights from the Beijing-based TIAN XIAOLEI, a batch of crisp small paintings by STELLA CADE, and much, much, more …

If you’re starving for artistic stimulation, the KATZMAN DRIVE-THRU will satiate your hunger, fast!