A Curated Solo Exhibition
Jul. 22nd - Aug. 3rd, 2021
EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE
(For immediate release)
Opening Reception: Jul. 22, 2021, 6 pm - 9 pm
174 Roebling St., 1L, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tue. - Sat. 11 am- 5 pm, Sun. 12 am - 5 pm, by appointment only.
LATITUDE Gallery is pleased to announce that our coming exhibition EYES OF DRAGONFLY by artist and poet LingXiao. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery in New York. This poetry exhibition opens at LATITUDE Gallery’s Brooklyn site on July 22.
The exhibition is a collection of poetry written by Chinese artist and poet LingXiao upon his arrival in New York. It is a record of his past experience clashing with new visions gifted from the City of New York. There are diaries, documentaries, or simply flashes, but all were sensitively curated because everything was never experienced.
The exhibition takes two parts: the poems and the illustrations. The illustrations which are made from LingXiao’s poems accordingly tries to express abstract concepts as something sensual. Even if someone does not read, the symbols could give an impression. And the illustrations form an eccentric writing system, which has 26 alphabets and absorbs some grammar from American Sign Language. Words are punctuated using colors, and hieroglyphics are used for abbreviation. They present poetry text as visual - if we agree a poem is a puzzle itself, the illustrations create an extra layer of puzzle over the poem.
In the downstairs exhibition room, artist set up a mini working station of his book making process where he will perform the making of his first self-public poetry project during the opening reception and selected dates. And the books will be on view and for purchase and exchange through out the exhibition period.
Though a person’s life experiences are extremely private, and people speak different languages, it's an awe that we still could understand each other well. Artist want to prove there are connections beyond our identities, by intentionally leaving the context of language out in this exhibition.
“It's my personal journey but we are all in the same one.”
LingXiao, programmer, game designer, poet. Born 1993 in Chongqing, China and grew up in Chengdu. He spent extra years in the education system until graduate. During three years of work, he lived in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. He programmed data tools for gene analysis companies. He acquired his Computer Science B.S from University of Macau with a minor in Philosophy. Now he studies Game Design and Development in Rochester Institute of Technology.