YUXUAN AN: Looking for XXX

Announced by L@ Editor on

A Curated Solo Exhibition

May. 15th - May 25th, 2021

EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE

(For immediate release)

Opening Reception: May. 15th, 2021, 6 pm - 9 pm

Location: 174 Roebling St., 1L, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hours: Tue. - Sat. 11 am- 5 pm, Sunday 12 am - 5 pm, by appointment only. 

Artists: Yuxuan AN

Curator: Shihui Zhou

 

LATITUDE Gallery is pleased to announce Yuanxuan An’s solo exhibition: Looking for XXX, curated by Shihui Zhou, on view from May 15 to May 25, 2021. As the artist's first solo exhibition in New York, Looking for XXX will feature a series of Yuxuan's recent works, including videos, installation, wax sculptures and performance documentation since the Covid pandemic. Briefly worked with the artist for our group exhibition earlier this year, gallery met with Yuxuan many times to discuss the possibility of putting all her work created during lock down together as a conclusion before her new journey to RISD. Artist and curator believe the importance of exhibiting the unseen artworks during a stay-home time period. After months of making works to reflect herself in solitude, artist still finds herself in a stage of confusion. Perhaps by presenting the body of work, or the status of still confusing and searching for an answer will lead to something, somewhere in the near future. But for now we call it XXX.

 

        Empathy is a force that mobilizes social practices. As an artist, Yuxuan hopes to record historical and concurrent events, output and input my values, and in the process encourage people to explore, think, seek, and speak up. In that sense, empathy is my intimate and personal history. Oftentimes, she recalls and pays attention to social events within and around her native family. Interacting with social phenomena regarding such issues as gender discrimination or foreign/ political tensions, artist thinks about the fragility, cause and impact of the current status quo, how state-mandated narratives work in tandem, and how this kind of complex relationship explains human nature at all. Through her work, artist seeks to speak up from the perspective of a contemporary Chinese woman based in the US about issues that concern me as they com, especially during this unprecedented time .

In one of Yuxuan’s works located downstair in this exhibition, Dancing Blue, She used video, projection, and mirrors to represent modernity on the one hand, and hay-sanitary napkins that ancient Chinese women used as a metaphor for the actuality Chinese females currently encounter. Women living in contemporary China have developed unique relationships in their social status. The work navigates everyday issues that Chinese women face in the society regarding menstrual shame, the lack of proper support, and subsequently more right to speak in the public sphere that matches their labor force. By combining both traditional materials and electronic products, she wanted to highlight the tension between new and old materials, the entangled collision between rising voices and old conventions.

Her studio practice often involves interacting with the audience through installations or performances. During this exchange of information between the artist and the audience, artist juggles with the idea and form of receiving and giving, as well as kinds of information contextualized by the moment and the participants.

        

        Quote “I am interested in the idea of relational aesthetics, as I reflect on the role of myself as an artist, and the importance of a context I formalize in my work. As much as I am dealing with my own personal narrative, I find it crucial to think about the meeting point of my own narrative and larger sociocultural issues as an artist based in the western locality. ”

 

An Yuxuan was born in China and now lives in New York. Graduated from New York with a bachelor's degree in the School of Visual Art Fine arts department and will soon be studying in the Master's Department of Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. She believes that the premise of being an artist is to be a person with a sense of social responsibility, so she tries to explore the world in her eyes from the perspective of a contemporary Chinese woman living in the United States. With empathy and social mission, she uses her power to output her insights into this society. This process also encourages the audience to explore, think, and trigger in-depth discussion.

Since she likes the concept of "relational aesthetics" very much, she will continue to explore the social status of art in contemporary society in her future creations. Through the interaction between the work and the audience or the interaction between the audience and the audience, the distance between people will be closer. It is hoped that the power of the work itself can truly solve some real problems that in the future occur in society. Becoming the initiator and advocate of a movement or trend is also the motivation for her to continue to create.