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L.A. Galerie – Lothar Albrecht

L.A. Galerie – Lothar Albrecht

Private Gallery
L. A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht at Quality Street - Frankfurt Fine Art Fair
Liu Ding
Liu Ding
  L. A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt


Quality Street - Frankfurt Fine Art Fair, Halle 9, Stand G14
April 13th 2007 - April 15th 2007

Liu Ding

Chinese artist Liu Ding's sculpture "A Girl with a Skull in the Hand" will be shown for the first time at the Quality Street Fine Art Fair in Frankfurt. The life-size dummy representing a young Asian girl is offering the viewer a golden skull with her right hand. The sculpture is concrete in almost every aspect: Both the dummy's hair and its clothes are real, covering a body that also looks authentic, skin-colored, with breasts and pubic hair. In contrast, the pedestal carrying the girl is abstract and not easy to interpret - a shiny-black, organic-looking, eerie structure. The girl with the skull is the first of a series of four sculptures depicting girls that the artist has been working on. He says he was inspired by a painting of Dutch portraitist Frans Hals, a portrait of a young man with a skull at the National Gallery in London. This Baroque vanity-picture can be placed in a long tradition of works of art reminding the transitoriness of all earthly matter. However, it is not this aspect and its implied morality that Liu Ding cares most about: "My work is not so much about the contrast between the vigor of youth and the death and shortness of life ? I am more interested in describing a state of being, which is an almost mechanical longing for the future."

Liu Ding is focused on two subjects. He has dealt with the topic of consumerism and the impact it has had on his home country of China in a series of works titled "Samples from the Transition." At the same time he is interested in the role that art has played in this context. In "Products," which was developed at the Guangzhou Triennial and displayed at L. A. Gallery in the summer of 2006, forty oil-paintings depict nothing but the same motif: two crane-birds against a landscape of mountains and a waterfall, in pink and light-blue shades and framed in gold, produced in shift-work by a kind of combine of professional painters from Dafencun. Pictures like this are usually up for sale at big department stores, and it might well be that this aspect of consumerism also plays a role in the new work. It could be about "want to have" and its consequences; or about "can have" and the global structures of consumerism and consumers' willingness to be seduced that it entails.

Liu Ding

1976 Born in Changzhou Jiangsu Province, China

2001 Established Pink Studio, Nanjing

Until now Independent Artist in Beijing

Founder and member of Complete Art Experience Project (CAEP)

Solo Exhibitions
Samples from the Transition, Orange County Museum, Los Angeles, 2008
Samples from the Transition. Products, Saatchi Gallery, London

The Remaining Landscape - New Paintings by Liu Ding, Grace Li Gallery, Zurich
Kunsthalle Wien, Project Space, 2007
Tiger Universal Studios Beijing, 2007
L.A. Galerie - Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt

Samples from the Transition. Products - L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt
Noah's Living Room, Dartington College of Art (UK)

Samples from the Transition. Treasure (Installation), Beijing Long March Project Room

Noah's Living Room, Chinaclub2, Berlin
Image Beyond Image (Photography), Rooseum, Malmφ,

Group Exhibitions
Complete Art Experience Project No. 5, MOMA, San Francisco

Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2007
Products. Samples from the Transition, Orange County Museum, Los Angeles

ALLLOOKSAME?/TUTTTUGUALE? Art from China Korea and Japan, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Complete Art Experience Project No. 5, Seoul International Media Triennial, Seoul City Museum
The Amber Room, Luggage Store, San Francisco
China Power Station Part 1, Battersea Power Station, Serpentine Gallery, London
Fiction@Love, MOCA, Shanghai
Complete Art Experience Project No. 5, Art Basel Miami Beach, Grace Li Gallery, Miami

Renovation - Relations of Production, Long March Space, Beijing
Ten Eras Ten Colors, Soka Contemporary Space, Beijing
Beyond, 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou
GNA - Seoul Auction House, Seoul, Korea
Blueness, Chinese Contemporary Photography, Hangzhou
Love Seoul Enjoy Art, Seoul International Print, Photo & Edition Works Art Fair 2005, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Complete Art Experience Project No. 6 - Playground of Authorship, University of Rochester, New York
Limitation and Freedom-Autumn Market, Wuhan Art Archives and Center, Wuhan
Complete Art Experience Project No. 5 - 24 Hours, Beijing Film Studio, Beijing
Archeology of the Future, 2nd Triennial of Chinese Art, Nanjing
Complete Art Experience Project No. 1 - Incest, Platform China, Beijing
In and Out or In-between - N Kinds of Space Displacement, Soka Contemporary Space, Beijing
China. Reflections on the Everyday, L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt

Undercurrents. Video from China, China Unlimited, Berlin, Germany
Myth and Reality, a Look towards East, the 55th Edition of the Fondazione "Premio Michetti", Michetti Museum, Francavilla al mare, Italy
Temporality, L. A. Gallery Beijing
Object System: Doing Nothing, ARCO Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
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