In his latest exhibition artist Shi Jinsong takes ideas from the past and applies them to present day scenarios. The Mind Set Art Center is hosting Jingsong’s show, titled “All That Is Solid Melts Into Air”. The exhibition will be on view in Taipei until May 26, 2018.
The title of the exhibition takes its name from a quotation in Karl Marx's “The Communist Manifesto” but the artist believes that it fits perfectly in today’s era. In the views of the gallery, with the Internet, globalization, consumerism, and artificial intelligence taking over the globe, the power structure has radically changed — the system of knowledge, the mode of communication and the way of life have changed drastically. The solids we believe today, let it be faith, power, culture, or even the institution, will one by one vanish into thin air. This change is not the result of a bloodshed revolution, but an imperceptible yet unstoppable engulfment that takes us over.
Every artist and every individual is struggling as to how to deal with the old times in the rear-view mirror, how to deal with the discipline and alienation of this new era, and how to deal with the relationship between ourselves and the times that are unrealistic. The work “Hua Shan” is significant as it reveals how the various "meanings" constructed by those in power determine the behavior and life of the people. Shi has used the process of "burning" in his works to destroy and reconstruct the functional and cultural significance of objects thus, suggesting the fragility and irreversible nature of civilization. Daily necessities and Buddhist scriptures complement and cancel each other out in expressing the intricate relationship between the existence of individuals and the world. He absurdly "smuggles" works of art to deconstruct the power structure of contemporary art and the relations of production.
Shi Jinsong pontificates on the contemporary state through his mixed media installations and sculptures that draw on traditional aesthetics. His seminal body of stainless steel work consists of parodies of objects associated with comfort and nurture — baby carriages, a child's rattle — menacingly crafted in razor-sharp blades. Shi maintains a dialogue that juxtaposes globalization and consumerism with mythic cultures from the past, often diffusing the conversation with a jocular sensibility. His work is in major institutional collections around the world including the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France; Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands; Uli Sigg Collection, M+ Museum, Hong Kong; and the White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia.
The exhibition is on view through May 26, 2018 at Mind Set Art Center, 7F, No.180, Sec. 1, Heping E. Rd., Da'an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan.
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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.