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Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thorsdottir, Sisyphus Rotation, 2011, airbrush ink on wall, 20 x 20'.

Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thorsdottir

Long March Space 长征空间

Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thorsdottir, Sisyphus Rotation, 2011, airbrush ink on wall, 20 x 20'.

Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thorsdottir’s latest exhibition at Long March Space was the couple’s most abstract yet; even the meaning of its title, “Kuo Xuan,” is ambiguous. Ostensibly the romanization of a two-character Chinese word (though the artists have declined to specify which two characters), the term is evocative—in Mandarin, it sounds something like “expanding choices”—but its meaning is unfixed.

The gallery’s two main halls were given over to seven symbols mapped onto the walls in thin lines of various colors that towered over the viewer, mostly of cochlear spirals ricocheting off bisecting curves and lines; the gallery’s walls were rounded into mirroring coiled shapes as well. Three of the works—Sisyphus Rotation, Narcissus Recovery, and Recovery Position (all works 2011)—included human forms, outlines of bodies engaging the curves around them. While

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