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Sun Xun, A Historic Moment, 2014, ink on paper, 43 3/4 × 63 1/8".

Sun Xun

Edouard Malingue Gallery | Hong Kong

Sun Xun, A Historic Moment, 2014, ink on paper, 43 3/4 × 63 1/8".

The animated film What Happened in Past Dragon Year (all works cited, 2014) was the centerpiece of Sun Xun’s recent exhibition “Brave New World.” It formed part of a sculptural installation—also depicted in a drawing titled Organism of Civilization—in which a taxidermied horse emerges out of the back of a flat screen supported on either side by a wooden totem, each with a rooster perched at the peak. Ten minutes in length, the animation opens with a series of quotes, which hover over scenes that were also presented in the gallery as grayscale pastels on canvas hung among other works on paper and canvas related to the film. Each canvas’s title includes the name of the source for one of the quotations in the animation—among them were Was Nikola Tesla a Communist?, Trotsky’s Religion, and Kafka’s Travels. The only title without the name of a historical figure was The

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