Shanghai

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Blue, 2018, HD video, color, sound, 12 minutes 16 seconds.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Blue, 2018, HD video, color, sound, 12 minutes 16 seconds.

Geng Jianyi, Liang Shaoji, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

ShanghART Shanghai | 香格纳上海

This group show was straightforward in execution: It consisted simply of one artwork from each artist arranged in the gallery’s rectangular main hall so as to encourage sequential viewing. Finding a line connecting Geng Jianyi’s use of readymades, Liang Shaoji’s silken sculpture, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s video installation (closely linked to his work as a filmmaker) might have seemed difficult, especially for a show without an explicit curatorial premise. Yet the formally distinct pieces all shared an airy indeterminacy, suggesting to the viewer additional layers of meaning lurking below the surface.

The first work on display was Liang’s Guiguzi, 2009, a twisting iron-wire and silk sculpture suspended from the ceiling as if caught mid-pirouette. Two masses of coiled wires hung next to each other, half-covered in silk cocoons. Liang’s work sometimes carries a feeling of foreboding,

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