Guangzhou

Chu Yun, A Realistic Circle, 2018–19, paint on wall. Installation view, 2019.

Chu Yun, A Realistic Circle, 2018–19, paint on wall. Installation view, 2019.

Chu Yun

Mirrored Gardens 镜花园

In 2007, Chu Yun mounted a show at Vitamin Creative Space, then located in the depths of a bustling vegetable market in Guangzhou. Titled “Smile of Matter,” the exhibition featured works made from the detritus—and conjuring the atmosphere—of a sad-sack middle-class consumer’s day-to-day life: a cellphone, a light box advertising a new laptop, a bottle of Absolut Vodka, and a radio, to name just a few. The most notable works were Constellation, 2006, a dark room packed with electrical appliances in which one saw little more than flashing indicator lights recalling a starry sky, and Who Has Stolen Our Bodies, 2002, a set of neatly arrayed bars of soap in various states of use. With these understated gestures, Chu Yun arouses memories of the minute experiences that accumulate around everyday items, allowing viewers to perceive their own embodied lives as if from an external vantage point.

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