Galerie Urs Meile Beijing
Liu Ding: Three Performances
8.3. – 20.4.2014
OPENING: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 4–7pm, the artists will be present.
Galerie Urs Meile is pleased to present Liu Ding’s (*1976 in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China) solo exhibition Three Performances in Beijing. Over the past two years, Beijing-based artist Liu Ding has been developing a form of art that he terms “soft performance.” The three artworks—I Simply Appear in the Company of… (2012), The Un-erasable (2012), and Almost Avant-Garde (2013)—employ three different ways of examining the relationship between artistic creation, experience, and consciousness. Liu Ding’s art explores how these relationships can be described, expressed, and understood. I Simply Appear in the Company of… is a staged dialogue between a Mr. Liu (played by Liu Ding) and two curators, about Liu’s own work. The Un-erasable features Liu again and an art researcher talking about creation and experience in a gallery, filled with objects that signify the aesthetics of art. Since the performers’ conversation is barely audible, the audience is only able to grasp fragments of it.