Poster of Soft Violence

Curated by Huang Du, the Linda Galleries, Beijing announces the opening of a new Gao Xiaowu solo exhibition on October 8th, 2011. It features the sculptures he has created after 2008 which are “thematic” ones after his series of Standard Age, Our Generation, the City Dreams. Compared with his previous series of works, his new creations have new transformations in artistic concepts and forms, as well as a new tendency for diversity and installation.

The Infant by Gao Xiaowu, 2008; FRP, 117x117x210cm

The Infant by Gao Xiaowu, 2008; FRP, 117x117x210cm

Soft Violence I by Gao Xiaowu, 2010;caster copper,95x55x92cm

Soft Violence I by Gao Xiaowu, 2010;caster copper,95x55x92cm

Soft Violence II by Gao Xiaowu, 2010; caster copper, 65x50x60cm

Soft Violence II by Gao Xiaowu, 2010; caster copper, 65x50x60cm

The sculptor’s point of view turns from the virtual subject of matter and the formalized aesthetic to his deliberation on social phenomena and human environment which is his concern and analysis on the many invisible problems bred by urban development. Thus he comprehends visual images, voice and media discourse as a kind of soft violence. What is soft violence? It is a kind of violence beyond offensive mandatory violence and it is manifested as a recessive characteristic, more specifically a kind of violence posing as a soft, exhorting and comforting gesture. It is a visual violence connected with images and information.

Soft Violence IV by Gao Xiaowu, 2010; caster copper, 42×34×84cm

Soft Violence IV by Gao Xiaowu, 2010; caster copper, 42×34×84cm

Soft Violence VI by Gao Xiaowu, 2009; caster copper

Soft Violence VI by Gao Xiaowu, 2009; caster copper

Soft Violence VIII by Gao Xiaowu, 2010; caster copper, 94×65×56cm

Soft Violence VIII by Gao Xiaowu, 2010; caster copper, 94×65×56cm

In and Out by Gao Xiaowu, 2011; FRP, 145×145×330cm

In and Out by Gao Xiaowu, 2011; FRP, 145×145×330cm

When talking about the meaning of art in contemporary society, Gao Xiaowu believes that “Art should have a feature of reminder, like a warning sign.” His current solo exhibition entitled “Soft Violence” vividly depicts the thinking on some problems which should not be neglected by people, which indicates not only a feeling of violence from direct injury, but also a silent kind of soft violence which affects human life. Taking metaphorical and abstract artistic language, the artist expresses his anxiety and critique on the real-world problems through the sculptural language of exaggeration and distortion. Cars, housing, children, consumers, information, belief and appearance of the city are composed of his subjective display and analysis from his “soft violent” perspective. Therefore, Gao Xiaowu’s new solo exhibition with both soft and witty humor enables the viewer to derive inspiration and serious reflections from it.

Gao Xiaowu was at his exhibition in CAFAM.

Gao Xiaowu was at his exhibition in CAFAM.

Gao Xiaowu Biography

1976 Born in Fujian

1999 Graduated from Fujian Xiamen Arts and Crafts Academy Sculpture Department

2004 Graduated from Central Art Academy Sculpture Department

Currently based in Beijing

Selected Exhibitions

2008

Shanghai MoCA Envisage II – Butterfly Dream, Shanghai;

The First Annual Moon River Sculpture Festival –The Origin, Beijing;

100 Tales in Animamix, Beijing;

Art Basel Miami Beach, America;

East Meets West: A Multi-Media Experience to Entice the Senses, Shanghai;

SongZhuang Art Festival, Beijing;

“Surfing Animamix”Shanghai, Shanghai;

The 2nd Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai;

The 3rd Nanjing Triennial, Nanjing;

Gao Xiaowu’s Sculpture Solo exhibition, Taiwan;

2007

“Our Generation” Gao Xiaowu’s Sculpture Solo exhibition, Beijing;

“From Modernity to Eternity,” the second cartoon aesthetic Biennial, Shanghai;

Floating New Generation of Art in China, Korea;

798 Art Festival, Beijing;

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL-EXIT-“ANIMANGA”, Paris, France;

Special Exhibition in 798 Art Festival, Beijing 798;

2006

Christmas is approaching, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai;

Fiction@Love International”  touring exhibition;

City Dream, Beijing (solo);

Chinese Art Today 2006 Exhibition, Beijing;

Art Singapore2006, Singapore;

“Illusion City” Gao Xiaowu and “Tamen” Art Show, Beijing;

The Dawn of Meaning, Beijing;

2005

“Era of Luxury” China Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Tianjin

SBM (Autumn) Art Show, Shanghai

Beijing International Art Biennale Satellite Exhibition, Beijing

Collision: Art and Performance, Shanghai

Sino-French Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing

The 1st China International Animated Art Festival, Hangzhou

2004

Gallery of China Art Academy Exhibition, Beijing

Sculpture Movement, Jianwai SOHO, Beijing (solo)

Standard Age: Action of Sculpture, Jianwai SOHO, Beijing (solo)

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