Stoner：Individual Project by Xia Tian
策展人 Curator：严峻峰 Yan Junfeng
开幕Opening : 2019.11.30 19:00
展期 Duration：2019.11.30 - 2019.12.22
地址 Address：南京市鼓楼区陶谷新村6号1楼 The first floor,No.6 Taoguxincun, Gulou District,Nanjing city.
TOKU Gallery is delighted to present artist Xia Tian's individual project STONER on 30th November 2019, the exhibition will last until December 22. This exhibition will present the artist Xia Tian’s three video works，which are the artist's research and reflection on the personal experience of the image era. The materials of the works come from the Internet. The artist uses art magic to regroup, arrange, and annotate them，starting a dream journey.
《秘语》Whisper, 影像作品 Video, 7"09', 2019
"Whisper" shows the presentation of "magic". As a private means of communication, "whisper" is hidden in social relationships, it's like a key to the real world and hidden in everyone's pocket. The artist is the one who found this magic key, just like the stalker in the movie "Stalker"，he takes you to find the key and will not activate the wiper to let you see the journey ahead clearly.
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《新喜剧之王》The New King of Comedy, 影像作品 Video, 9"24', 2019
"The New King of Comedy" is a trace of the era of images. From Chaplin to Robert De Niro to Stephen Chow, they all use their own performances to interpret true comedy, just as the core of comedy is tragedy. In the current performances on Douyin and Kuaishou, we can see that the real nonsense is our life, and the real king of comedy is actually ourselves. We shape ourselves into "Stephen Chow", a hero who has been "magic". From suffering to suffering, just like life is like a dream.
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Solaris, 影像作品 Video, 28"17', 2019
Solaris was inspired by the long-form science fiction novel Solaris by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem. The artist shows us a journey to Solaris to find "truth". This is a process from "reality" to "truth". Artist uses "magic" to connect the real world with the true world. This "journey" through time and space is the artist's escape from the real world. The truth and reality superimpose each other after transcendent , they constitute a wonderful journey.
Xia Tian, born in Hefei, Anhui in 1982, currently lives and works in Anhui. In recent years, Xia's work has turned to the path of individual empirical research in the era of images, using annotation, rewriting, and editing to interpret the real situation. The artist believes that reorganizing and writing based on personal experience is an important way to understand the world and also a necessary means to present artistic magic. Artists use images, installations, and writing to build a "true" world. At the same time, he launched a path project with Xiong Yanjun and Yin Changzhi, intervened in different spaces in various ways, and started the path mapping and action preview of art in today's reality. He has participated in exhibitions at the Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Today Art Museum, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, and Golden Eagle Contemporary Art Center.
Team of TOKU Galley
吕 莹丨Lorinn Lyu
实 习丨Intern：肖迈 Niki Xiao
王存璐 Wang Cunlu
卫健武 Wei Jianwu
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