An Ode to Discernment

December 12, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Liu Bolin
Hiding in New York No. 1 - Wall Street Bull, 2011
Archival pigment print 
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Liu Bolin
Hiding in New York No. 3 - Magazine Rack, 2011
Archival pigment print 
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Liu Bolin
Hiding in New York No. 2 - Kenny Scharf Mural, 2011
Archival pigment print 
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Gao Rong
Mailbox, 2011
Embroidery, cloth and foam
26 3/4 x 27 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (68 x 70 x 21 cm)

Cui Xiuwen
Existential Emptiness No.1, 2009
C-Print
46 1/16 x 157 1/2 inches (117 x 400 cm)

Shen Shaomin
Engraved Labyrinth, 2011
Oil on canvas
59 x 59 inches (150 x 150 cm)

Liu Zhuoquan
Atomic Bomb, 2010
Painted glass
11 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches (30 x 7 cm)

Press Release

Klein Sun Gallery is pleased to present "An Ode to Discernment," featuring artists Cui Xiuwen, Gao Rong, Liu Bolin, Liu Zhuoquan, Shen Shaomin, and Zhang Dali. The works from this dynamic group of artists require a need for participation and contemplation from the viewer in order for each work to be fully appreciated. Independently, the works urge the viewer to inwardly explore the complex realms of visually-spurred discernment and in doing so to catalyze a dialogue to be explored throughout the gallery.

An Ode to Discernment offers divergent perspectives with an increasing degree of spectator engagement required in order for each work to achieve its heightened-order of realization. While imparting common attitudes toward societal and consumerist trends, this group of Chinese artists contemporaneously tests the patience and awareness of their spectators.

Using varied expressive channels of spiritual exaltation, illusory composition, and captured tales of omission, the provocative works expose the rich dialectical relationships that visually suggestive artwork initiates when at its full potential.

From a puzzling labyrinth to embroidered nostalgia, An Ode to Discernment envelops the viewer both viscerally and cerebrally, providing more than a mere aesthetic stimulus.  The viewer is challenged to extend one’s analytical and emotional faculties far beyond the visual.

This exhibition will be on view at Eli Klein Fine Art from December 15, 2011 through February 12, 2011. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 15 from 6-9 PM. For further information, please contact the gallery at (212) 255-4388 or info@kleinsungallery.com.