MKG127 is pleased to present BLAST, the second
April 23 - May 21, 2011
solo exhibition at MKG127 by Toronto based artist, An Te Liu.
Blast was the journal of the early 20th century Vorticist movement in England. Edited by Wyndham Lewis, Blast was known for the concrete poetry of its typographical style. In An Te Liu’s hands, ‘concrete poetry’ takes on new meaning. The artist animates real things. In mid-air, a vortex-like sculptural arrangement suspends common household devices (from air purifiers and fans, to a George Foreman grill and a Nintendo DX) in an imperfect spiral that fills the gallery space. With Blast, Liu locates an axis in the whirlwind, creating a monumental artwork out of the tension between chaos and control.
Blast follows on from Liu’s 2008 work, Cloud, a hanging assemblage of 136 air purifying appliances. Featured at the 11th Venice Biennial of Architecture and installed in 2010 in Toronto at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Cloud is a recent acquisition of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Liu’s 2009 work, Title Deed, used multiple coats of green paint to transform a vacant suburban house into a life-sized Monopoly piece. In Title Deed 1950s dreams of an equal society bottom out in the empty shell of the subprime mortgage crisis. Commissioned by the Leona Drive Project, Title Deed went viral and was written about by Britain’s Daily Mail and MSN News. Demolished in 2010, the artist is now presenting the project as a limited edition print.
In addition to SFMOMA, An Te Liu’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2008, he was the Canada Council's Artist in Residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, and published the catalogue An Te Liu: Matter.
Opening: An Te Liu (video) - Interviewed by Lori Starr, Canadian Art Connected, aired on ArtSync April 29, 2011
"A blast at our disposible culture" - Murray Whyte, Entertainment - Visual Arts, Toronto Star, Saturday April 23, 2011
"The familiar transformed into the mysterious" - R.M.Vaughan, Globe Arts - Visual Arts, The Globe & Mail,
Saturday May 7, 2011
BLAST, mixed media, 2011
BLAST (detail), mixed media, 2011
Title Deed (19 Leona Drive), 2009/2011, piezo print on Hahnemühle photo rag,
42 x 28 ", edition of 9
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