MadeIn Gallery in the Armory Show

On 12/03/2014 by Site Default

MadeIn Company is proud to announce that newly launched MadeIn Gallery will be participating to the Armory Show 2014. On this occasion, the gallery will release one hundred MadeIn Gallery VIP cards at the Armory Show. Each card entitles the holder to a one-off 1,000 USD discount for any artworks purchase in MadeIn Gallery (100,000 USD in total fro 100 cards) and a 5% discount for any purchase within two years: a new attempt of MadeIn Gallery to break into the international art market.

MadeIn Gallery will be presenting for the first time young emerging artist Lu Pingyuan’s latest video work Where Is Grandma. The booth will also feature an installation by He An, An Instant of My Purity Is Worth a Lifetime of Your Lies, and paintings from the series Under Heaven by Xu Zhen, who was selected as the 2014 Armory Show commissioned artist.

MadeIn Company was established in 2009 in Shanghai by Xu Zhen, it is a contemporary art creation company, focused on the production of creativity, and devoted to the research of contemporary culture’s infinite possibilities. MadeIn Gallery will be dedicated to the promotion of talented international artists, holding high quality art events and exhibitions, with an accent on contemporary culture development and communication.

The Armory Show, first step for MadeIn Gallery in the international art scene, is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its fifteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries. MadeIn Gallery will participate in the art fair together with two hundred two galleries from twenty nine cities around the world, in Manhattan’s west side on the Hudson River, New York City.

March 6 to 9, 2014
Pier 94 – Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street New York City

Presented artists:
LU PINGYUAN (b. 1984)
HE AN (b. 1972)
XU ZHEN (b. 1977)



Where is grandma

Where Is Grandma, 2014, video, 10 min approx.

On the occasion of the Armory Show 2014, Lu Pingyuan will present for the first time his latest video Where Is Grandma. After writing various fantastic stories from the art world, Lu Pingyuan started to explore this field of strange logic. Since 2012 he collects and records large amounts of supernatural stories, some of them being lived experiences, other being related by friends, all presenting a certain contemporary “spirit”. These stories are recounted, using different form of narration. Where is grandma is composed of three chapters…

Lu Pingyuan is an emerging active artist, born 1984 in Zhejiang, he currently lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated from Shanghai Institute of Design under the China Academy of Art in 2007. His works with different media such as videos, texts, installations, paintings, performances and other. In 2012, he established together with two other artists the group “Guest”, and is one of the initiators of digital art publication “PDF”. Since 2012, he started to collect and edit various mysterious or extraordinary stories that happened in the art world, and presented them as videos, sounds and installations.

In 2011, he was invited to participate in a Swedish artist-in-residence program by Iaspis and held a solo exhibition Time Capsule in the Gallery Box, in Gothenburg, Sweden. Other solo exhibitions include: Waiting for an Artist, Goethe Open Space, Goethe Institute, Shanghai (2013), Not Included, Hemuse Gallery, Beijing (2012), Autonomous Breathing, in M50 Creative Space, Shanghai (2010). He participated to numerous group shows among which: Archipelago, V Art Center, Shanghai (2013), Reperforming History, Bund 18 Gallery, Shanghai (2011) and Reflections of Minds, MoCA, Shanghai (2010).



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An instant of my purity is worth a lifetime of your lies, 2014, installation (neon sign), 120 x 120 x 10 cm

A blue dazzling neon light outlines the shapes of the sentence “An instant of my purity is worth a lifetime of your lies”, a dialogue extract from Oliver Stone’s famous film Natural Born Killer, translated in Chinese. As a haunting refrain, these broken, codified words are articulated in a circle.

Combining urban industrial material – advertising metal panel, concrete, neon light and stolen signs – He An’s recent works mostly consist in autobiographical installations. He creates various set-ups according to the venue’s architecture and light to invite viewers into a space affected by intimate, almost obsessional, thoughts.

He An is one of the most representative artists of his generation in China.
 Born in 1972 in Wuhan, he graduated from the Hubei Fine Arts Academy. His practice covers photography, sculptures and installations. He has exhibited in Japan (2000), New York (2001) and Canton (2003) and participated in collective international exhibitions, such as “The Real Thing” at the Tate Liverpool in 2007, “Rendez-vous 2008” at the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) in Lyon, “Art Basel Unlimited” in Art Basel 2013 and “The 2013 Carnegie International” (Carnegie Museum) in Pittsburgh.



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Xu Zhen was chosen as the commissioned artist for the 2014 edition of the Armory Show. (photo credit: The Armory Show)

Over his already long career, Xu Zhen (born 1977, living and working in Shanghai) has exhibited internationally, at museums and biennales, such as, Venice Biennale (2001, 2005), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2004), ICP (2004), Mori Art Museum (2005), PS1 (2006), Tate Liverpool (2007). In 2004, he won the prize for ‘Best Artist’ at the China Contemporary Art Award. Recent exhibitions include Xu Zhen: Forbidden Castle (Montanelli Museum, Prague, Czech Republic, 2012) 12 Rooms, Ruhrtriennale (Museum Folkwang, Gelsenkirchen, 2012), Art of Change (Hayward Gallery, London, 2012), 11 Rooms (Manchester International Festival, Manchester City Galleries, 2011).

Aside from being an artist, Xu Zhen is also a curator and actively organizes various art activities. He co-curated together with other artists major exhibitions in Shanghai and was one of the initiators of the contemporary art forum on internet Art-Ba-Ba ( in 2006. In 2009, Xu Zhen established ‘MadeIn Company’, a contemporary art creation corporate, focused on the production of creativity, and devoted to the research of contemporary culture’s infinite possibilities. MadeIn Company’s selected exhibitions include: The 12th Biennale of Lyon (Lyon, France, 2013), The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, 2012); The Unseen – The 4th Guangzhou Triennial (Guangdong Museum of Art, Canton, China, 2012); Surplus Authors, (Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2012), The 1st Kiev Biennale (Arsenale, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012), Inside the White Cube (White Cube, London, U.K., 2012); Sleeping Life Away (Nathalie Obadia Gallery, Paris, France, 2012).

In 2013, MadeIn Company launched the brand “Xu Zhen”. Recent exhibitions comprise: Xu Zhen-A MadeIn Company Production (UCCA, Beijing, China, 2014), The 12th Biennale of Lyon, Lyon, France, 2013), China, China (Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine, 2013) and Movement Field – Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition, produced by MadeIn Company (Long March Space, Beijing, China, 2013).

Xu Zhen, commissioned artist for the 2014 edition of the Armory Show, will be presenting in MadeIn Gallery two artworks from the painting series Under Heaven.

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Under Heaven-2802CF1312 (detail), painting, (oil paint, canvas, aluminium), 60 x 80 x 13 cm

Under Heaven, a magnificent title filled with an authoritative sense, consists in dense cream paintings of fancy colors: strawberry red, grape purple, mocha green, milk white, chocolate black… such as a thick layer of flowery cream on a freshly baked cake. These desiring aliment colors and the creamy form are twisted together into a carved baroque jungle; the exaggerated scales of the works present an intense and extravagant gaiety.

‘Cream’ becomes an illusion: its visual texture stimulates appetite, while deploying a palette of charming excessive colors and extreme density. Under Heaven, created with pastry bags filled with oil colors, follows the rules of the art of decorating cakes. It retains the smooth and creamy sweet, and symbolizes an impenetrable landscape model, a bird view of a prosperous city or an imitation of a micro world. Fragrant and fragile, joyful and decadent, these intertwined layers resemble a miraculous rainbow candy, or a fallen city of desire, belonging to humanity’s grand festival, with its flowing noises, and great momentum. This creamy world, or so-called worldly cream, reflects the Chinese trend of global enjoyment. It is the pop culture of a new era, a new public, new politics, new gaudiness and new future, using a subtle transition between texture and media, the works constitute an optimistic metaphor to reality. This cheerful, crazy, sensual work appears in a similar reality, and co-constructs a certain abnormal and stimulating sense of miracle.


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