AUDEMARS PIGUET ART COMMISSION AT ART BASEL IN MIAMI BEACH 2016Jueves, 24 de Octubre de 2016 11:30 AM
SUN XUN TO PRESENT IMMERSIVE INSTALLATION RECONSTRUCTION OF THE UNIVERSE
Le Brassus, 22 nd November 2016: Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet is delighted to announce further details of Reconstruction of the Universe, a major new immersive artwork by Chinese artist Sun Xun for the second Audemars Piguet Art Commission. The large-scale installation will be unveiled on Tuesday 29 November 2016 at Art Basel in Miami Beach, and will span a city block on the Miami Beach oceanfront.
Sun Xun’s Reconstruction of the Universe will be a completely immersive work of art, stimulating viewers’ senses with 2D and 3D animation, traditional scroll paintings, ink drawings, sound, various architectural and design elements, all of which will be included in a massive pavilion made of curved bamboo. For this work, Sun Xun has employed his entire artistic arsenal, making this one of his most technically complex artworks to date. Sun Xun’s work incorporates traditional craft and cutting-edge technology, and explores global history, politics and memory. Audiences will be invited to enter the installation after dusk to experience the full impact of the illuminated work.
Sun Xun was proposed for the second Audemars Piguet Art Commission by guest curator Ruijun Shen. During the summer of 2016, experts retained by Audemars Piguet worked closely with the artist and his team to develop innovative solutions in order to project his film, Time Spy, onto three spherical screens, which will be displayed inside the pavilion. The animated films included in the installation take inspiration from the Five Elements – metal, wood, fire, water, and earth – that structure the universe and influence change according to Chinese cultural tradition. The works utilize different materials to symbolize each of the elements: a sequence showing miners at work has been created using carbon powder, a large woodcut animation depicts white blooming flowers, ink brings the rolling waves of the sea to life and images of ants and the Earth are finished with coloured pencil. An exceptionally diverse range of visual references will feature in the installation, all of them informed by Sun Xun’s deep study of Western and Eastern cultural traditions. An image evoking Song dynasty ink drawings sets the overarching tone and mood, while other moments offer glimpses of Socialist Realism, Renaissance painting, and various modern and contemporary strains of art. The development and presentation of the installation was undertaken in collaboration with the artist’s three galleries: Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, ShanghART Gallery in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore, and Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong.